Washington Cherry Upside-Down Cake

Oh my. Cherry Upside-Down Cake. You really must taste it.

People often ask me – “why ‘Food for a Year’? Do you make meal plans? Do you show people how to store up enough food for a year?”….  I think this recipe a good way to answer that question. Our years are filled with traditions, seasons, celebrations, travel, schedules, work, monotony and once-in-a-lifetime moments. And this Cherry Upside-Down Cake blends several of these into one gorgeous, memorable dessert.

While on our recent stay in Washington State (Orcas Island to be exact), my friend, Angie, joined us for several days. It just so happened that her stay was during our shared birthday week — which can only mean one thing :: cake. Continue reading

Fresh Blackberry Syrup and Simple French Toast

Blackberries are one of my favorite summer fruits and freshly picked Pacific Northwest blackberries are about the very best a that blackberry could ever hope to be. To me, a bowl of sweet blackberries with a sprinkle of sugar is about as good as it gets. So, turning some perfect Pacific Northwest blackberries into a simple syrup seems like a good thing to do. Then pouring that syrup over some homemade French toast seems like an even better thing to do. Continue reading

Million Dollar Mac Bake

This little recipe needs to be tucked away for that moment dinnertime has snuck up on you. A semi-stocked pantry and fridge should have just about everything you need to get this yummy, satisfying meal on the table in under an hour — AND with just the effort of boiling some pasta, mixing in a few ingredients and baking to bubbly, gooey perfection. Continue reading

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