Latest Recipes

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 […]


Let’s Talk Mozzarella

Two types of mozzarella are produced in the USA – low moisture mozzarella and high moisture mozzarella.  Low moisture mozzarella was developed to fit our transportation and distribution systems and has been available in grocery stores for years.  It usually comes in a block and often is made with part-skim […]


Mixed Berry Cobbler

Summer in the Pacific Northwest means an abundance of fresh, local berries!  In Mixed Berry Cobbler, the berries are the star!  My favorite combination is blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and the yummy marionberries, grown only in the Pacific Northwest.  Adding very little sugar lets the berries shine.  The buttery, biscuit topping […]

Fish and Seafood

Poached Fish in Saffron Tomato Broth

This is without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite recipes for fish!  It is quick to put together but complex in its flavor.  Saffron, tomatoes, fennel and leeks – classic Mediterranean flavors – cook together to create this incredibly delicious broth.   The chunky tomatoes give some substance to the […]


Beef Enchilada Casserole

Beef Enchilada Casserole takes all of the flavors found in classic enchiladas and simplifies the process by layering the ingredients in a casserole dish rather than rolling them.  I actually like this better, not only because there’s no rolling, but because the sauce gets into every nook and cranny and […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Wicked Chocolate Cake

This cake is dense and rich, moist, and double chocolatey with a hint of coffee and a unique melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is the improved Wicked Chocolate Cake recipe that was served at D’Amico’s Café for many years.  And my family taste-testers agree that it is even better than the original.  […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

I’m all for easy yet delicious desserts.  Beautiful, tasty desserts don’t need to be complicated and this recipe for Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars is a perfect example.  If you love cheesecake but don’t want to get out the springform pan and set up a water bath, you can still enjoy […]