Almond Shortbread Cookies

Before practicing Asian medicine, I was a florist.  Our flowers were shipped in from a distributor in Chinatown in San Francisco.  Every year at Chinese [...]

Dutch Sage, Apple & Pear Sauce Cake

Grandma Niesing, a large Dutch woman,  owned a rambling farm just down the road from my grandparents. Though not actually related, the families had known each [...]

Cranberry Apple Gingerbread Cobbler

Cranberry Apple Gingerbread Cobbler - Moist, rich and dense this is an unusual cobbler reminiscent of traditional holiday cooking. I use Blackstrap molasses which is slightly heavier but more nourishing [...]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake - Many of us are overrun with zucchini in summer. What better way to use up some of the summer squash than to make them into a [...]

Cherry & Apricot Fruit Gratin

Cherry & Apricot Fruit Gratin - Fruit gratins are a wonderful way to use up summer's delicate fruits. Rather than a heavy milk/cream batter that we think of for root [...]

Apple Cider Vinegar Taffy

Vinegar taffy?  Oh, yes.  My family would start making candies to give as Christmas gifts right after Thanksgiving.  This is a variation on an old family favorite recipe. It may [...]

Cranberry Zucchini Bread

During the cooler months it’s time to seek warmth, rest and introspection. Longer cooking methods like stewing and baking help to move our energy inward and slow us down. Their warmth [...]

Ginger Roasted Butternut Squash Puree

Roasting squashes and roots brings out their rich sweetness.  This recipe is the epitome of simple autumn comfort.  Use any squash you like for this recipe–Acorn, Hubbard, turban or pumpkin. [...]

Pumpkin Orange Cookies With Maple Glaze

Squash and pumpkin harvest season meant baking in my childhood.   Delicious and moist, these cookies are still favorites of mine and appearing around Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I prefer to keep [...]