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Quick and Easy Genoise

Raising a cake to its full potential at high altitude is a difficult project. I want to be able to make my own cakes, because I believe you can have dessert but only if you make it yourself. Just for fun I asked a calorie counting program what a piece of sponge cake with no […]

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Almond Lemon Gluten-Free Olive Oil Cake

After a big meal this light cake still disappeared easily. If you don’t have spelt flour and you don’t mind having a little gluten, substitute cake flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Separate 6 eggs. Beat yolks for a minute. Add 1/3 (to 1/2, depending on your taste) cup sugar, and 3 Tbls. powdered […]

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Quick Moules

Mussels are an inexpensive way to get a lot of seafood taste. With about $5, you’ll get a pound, and can over-serve two people. And just a few minutes of preparation. Rinse the mussels. If you purchase these in a grocery store they will already be cleaned several times and not still have dirt and […]


Tomato Breakfast

Once, in Spain, we were having breakfast and the guy next to us started rubbing big, hunking tomato quarters all over his toast, rubbing them until the skin came off in his hand. Then, he dumped salt, pepper and olive oil on the mash and ate it. Later, we went out for tapas, and the […]


Hot Days filled with Too Much Fun to Cook

Hot days. So many tomatoes. I picked the first few plum tomatoes. We have nine (4 SanMarzano Redorta; 5 Opalka) plants in all and we hope they will make enough paste to last us all year. We’ve never grown the Redorta, and the Opalka were grown from seeds I saved from last year, so I […]