Recipes and more!

  Smitten Kitchen has a fantastic recipe for the “ultimate” Rice Krispies—BROWN BUTTER Rice Krispy Treats!!  And, believe it or not, they are a game changer! You make the Rice Krispy Treats the same way as usual, but just “brown” the butter. So easy and they will be eaten so […]

Brown Butter Rice Krispies

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

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