Cherry-Almond Cake

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  I parked myself on a bistro table and enjoyed a leisurely lunch of a salad, a baguette and an iced tea.  I was so happy to be seated outside the European bakery in Santana Row on a gorgeous sunny day like today as I toggled my attention between my Kindle and the people walking […]

Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake

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  I have decided that I will not be growing tomatoes again this year.  I never got around to planning for an enclosure that would protect the tomato plants from the resident deer.  The population seems to grow each year and somehow our yard has been chosen as the place to put down roots.  If […]

Homemade Almond Butter (and a Visit to Palm Springs, CA)

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  My husband and I packed our bags for another short trip; this time our destination was Palm Springs.  Is it just me or has the city seen a revival since my last visit seven years ago?  Even on a Wednesday, Palm Canyon Drive was bustling with activity.  It was nice to see the palm […]

Bourbon Maple Toasted Pistachios

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  This past weekend’s storm let up long enough to allow for a pleasant drive up to San Francisco.  ’Tis the season for holiday parties and Christmas shopping and for making sure we get to see our friends before the December calendar gets too full.  We met good friends at Marlowe Saturday night, one of […]

Chocolate Almond Torte with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

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  My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend.  In keeping with tradition, we spent it quietly–no party, no other people; we didn’t even spend the day at the beach, his usual preference.  Instead, we spent most of the day at home, enjoyed being free from obligations and allowed me time to make a little […]