Cranberry Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

Over Christmas break I bought a few bags of cranberries to use for our holiday meal. My in-laws love cranberry relish this time of year. I bought more than I needed for the relish so I decided to make cranberry coffee cake with the extra cranberries.

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Parmesan Thyme Popovers

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving and I hope you had a good holiday if you celebrated. This year there were just three of us but I kept very busy in the kitchen like usual. I made a lot of traditional American dishes like baked ham, stuffing, potato gratin, and pies. Like usual I also served bread. Normally I buy dinner rolls from the store but this year I made something new: popovers to go with my ham feast.

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Llapingachos Oregon Style

Sometimes I lose track of what is in my pantry. I periodically must go in and dig around to see what I have on hand. This last time I rediscovered a couple of things that a dear friend brought for me from Ecuador several months back. One of them was a jar of refrito paste, which is a form of spice paste that has a number of ingredients including Annatto powder. Another was a jar of red palm oil, something I had never bought or cooked with before.

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Zucchini Waffle

One of the nice things about being home with family is that my son has developed an interest to cook with me. We enjoy making breakfast together on the weekend. We make pancakes or waffles every week. We try to combine spices, fruits, or vegetables to make it more healthy, nutritious, and interesting.

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