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Vegan and Dairy-Free: A Tale of Two Chocolate Mousses

Happy Valentines Day, my little snookie-wookies, lamby-kins, and kitten-cakes! If overly-sweet pet names aren't your thing, let's head to the kitchen and temper the...
peach upside down cake dessert

Peach Upside-Down Cake: Potluck Perfect

If Vashon ever fancied a name-change, I would suggest Potluck Island, for we are a friendly folk who mark the march of time and...

Hand Pies: From the Bottom of My Flakey Heart

Few symbols capture my heart like the heart. There’s no gray area here, no mistaken intent. Whether rendered in a doodle, decal, cookie-cutter, pie...

Sharon’s Bread-and-Butter Pickle Recipe

Mrs. S. Briskman Makes the Best Pickles! I love bread-and-butter pickles: not too sweet; not too sour; can stand on their own; and can dress...
vashon island sponge cake with raspbrerries

Very Vashon Victoria Sponge Cake

I recently discovered Victoria sponge cake thanks the PBS program The Great British Baking Show, where Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood serve up tasty challenges to...

Bachelor’s Jam: More About the Bachelor, Less About the Jam

Growing up in the South, I harbor many colorful recollections, though sometimes I fear my imagination may have muddied the archival waters and created my own...
nectarine jam simmering

Nectarine Apricot Ginger Jam: Spicing Things Up!

Tommy's jam kitchen is a jammin' this summer, and with a fresh box of Washington State stone fruit beaming before me (courtesy of my...

Sweet Cherry Pickles: Flavorful Tickles

  I must confess, I get a very big kick out of an official moniker bestowed  upon me each year, or at least for as...

How to Make Pie Dough Shine

Pie is my spirit animal. Okay, that's a bit much, how about pie is a smile on my plate. (Hmmm, me thinks I'm trying...

French Coconut Pie: Heaven in a Crust

I'm a loyal pie guy. If you're a pie or tart recipe and you do me right—that is, bake up nicely, remain flakey, speak...