Welcome to the Garden & Recipes Blog

I started baking at about age 8 with my little sister. We loved to create things in the kitchen. As an adult I still love cooking and gardening, so will from time to time share some of my favorite recipes and talk plants. Please check back soon as you never know what delicious food or interesting garden talk will show up next. – Barbara

Cranberry Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These decadent cookies are great for the holiday, I didn’t studder in the heading, there are three kinds of chocolate in the these glourious cookies. 3/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup gran marnier or orange liquor 2/3 cup cocoa powder 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup flour 12 oz dark chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cups butter 3 large eggs 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 1/3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips […]

Plain Old Oatmeal

Of all the Cookies I make these are simple but always good. Enjoy!!!! Oatmeal Cookies ¾ cups unsalted butter softened Mix together 2 cups C&H brown sugar ½ tsp soda ½ tsp salt 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1-cup flour (I like Gold medal Organic Flour best) 3 cups Snoqualmie Falls Oatmeal (a thick cut oat) – uncooked Add ingredients together and mix well The original recipe calls for ¼ cup water; depending on the size of the egg sometimes you need […]

A Winter Day at Detour Farms

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Alexa from the Fat Duck Inn and myself (Barbara from the Inn at Blackberry Creek) started our road trip to Detour Farms with a scary encounter on the triple roundabout at the edge of town. Poor Alexa was wishing she had driven at this point but we were on our way. The drive to Detour farms winds through miles of pasture land and rural homes until you arrive at this beautiful property. Neal and Steve Johnson have created a dreamlike retreat […]

Lemon Cracked Sugar Cookies

The original recipe for these did not have lemon in them, so if you like a plain sugar cookie leave it out and add a tsp Vanilla. I like the little extra the lemon gives to this buttery cookie. 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup butter 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar Cream together until mixed well Add 1 tsp lemon juice 1 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon rind 2 cups flour Mix well and […]

Gluten Free Lemon Cookies

For all those cookies lovers who can’t have gluten this is a refreshing lemony cookie great with afternoon coffee or tea. This recipe does use a baking mix, because the baking mix has leavening in it and salt do not add extra of either. Make sure and use unsalted butter. 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup  unsalted butter 2 egg yolks Beat well then add 1 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 […]

Sundried Tomato, Spinach & Boursin Cheese Quiche with Potato Crust

This is a great quiche, The original recipe came from the Iowa Egg council, of course I had to make some changes, here is my rendition – 2 or 3 large red potatoes Olive oil spray 2/3 cups sun dried tomato in olive oil chopped 5 Large Eggs 1/2 tsp fresh basil or 1/4 tsp dried basil 1 1/2 cups light cream 1 cup grated ramono cheese 1//4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2.5 oz garlic […]

Roasted Potatoes with Green Chilies, White Cheddar and Eggs

This is a great breakfast egg dish we serve often at the Inn at Blackberry Creek. When I try new recipes I always make it exactly as shown, and then I modify it to my taste. The original recipe called for boiled potatoes but the roasting of the potatoes is important and adds a different flavor to the dish so don’t cut corners on that part. 3 Large organic potatoes w/or w/out skins 1 small Walla Walla Sweet Onion 4 […]

Open House Fig and Olive Tapenade

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Tried several new recipes for our open house today, always like to live on the edge just a little with a never tried recipe. This one was great with figs olives and fresh herbs – how could it go wrong. Can be made a day in advance for a great no fuss appetizer In a Pan place 1 cup chopped dried figs 1/2 cups water Boil until liquid is almost gone and figs are soft Add 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoon good quality […]