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Cakes and Cheesecakes

Apple Spice Cake

After an unusually hot summer, fall is approaching and so is cooler weather, beckoning me to the kitchen.  I can’t wait to be done with gardening and yard duty and get back to what I truly love to do, BAKE.  September is all about apples.  There are so many varieties […]

Vegetables and Sides

Cheesy Corn Casserole

I think of this as an elevated version of Southern corn pudding.  Southern corn pudding is usually quite sweet, made with the addition of sugar, Jiffy corn muffin mix, and canned creamed corn.  My Corn Casserole recipe is quite savory, full of sweet, crunchy corn, a bit spicy, and souffle-like […]

Vegetables and Sides

Crispy Corn Fritters

Don’t you just love corn season?  Sweet, crunchy, tender, juicy corn – YUM!  Yes, corn on the cob is great.  Perfect, actually!  But I get bored with the same old thing no matter how good it is.  Crispy Corn Fritters are an easy side dish and the perfect way to […]


Tomato Butter

This is a great way to preserve the taste of sweet summer tomatoes and also one of the easiest.  Broil some cherry tomatoes and blend in the food processor with some butter.  That’s it!  The result is a flavorful and vibrant orange compound butter, and there are countless ways to […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Plum Upside-Down Cake

Gooey, delicious, and gorgeous – the color of in-season plums is stunning!  And this is peak plum season.  Most plums are on the tart side which makes them perfect for caramelizing in butter and brown sugar.  Sweet and tangy caramelized plums are topped with a moist and buttery almond cake.  […]

Other Desserts

Plum Compote with Red Wine

A chunky plum sauce that goes together in 15 minutes.  Use any kind of plums you like.  Substitute water or juice for the wine to make it non-alcoholic.  Spoon this delicious compote over Polenta Biscuits, add a dollop of cardamom scented whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for […]

Breads and Pizza

Polenta Biscuits

This recipe is taken from page 58 of the Cookbook. It is included here as an excellent accompaniment to this week’s recipe for Plum Compote with Red Wine.


Slices of Lemon Pie

My friend Linda recently made “Slices of Lemon Pie” from my first cookbook written in 1984 (more about that first cookbook after the recipe).  I thought it would be fun to resurrect the recipe.  A bit of tweaking was necessary since I have learned so much over the last 37 […]

Friends and Family

Carol Freeman Liebrich

Carol Freeman Liebrich was a special person – kind, loving, funny, smart.  Carol was an indispensable part of the D’Amico’s Café family for 15 years.  She was loved by her fellow employees and customers.  Her presence made D’Amico’s Café a better place for everyone, and especially for me.  I would […]

Breads and Pizza

Pan Pizza

Everyone has their favorite style of pizza.  Pan Pizza will not convert Neapolitan or other thin crust pizza lovers.  For those of you who like your pizza loaded with 3 kinds of meat and weighed down with double cheese, this won’t be your “go to” pizza.  But who says you […]