Yearly Archives: 2017


I love roasting veggies in the fall. It is almost a consolation prize for all the summer produce that is leaving us. This recipe is so easy to make, filling and delicious! Using Delicata squash is a revelation too, since it is the only squash that I know of you […]

Delicata Squash Fall Salad





I have been working with the Centre Region Senior Center, in State College, demonstrating cooking techniques and making lunch for them once a month. The seniors like to watch my preparations, ask me questions and tell me their stories.  I love listening to their stories and serving them fresh, local […]

Lunch with the Seniors


    When your father is 86 years old,  you struggle to find a gift for Father’s Day that he will like/that is appropriate. After all, he always says “I have everything I need” and that is true. I, too, am finding myself needing and wanting far fewer “things” than […]

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


I had a conversation with one of my daughter’s friends yesterday. I had not seen her in several months, and  as we caught up with each other, I expressed my appreciation that she “liked” the Instagram photos I post on my Happy Valley Learn to Cook Instagram page. She said, […]

Almond Cereal Bars



Now that it is the month of March, summer can almost be seen on the horizon! The crocuses are showing themselves in my yard, I can go out and get a few fresh leaves of sage from my garden. Warm days are so welcome, but with them comes NO SWEATERS! […]

Warrior Salad


I think Valentines Day is for CHOCOLATE! And yes, you can go out and buy a heart shaped box of chocolates, or a fancy dessert from the grocery store or a pastry shop. But why, when you can make, literally in 5 minutes, a creamy, homemade mousse that your valentine […]

Chocolate Mousse