Sunday, December 17, 2017

Molasses Cookies for Christmas and Santa!

Molasses cookies (from Bon Appetit) remind me of ginger bread cookies - better tasting!
to keep them soft - cook them like you would a brownie -until the inside part is not wet -take them out immediately.  This way, they are soft!

  • Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 375°. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk egg, butter, granulated sugar, molasses, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Mix in dry ingredients just to combine.  Place sanding sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful and roll into balls (if dough is sticky, chill 20 minutes). Roll in sugar and place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2” apart.  Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed, cracked, and just set around edges (overbaked cookies won’t be chewy), 8–10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.


    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 large egg
    • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
    • ⅓ cup mild-flavored (light) or robust-flavored (dark) molasses
    • ¼ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
    • Coarse sanding or raw sugar (for rolling)

      NOTES:  used powdered sugar for rolling
      added walnuts

Monday, September 11, 2017


Enjoyed the following wineries in the North of California

Regions of Napa Vallet, Sonoma, Anderson Vallet
"Tres Sabores"
"Alexander Valley"

Pestoni Family

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Chicory Greens : Grumolo

I can't say enough about these greens - cooked or raw - greens and beans, salads, sautéed like spinach - they are ever-loving good!

The bonus to these seeds - I purchase from seeds of italy - growitalian - or Baker Creek - rareseeds - is they are PERENNIAL!  all of the plants came back this spring.  Our frosty winters are -20 below so anything that comes back each year is HARDY...

If you dig below the surface you will find long taproots similar to dandelion - as chicory is the larger  plant category.  These greens are highly nutritious.  good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C and B9...

Thursday, March 30, 2017