Nancy & Nita Featured in ‘Bridging the Gap’ Series

My daughter Nita and I were honored to be included in the Catherinegraceo Bridging the Gap 2017 series! Bridging the Gap brings together incredible women from different generations to foster “reciprocal mentorship.” Thank you to CatherineGraceO for including us!

Here’s an excerpt from the piece.

Miele Experience Center – Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Serve these individual steamed cakes while still warm so that the soft chocolate center oozes when cut into.


8 ounces (1 1/3cup) semisweet chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup brewed espresso

4 large eggs

4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 large pinch salt


Miele Experience Center – Pignoli Cookies


Pignoli Cookies


16 ounces almond paste (two 8-ounce cans)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup confectioner’s sugar, plus more for dusting

4 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

6 tbsp. flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups pine nuts


Preheat the oven to 325F, with racks in center and lower third.  Line

Miele Experience Center – Lebkuchen – German Gingerbread


Lebkuchen – German Gingerbread


6 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed

4 teaspoons ground ginger

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp finely ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp salt


Miele Experience Center – The Kiss Cookie

The Kiss Cookie


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 bag milk chocolate candy kisses


Preheat Convention oven to 350F.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together; set aside.


Friday Night Soup!

Friday night soup!

Remember to clean out the refrigerator on Friday and make a soup or a stew or a casserole.

This Friday I had left over chicken stew, two onions, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, spinach and Romain. And 3/4 of a quart of chicken broth and about a 1/4 quart of

Pecan Pie For A Crowd

Such an easy recipe…


  • Pre made Pillsbury pie crust.
  • 1 – 16oz bottle dark Karo Syrup
  • 2 cups granulated light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups pecans


Mix first six ingredients until

Just the BEST Apple Pie

My dad always said that apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. And boy, did that cheese vary over the years! The first time my mother made this, she used Velveeta cheese (that was in the ’50s). Over the years, the cheese got progressively more sophisticated

Holiday Stuffing with Sausage, Pecans, and Apples

You can use any kind of firm, good bread in this recipe. I like Pepperidge Farm’s sandwich bread. You can even combine a few different kinds if you have some half loaves hanging around in the freezer. Leave the crusts on—it’s less work and gives the stuffing some texture. A

Toasted Mozzarella & Boundless Bruschetta

Toasted Mozzarella & Boundless Bruschetta



  1. Turn on the broiler for your oven.

  2. Slice baguette, or other bread of choice. Arrange slices on sheet pan.

  3. Slice mozzarella. Place mozzarella on top of bread slices.

  4. Broil until mozzarella is melted