Recipes Archive

Huckleberry Peach Pie

  My favorite summertime pie, full of juicy fresh-picked GreenBluff orchard peaches and wild huckleberries from Mount Spokane.   Notes: You can find my recipe for Grandma’s Pie Dough here. I highly recommend using only fresh, tree-ripened peaches as they are the most tasty and flavorful. Huckleberries are sometimes compared to blueberries, mostly because of

Grandma’s Pie Dough

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a pie by its crust. This is hands-down the best piecrust ever, adapted from my mother-in-law Mary Jane’s recipe. It’s rich, flaky and unforgettable. You can make the dough, wrap it, and freeze for baking later.   Mary Jane was given the original

Dandelion Tea

Another great use of dandelions is to brew them into as a simple tea. It’s really easy to make. Simply steep a handful of fresh leaves and blossoms in hot water for 5-10 minutes. The tea is quite mild and reminds me of spring, which seems appropriate for the plant that truly is one of

Dandelion Morning

Yesterday I talked about the nutritional value of the dandelion – such a gem of a plant, and a great ingredient for starting your day in a healthy way. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Although the flower is a great source of nutrition, it’s a little too bitter for me to eat raw,

Asian Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

I’m always looking for healthy ways to add proteins into my meal making and quinoa is a big favorite of mine. I like how it can sort of mimic ground meat, when flavored well. I first created this recipe as an appetizer for a friend’s birthday party and have since been serving it to Colin

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I made this cake for Luke’s 15th birthday. He wanted a dessert that was a chocolaty surprise. He’s been on a peanut butter tear lately, so I figured he’d love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I mean really, how can you go wrong with that?! This cake is mouth watering, melt in your

Serve it Pretty

This time of year we take the time to make beautiful things and serve our favorite foods, so why not serve them in a pretty way? The best thing is, it doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. My friend, Jill, serves appetizers on a cutting board, simply topped with cedar. You can add a

Christmas “Tree-ts”

These tasty little treats “tree-ts” are a fun adaptation of our family’s Sweetie Pies. And although they’re dusted with powdered sugar, they’re actually not overly sweet, which is a nice change of pace during the holidays when things can be overly sugary. And the list of ingredients is pretty simple: Pie Crust, Jam, A Beaten Egg,

How to Make Merry Cakes

Oh what fun it is to make merry little cakes…. ♬♪♫ Today I started with basic cakes from the bakery and some simple essentials. First step, sugar the cranberries. (I do the entire sugaring process over the sink. When I’m done, I can simply rinse the colander and the sink all clean). Place cranberries in a colander

Margaret’s Special Oatmeal Cookies

Since sharing Floyd & Margaret’s story here a few days ago, their story has spread across the country. Most recently, the Today Show ran a story which included a mention of  Margaret’s oatmeal cookies as well as a link to my blog. (You can read my tribute to Floyd and Margaret by clicking here). Because of the overwhelming