Excellent & Easy Slow Cooker Cheesecake

I just entered this cheesecake in the 2018 Oregon State Fair and it won a Blue Ribbon and Best of Division! What’s not to like about a slow cooker cheesecake recipe that tastes like real cheesecake, is easy to make, and is almost impossible to mess up? It...

Is It Okay to Use Cheap Liquor for Cooking?

I doubt anyone will be able to tell if the wine you used in your red meat sauce came from a $2.98 bottle of Trader Joe’s house brand or a $44 Domaine du Pelican Arbois Trois Cépages. But try using the cheapest bourbon for your pulled pork barbecue...

Ginger Tahini Salad Dressing That Breaks All of the Rules

My starter recipe for Ginger Tahini Salad Dressing violates the number one rule of every recipe I’ve ever seen for this kind of salad dressing: it only has four ingredients. There’s nothing stopping you from adding honey, soy, lemon, garlic or God knows what. But ginger and tahini...

To Die For Caribbean Rum Bundt Cake

Unless you are trying to score with someone who is in AA, this cake should be at the top of your list of recipes to help you get laid. It will impress and amaze. I have made it five times and I wouldn’t consider another rum cake recipe—it’s...

Not bad for one day of baking!

I decided to enter some of my favorite recipes in our county fair, but I only had one day to bake. So I started baking at 7:00 am and was at the fairgrounds by 5:00 pm. But at about 2 pm, the curd for my lemon meringue pie...

Apple Butter: To Peel or Not to Peel?

In trying to find the best recipe for making apple butter, I discovered there are two opposing camps on whether the apples should be peeled or not peeled. Apples for apple butter are cooked for several hours on low, and then they’re zapped with an immersion blender or...

Banana Bread Bake Off Competition, And the Winner Is…

My experimental loaf of banana bread supercharged with ½ cup of home-made banana rum liqueur and an infusion of the juice from 5 bananas (reduced down to approximately a ¼ cup)  just placed third at the Oregon State Fair. Given how many banana breads are entered in state...