Gladys Salter’s Brown Sugar Cookies

According to my sister Patsy, my mother would have enjoyed coffee and cookies or whatever else was available when she visited Gladys Salter at her home a short distance east of Hayward off Highway B. According to my sister Barbara, “Gladys was a tiny lady, didn’t like social events and lots of people around, but…
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The Magician’s Crepes

About three months after my mother died, my siblings and I met at the “home place” to sort the contents for an estate sale. In the kitchen and back room (where the dining table was) we found things that I had never seen. My mother liked to try new cooking equipment she saw on TV…
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Jill’s Moist Chocolate Cake

Our neighbors Jill and Lonnie have deserted us. They now enjoy waking up to views of the Rocky Mountains, rub shoulders with bison and breathe the cool air of Colorado. Before they headed west, they asked us over for dinner. For dessert, Jill served a wonderful moist chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. It was…
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Jerri’s Cherry Torte

Over four thousand years ago, a scribe in Sumeria (modern-day southern Iraq) wrote down the recipe for beer on a clay tablet. He composed it as a hymn to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer and brewing. The name means “The Lady who fills the mouth,” and the hymn may have been written to help apprentice…
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Helen’s Orange Fruitcake

When Pearl told me about this recipe, I was a little skeptical: Orange slice candy in a cake? You may ask yourself the same question, but after making and eating this version of a holiday fruitcake, I am happy to recommend it. I still prefer my Four In One Fruitcake, but Helen’s Orange Fruitcake is…
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