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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



Our Christmas Eve table is not complete with Artichoke Dip. When my daughter Rebecca was young, she asked “can you please make artichoke dip WITHOUT those artichokes?”  She would pick around them for the gooey goodness.  I decided just to dice the artichokes smaller!  No more complaints.  What is Artichoke […]

Artichoke Dip for the Holidays



A couple of years ago I wrote an article for WPSU’s Local Food Journey. It came to me from memories I had while baking our Christmas Plum Bread this year.  I realized the history that went into the recipe and all the fond memories from those days. I am reprinting […]

Tradition and Plum Bread


We are heading in to the happy season!! The season of giving and getting treats. Did you know that studies show that “scratch desserts are better for your waistline than ho-hum packaged versions.” By baking cookies, cakes and other goodies yourself, you can eliminate the artificial ingredients and all the […]

Gingersnap Cookies


Halloween this year was quiet, just the two of us. Since we don’t have many kids come knocking on our door anymore, we decided to be “bad” and pretend we were not home.  It’s not hard when you turn out all the lights and watch the episodes of Poldark you’ve […]

Fun Fondue for Halloween