thanks to John Rudy for this


1/2 CupButter (melted)
2Large eggs
½ CupAll-purpose Flour
½ CupGranulated Sugar
½ CupBrown sugar (packed)
1 Cupsemi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1Regular 9“ pie crust – not deep dish

Preparation procedure

Preheat oven to 325°F.

  1. Melt butter then set aside.
  2. Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy (or beat with a whisk just well enough to see a few bubbles).
  3. Mix in granulated sugar, brown sugar, and flour.
  4. Slowly stir in butter and then chocolate chips.
  5. Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until knife inserted half way between outside edge and center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on wire rack.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
This pie freezes well.
(Recipe from John Rudy and Genius Kitchen )

Healthy Moist Banana Bread

2eggs, beaten
½ cupolive oil or melted coconut oil
1/3 cuphoney (or maple syrup)
¼ cupgreek yogurt (or milk)
1 tspvanilla extract
1 cupmashed ripe bananas 2-3 (smi used 4)
1¾ cupwhole wheat flour (or white flour) (265 grams)
½ tspground cinnamon
1 tspbaking soda
½ tspsalt
½ cupadd-ins: chocolate chips; chopped walnuts; etc


Grease 9”x5“ loaf pan Preheat oven to 325˚F

  1. Mix dry ingreds (flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt) in a bowl
  2. Mix wet ingreds (eggs, oil, honey, yogurt, vanilla) for 2 mins in a large bowl. Stir in bananas.
  3. Stir dry ingreds into wet ingreds
  4. Stir in add-ins
  5. Pour in the greased pan
  6. sprinkle with cinnamon, raw sugar, or banana slices (optional).
  7. Bake 50-55 mins till toothpick comes out clean
  8. Cool 10 minutes, slice

Makes: 12 ¾” slices approx. 238 calories each.


You may need to make mods based on your machine. Mine is a SKG Automatic Bread Machine 2LB.

2 TbspVegetable oil
3 TbspHoney
1 eggand water to make 10 ounces
3 Tbspdried milk powder
240gWhite flour (approx 1½ cups)
240gWhole wheat flour (approx 1½ cups)
1 tsptable salt (or 5g kosher salt)
2 tspdry yeast

Set machine on #3 Sweet, Large loaf
Machine beeps to add more ingredients at 2:35, then you can add:

  • 100g quick oats, or
  • 1 cup Craisins

You might be able to add both.

Pecan-Cranberry Modification

Modify the previous recipe as follows to make a pecan-cranberry bread.

  • In liquid, use 2 eggs instead of one, still go to 10 ounces liquid
  • When adding the flour, also add 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Prepare ahead of time, and then 5 minutes before the beep telling you to add ingredients, add:
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup Craisins

Thanks to LauraL. You can store this batter in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. There is an option to make the cookies thicker (read on!)


2 sticks of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of light brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp of vanilla
2 cups of flour (use a bit over 2½ cups of flour to make cookies thicker)
1¼ cups of chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350F

  1. Combine butter, sugar, light brown sugar, salt & baking soda with electric mixer for about 2 minutes (until creamy)
  2. Add eggs and vanilla
  3. Add flour gradually
  4. Mix in chocolate chips with a spoon
  5. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour (the longer the better, can be kept in refrigerator up to 1 week)
  6. Using about a teaspoon full of dough, roll into a ball
  7. Bake for 10 minutes
  8. Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes before removing them from the pan

Chocolate Covered Caramelized Matzoh

4 to 6 sheetsunsalted Matzohs
1 cup (230g)unsalted butter, cut into chunks (two sticks)
1 cup (215g)firmly-packed light brown sugar
big pinchsea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 1/2 cups (240g) semisweet chocolate chips (or chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate)
1 cup (80g)toasted sliced almonds (optional)
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet (approximately 11 x 17″, 28 x 42cm) completely with foil, making sure the foil goes up and over the edges. Cover the foil with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC).
  3. Line the bottom of the sheet with matzoh, breaking extra pieces as necessary to fill in any spaces.
  4. In a 3-4 quart (3-4l) heavy duty saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the butter is melted and the mixture is beginning to boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add the salt and vanilla, and pour over matzoh. Working quickly, spread the caramel with a heatproof spatula.
  5. Put the pan in the oven and reduce the heat to 350ºF (175ºC) degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. As it bakes, it will bubble up but make sure it’s not burning every once in a while. If it is burning in spots, remove from oven and reduce the heat to 325ºF (160ºC), then replace the pan.
  6. Remove from oven and immediately cover with chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes, then spread with an offset spatula.
  7. If you wish, sprinkle with toasted almonds (or another favorite nut, toasted and coarsely-chopped), a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, or roasted cocoa nibs.

Either: (a) Let cool completely, or (b) While still warm, break into pieces. (if warm put in cold place to cool) and store in an airtight container until ready to serve. It should keep well for about one week.

From Barbara BenZvi; Adapted from

From the website:

Blackberry Honey-Wheat Cream Scones
Author: Savory Sweet Life
Recipe type: Bread
Prep time:  5 mins
Cook time:  18 mins
Total time:  23 mins
Serves: 8

Blackberry Honey-Wheat Cream Scones - Made with a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour, these scones have a touch of sweetness with a soft - melt in your mouth texture.

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour [Barb: Spelt]
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar [Barb: Sucanat]
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup heavy cream [smi: nonfat half and half? 1C almonds & 1C water electric blender, till smooth; or less water for thicker; measure out ¾ cup.]
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons honey [Barb: honey w/more flavor eg wild berry variety]
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract [Barb: Kahlua, 1½ tsp]
  • 1½ cups frozen blackberries [Barb: Skip. Add 4oz toasted pecans & 4-5 oz chopped 70% chocolate]


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a food processor, add both flours, baking powder, brown sugar, and salt. Pulsate the dry ingredients for a couple of seconds to mix everything. Add the butter. Pulsate again until a coarse meal forms. Transfer everything to a large mixing bowl. Add the heavy cream, egg, honey, and vanilla extract and knead the dough inside the bowl until it comes together. [Barb: skip this] Add the frozen blackberries [Barb: add pecans & chocolate] and work the dough with your hands and fast as you can into a large ball. The less you handle the blackberries, the less purplish colored scones you'll have. Frozen blackberries also help the berries keep their shape instead of getting smoothed into the dough.
  2. On a floured surface, flatten the dough ball into a disk one inch thick. Cut the disk into eight equal pieces. Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. [Barb: Sprinkle w/Turbinado (raw) sugar] Bake the scones for 15-18 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Transfer scones to a wire rack to cool.


No food processor? Feel free to use your fingers. Work the dry ingredients and the butter by rubbing your fingers together until coarse meal forms.

Barbara's revisions
You can make these just as the recipe calls for or check out what I've done.

  • I used Spelt flour instead of whole wheat (it's a “cousin” of whole wheat with a really nice aroma).  You can find it at Whole Foods and other grocers.
  • Instead of brown sugar, I used Sucanat which is granulated instead of packed…nice flavor!  Also, can find this at Whole Foods.
  • Select a honey with some flavor to it.  I use a wild berry variety.
  • Instead of vanilla, feel free to use a liqueur…I use Kahlua…no reason other than I've used it with other recipes with chocolate.  (If I'm baking with almonds, I use Amaretto.)  Also, I use 1-1/2 teaspoons of the Kahlua.
  • I skip the blackberries and add 4 oz. toasted pecans and 4-5 oz. chopped 70% chocolate (NOT chocolate chips).
  • Once you've formed the scones, sprinkle them with Turbinado (raw) sugar.  It gives them a crunchy texture.  Yum!  Make sure to keep them spaced far enough apart on the baking sheet to allow them to brown.

OK, lots of work, but once you get in the rhythm, you'll be whipping these together without much effort.

from The Takeout

1 medium white onion, halved and sliced very thin (on a mandoline if you have one)
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
1 packet Lipton onion soup mix
1/3 cup Italian (not panko) bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
American cheese, to top
Dill pickle slices, to top
12-pack Hawaiian dinner rolls, split

Get the sliced onions caramelizing while you prepare everything else. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet, add the onions, stir to coat, and enact the long, slow dance of adding water and scraping every time the onions start to sizzle.

Meanwhile, add the beef, soup mix, bread crumbs, and egg to a bowl. Fold together until the mixture is just firming up. You’re going to mix this a lot more than a typical burger, but do it as little as you can to keep it from going full racquetball on you.

Evenly spread the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch rimmed sheet pan, refrigerate, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When the oven comes to temperature, remove the beef from the fridge and top it with the caramelized onions. Bake for 12-15 minutes. If you’ve sculpted correctly (yes, this is art), the entirety of the pan should come to temperature at the same time.

Drain the liquid (one of those drawbacks of heartland sheet-based cooking) and, if you’re serving immediately, top with cheese and pop under the broiler to melt. Remove from oven, slice into 12 even portions, and make some sliders.

If you’re feeling fancy, pop the cardboard tray of split rolls out of the bag, cover with a dish towel or parchment paper, and steam them for a minute or two before assembling the burgers.

These taste great served immediately, but Mom’s secret trick was always to make extras, reassemble the rolls in neat order in the tray, and put that back into the bag so we’d have a second day (usually never a third) of slider leftovers. Just pop a few out, microwave, and enjoy. Thirty seconds wrapped in a damp paper towel and the leftovers are nearly good as new.

Thanks to John Rudy for this discussion and recipe, September 2019

Gelato by John Rudy

We recently returned from Sicily and Rome where you never see the words “ice cream”. I don’t know why gelato has not caught on in the United States as most Americans who visit Italy fall in love with it. We did an important study and rated the gelatos at about 8 places. The best got a 9.5 on the Mir scale. The worst got a 7 (except for one at a hotel).

Good ice cream, as we all know, has a very high fat content. The best ice cream is about 2:1 heavy cream to milk, plus egg yolks and sugar, which is heated until the sugar dissolves. It is then cooled and beaten while kept cold which introduces air (sometimes a lot). Gelato is different. It starts out with a similar custard base but has a higher proportion of whole milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all). Over-ripe fruit should be used for the best flavor. It is churned at a much slower rate, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato denser and smoother than ice cream. Vanilla gelato contains about 90 calories and 3 grams of fat, compared to 125 calories and 7 grams of fat in the average vanilla ice cream. Gelato is served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, so its texture stays silkier and softer, yet dense due to the lack of air. Because it has a lower percentage of fat than ice cream, the main flavor ingredients really shine through. Rick Steves says that gelato should not be stored for a long time; preferably only a day or two. So eating a lot is emphasized. Here is a recipe for chocolate gelato, my favorite.

2¼ cupswhole milk
⅓ cupheavy cream
¾ cupsugar, divided
1 cupunsweetened cocoa powder
2 ouncesbittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4extra-large egg yolks
2 Tbspcoffee flavor liqueur (recommended: Kahlua)
2 tsppure vanilla extract
pinchkosher salt
8chocolates, roughly chopped, optional but really good
  1. Heat the milk, cream, and ½ cup sugar in a 2-quart saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the milk starts to simmer. Add the cocoa powder and chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into a heat-proof measuring cup.
  2. Place the egg yolks and the remaining ¼ cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and very thick. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg and chocolate mixture back into the 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. A candy thermometer will register about 180° F. Don't allow the mixture to boil!
  3. Pour the mixture through a sieve (to remove any inadvertent lumps) into a bowl and stir in the coffee liqueur, vanilla, and salt. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and chill completely.
  4. Pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions. Don’t over-beat. Stir in the roughly chopped chocolate, if using, and freeze in covered containers. Allow the gelato to thaw slightly before serving so it is not hard.

Recipe was originally from Dave Maynard, a local Boston radio/TV celebrity, from over 20 years ago; received in the 90's from CarolP.

  • Take a turkey, wash and remove giblets. Dry.
  • Take weight of turkey, determine total cooking time based on 13.5 minutes/pound
  • Put turkey in pan on its breast (note that it is not stuffed) and roast at 425F:
    • Turkey weighs less than 20 pounds: 1 hour 15 mins
    • Turkey weighs 20 pounds or more: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Remove from oven, turn over (so it's on it's back), stuff it with dressing
  • Put in pan and put aluminum foil tent over it (snug to the pan so it's completely enclosed)
  • Back in 350F oven for remainder of cooking time
  • Remove foil and juices 30 minutes before cooking time is complete (and put back in oven) to brown the turkey
  • When cooking is complete, remove from oven and let sit 20 minutes or so

Cooking time/temp examples:
25 pound turkey: total cooking time 5.6 hours, 1 hour 30 mins at 425F, 4 hours 12 mins at 350F
12 pound turkey: total cooking time 2.7 hours, 1 hour 15 mins at 425F, 1 hour 30 mins at 350F

I have put the neck in the pan along with the turkey with success; put extra stuffing over the neck to cover it (optional)
I've tried various time/pounds. Original recipe called for 15 mins/pound but I found that to overcook the turkey, and over time determined that 13.5 mins/pound worked the best. (Depends on many factors including the accuracy of oven temperature.)

Whisk 1 egg in the cup then add

  • 2 Tbsp vanilla yogurt (or 2 Tbsp Greek unflavored yogurt + couple drops of vanilla)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1 Tbsp quick cook oats
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or try 2tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Microwave 90 seconds

  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp oil
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Drop more chips on top of batter then microwave 60 seconds

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