It’s National Dessert Day. Something Cherry, Lorena Gonzalez?

Having finished last night chronologically listing several months of photos meant to go in this blog with a paragraph or two and discovering that today is U.S. National Dessert Day and with Seattle prepping for a Mayoral election, I decided to do a quick post inspired by all those things. During the run-up to the … More It’s National Dessert Day. Something Cherry, Lorena Gonzalez?

Happy Birthday to Best-Selling Author

We’ll be having this: Recipe is here: https://mschefinseattle.com/2019/06/06/chocolate-shortcake-with-nectarines-recipe/ Maria is definitely having a happy birthday. Her first published book, Crown Jewels, The Akasha Records, Book1 is #1 on Amazon in the category Alchemy, written for young adults and ordered by many adults including those taking her companion course “30 Days of Authenticity” on the Intention Inspired website. … More Happy Birthday to Best-Selling Author

Variations on a Dutch-oven theme: No-knead Maple Oatmeal Bread

Like many bakers, cooks and chefs everywhere, I’m open to trying out somebody else’s recipe in the same genre of an old or new favorite and so it is with this bread. The recipe* for this bread was linked inside a newspaper article on 10 easy breads for the home-bakers staying inside and safe because … More Variations on a Dutch-oven theme: No-knead Maple Oatmeal Bread

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drop Cookies, Recipe

While it’s true there is no baking involved for these classic cookies, there is cooking and the necessity of taking care with boiling hot syrup, especially when it bubbles and spits as the vanilla is added. Constant attention at the stove is vital to avoid a burned mess for a cookie that doubles as a … More No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drop Cookies, Recipe

Wildflowers & Seasonal Jam of Apricots with my recipe

Absolutely NO corn syrup. NO pectin. (Lemon juice is the helper.)  I use considerably less sugar than most jam recipes. It’s a choice. It’s also plenty sweet. 3 quarts chopped apricots, 7 cups sugar, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice. Stir in deep pot and let sit for 3 hours, also known as macerating. It pulls … More Wildflowers & Seasonal Jam of Apricots with my recipe

In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Blonde Brownies & No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Drops

Sometimes the title says a lot. Two girls were making different cookies at the same time with me via Skype, getting ready for camping take-alongs. The oldest made the chocolate no-bakes which require bringing ingredients to a boil and undivided attention and a bit of fatherly supervision at the critical time. The youngest made her … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Blonde Brownies & No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Drops