Recipes

Undercover Caterer
Nana Recipe Wednesday–Almond Salad

Jul 23, 2014

I can’t believe I haven’t made this salad already.  Somehow I’d never seen the card.  It has all the qualities I like in a recipe.  1) It’s easy.  2) I don’t really have to cook anything.  3) It’s easy.  4) It involves both fruit and vegetables.  5) It’s easy.  6) It tastes good. I...

Crazy for Crust
Perfect Whipped Cream {5 ways}

Jul 23, 2014
Perfect Whipped Cream {5 ways}

Whipped cream is probably the easiest thing to make. With these step by step photos and the perfect recipe, you’ll never have to buy canned again. Plus, did you know how easy it is to make flavored whipped cream? I made 4 other flavors from the base recipe. You need these in your life,...

The Sacramento Bee
Tomato time challenge: How to preserve the harvest

Across Sacramento kitchens in midsummer, cooks annually see red. The trigger is an avalanche of homegrown tomatoes – or irresistible bargains brought home from the farmers market.

In the heart of tomato country, this bounty brings palpitations. What to do with all those tomatoes?

It’s a dilemma –...

The Sacramento Bee
What’s Cooking: Jam, the secret ingredient

It was probably 15 years ago that I discovered the magic that is a nearly empty jar of jam.

Until then, I’d always hated those sticky-knuckle moments of scraping the dregs of the jar, hoping I had enough to add that sweet balance so needed by the otherwise leaden smear...

The Sacramento Bee
The Mailbox: Readers’ recipe requests

Jul 22, 2014

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Does anyone have the recipe for the reddish-brown enchilada sauce served at Theresa’s Mexican Restaurant? It was delicious. Her family-run restaurant was very popular with the media and the old Kings players. Her restaurant was first located on Northgate Boulevard in Natomas. She then moved to an old Chinese restaurant...

The Sacramento Bee
Bulk up the BLT by adding fish, not fat

In terms of flavor and texture, it’s hard to beat a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, reportedly one of the nation’s most popular sandwiches. Trouble is, it’s not exactly filling.

I’ve always thought of the BLT as an air sandwich; it packs plenty of calories but demonstrates very little staying...

Foods for the Soul
Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Muffins

Jul 21, 2014
Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Muffins

An easy recipe for moist banana muffins studded with juicy strawberries. You won’t miss the fat in these lightened-up breakfast treats!     My first morning on our Tahoe family vacation last week, my eyelids groggily peeled open as my alarm sang out its annoying tune right next to my ear shortly after the sun...

Undercover Caterer
How to make Sonora hot dogs; yes, you will need bacon

Jul 21, 2014

Besides doing a lot of traveling, this summer has also involved a lot of baseball, and therefore, a lot of hot dogs. In fact, because I was at the ballpark most of the weekend, I ate a hot dog every single day.  Maybe my plan to put Sonora hot dogs on the menu was...

Crazy for Crust
Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast

Jul 21, 2014
Baked Chocolate Croissant French Toast

Making french toast one piece at a time is so last year. Baked French Toast is where it’s at. Especially when you use Croissants for the bread…and add chocolate chips! Tomorrow is a special day: it’s my 13th wedding anniversary. I really can’t believe it’s been that long. I was such a baby! {If you...

Baked Bree
Cowboy Bark Brownies

Jul 20, 2014
Cowboy Bark Brownies

Have you tried the crazy addicting Cowboy Bark from Trader Joe’s? Well, if you haven’t, take my word, it is tasty. Dark chocolate, crushed pretzels, toffee, crushed Oreos, nuts, more chocolate, and my favorite bit – sea salt. I needed to bring a dessert to a friend’s house for dinner and came...

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