Friday, July 29, 2011

Preview--Brock's Cinnamon Rolls

I spent this morning with Brock Booth making his--

Grandma's Best Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls.

You are in for a treat!

You might remember Brock from his graduation party, featured after the Cheesy Bloomin' Onion Sourdough Bread recipe.

It was so much fun watching him make cinnamon rolls!

Here's a little preview, the post will be up sometime next week.

Brock knows his way around the kitchen.

He made three kinds of cinnamon rolls: regular, maple and Nutella.

I am thoroughly impressed with Brock's baking ability.

A big THANKS goes out to his mom, Pam for styling the food for photos!

This is Duke.

He's only two years old, still a puppy.

He is a BIG boy!

Duke's a Great Dane.

What a lucky dog to be rescued by the Booth's!

Check back for the post of these cinnamon rolls, it should be up next week after I finish editing the photos and video!

No printable recipe.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cheesy Potato Salad with Bacon, Cilantro & Roasted Garlic

My sister-in-law Nancy makes a delicious potato salad--it's different because it doesn't have any mayonnaise in it!

This morning Nancy and I were texting back and forth--with ingredients, instructions and questions--all about this salad.

Nancy said the recipe actually comes from her friend Connie Liles.

Remember Connie?

She is the very talented woman that decorated Karen's wedding!

I think this dish works as a side dish as well, it can be served warm or cold.

If you're serving steak, chicken breast or turkey patties, these potatoes would be a very tasty side dish!


about 2 1/2 or 3 lbs. red potatoes
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. bacon
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup red onion, minced
1 tablespoon roasted garlic, mashed
1/4 cup sliced black olives

salt and pepper to taste

Cut the potatoes into pieces, cover with water, bring to boil, and simmer over medium heat until tender. 

While the potatoes are cooking, slice the bacon into pieces and fry.

Fry until crisp, drain on paper towels, and set aside.

Grate 2 cups of cheddar cheese.

Chop 1/4 cup minced red onion, 1/4 cup sliced black olives, and 1 bunch of cilantro.

When the potatoes are tender, drain, and let cool until they are no longer hot, but still warm.

Coarsely mash the potatoes, leaving big chunks for texture.

The last time we barbecued, I roasted several cloves of garlic and keep them in a container in the refrigerator.

They come in handy for garlic lovers.

You can also roast them in the oven by cutting the tops off, drizzling them with a little olive oil and wrapping them in foil--bake them until they turn soft.

For this potato salad, mash the roasted garlic with a fork.

Add the grated cheese.

Then the red onion and olives.

An optional addition might be a little thinly sliced green onion.

Then add the bacon and cilantro.

Combine gently so the potatoes don't mash much further.

They're supposed to be stiff, gooey and cheesy.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I think the possibilities are endless for these potatoes, not just as a salad.

Nancy says to add a dollop of mayonnaise, sour cream or a little salad dressing, but I think they're good as is!

Be careful, though.

There's a possibility of eating all your calories for the day all at once.

('Just sayin'...)



Earlier this year, Nancy, Connie and I went to a book signing.

Yes, that's us with Ree, The Pioneer Woman!

She DOES really sing like Ethel Merman!

Meet Nancy.

Nancy is my husband's sister.

She's got three older brothers.

And she likes to mow the lawn in her underwear.

Nancy can be a girly girl or a tomboy.

My husband says that he and his brothers named Nancy after the comic strip.

He says if she was a boy, the baby's name would have been Sluggo.

I love kindergarten pictures.

So cute!

She was a really good basketball player.

I remember her being the biggest player in her division.

She loves games.

She was good at Scrabble.

Nancy and Bill were high school sweethearts.

She was a beautiful bride.

My son Rick was their ring bearer.

Here's Nancy and Rick dancing at a family wedding several years ago.

Auntie Nancy's always a lot of fun.

When it was Karen's sharing day at school, she shared Auntie Nancy.

Nancy and Connie worked hard to decorate the Hurst Ranch for Karen and Mitchell's wedding.

This is Nancy when she first saw Karen in her gown.

"Auntie Nancy, don't cry!"

Here she is with her family.

Everyone in the Fujimoto family has a special bond with Nancy.

Love you, Nance!



about 2 1/2 or 3 lbs. red potatoes
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. bacon
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup red onion, minced
1 tablespoon roasted garlic, mashed
1/4 cup sliced black olives

salt and pepper to taste

Cut the potatoes into pieces, cover with water, bring to boil, and simmer over medium heat until tender. While the potatoes are cooking, slice the bacon into pieces and fry until crisp.

When the potatoes are tender, drain, and let cool until they are no longer hot, but still warm. Coarsely mash the potatoes, leaving big chunks for texture.

Add the other ingredients and mix gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Grandma Kimbro's 2 Layer Cheesecake

We have a Guest Blogger today!

My dear friend, Sue Godinez, is going to show us how to make her Grandma Kimbro's 2 Layer Cheesecake!


Grandma Kimbro was the nicest lady I have had the pleasure of knowing.

She also had a great sense of humor...I'm convinced it's where I got mine.

Grandma and Grandpa lived above their hardware store in Rosemead.

I loved going to their house!

I was about 15 years old when Grandma taught me how to make her cheesecake.

We loved going to Grandma's house for Kimbro gatherings with all the Aunts, Uncles and Kimbro cousins.

My grandma passed away when I was a senior in high school.

I wish my kids could have met her, they would have loved her!

Hopefully, I can be the same kind of grandma to Payton, so she will bug her mommy and daddy to come see Grammy all the time like I used to do to my parents!

Let's get cooking!



1 1/4 cup Lorna Doone Cookie Crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter


2 8 oz. packages softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2nd Layer:

2 cups sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar

Raspberry Sauce:

1 bag frozen sweetened raspberries

This is one of the changes I made to Grandma's original recipe.

I make a Lorna Doone cookie crust rather than a graham cracker crust.

There are two cellophane packages of cookies in each box.

I use 1 1/2 packages for a 9 inch cheesecake.

My grandma would just throw the cookies on a bread board and roll over them with her rolling pin until they were perfect crumbs for a crust.

I use a gallon sized zip lock bag for easy clean-up.

Grease the bottom of your springform pan so the finished product will slide onto a platter easily.

Add 1/4 cup melted butter to the cookie crumbs and mix well.

Press firmly into a 9 inch springform pan.

I found this 9 1/2 inch square pan at Home Goods.

Refrigerate the crust while mixing the ingredients for the first layer.

Make sure your cream cheese is softened before you begin.

Mix together 2-8 oz. packages of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 eggs.

Don't mix too long, just until creamy.

Add 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Pour mixture over crust.

Place in a pre-heated 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes. 

While the bottom layer is baking, mix the top layer.
2 cups sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Take the cheesecake out of the oven after 20 minutes and let cool for about 15 minutes.

Wondering about the candle?

You can read about its meaning here.

After cooling, very carefully spoon the sour cream mixture over the first layer.

Spread evenly over the first layer and place back into the oven for 10 minutes.

While the top layer is baking, make the raspberry sauce.

Now for the sauce--pay close attention because here's where it may get a little tricky or complicated.

For the raspberry sauce, pour a bag of sweetened frozen raspberries into a blender.

Blend for about 30 seconds, and you're done!

Tricky or complicated?


Pour the sauce into an adorable antique container with a raspberry on top.

I found this while antique shopping in Victorville, CA with my friend Margie.

Let the cheesecake cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, use a butter knife to separate the cheesecake from the edge of the pan.

I used a thin spatula to loosen the cheesecake from the bottom of the pan.

I did this hoping it would slide onto my platter.

And it did!

The finished product is so beautiful, you would never know how easy it was to make.

Cut a slice, top with fruit and drizzle raspberry sauce over the fruit or on the plate.


Bon appetit!


Now it's back to me, Karolyn.

Thank you, Susie, for sharing your grandma's delicious cheesecake recipe!

Sue sent me this picture of Grandma Kimbro's 4 boys and the Kimbro cousins.

Sue's in the white sundress, sitting on her dad's lap.

She's looking for a photo of Grandma Kimbro to share.

Sue and I have known one another a long time, I first met her at her wedding. There's a little bit about us on her guest post, German Chocolate Cake.

Sue and her husband Rick began dating when Sue was 15, they were high school sweethearts.


Rick came from Mexico with his family when he was 6 years old.

He's got 13 brothers and sisters.

When Rick was in junior high, he became friends with my brother-in-law Eugene.

Rick credits Eugene with his assimilation into American culture--from day 1, when they were in class together, Rick says Eugene took him under his wing and Rick is grateful to this day.

Up until then, Rick says he was not comfortable in school.

I love listening to him talk about Eugene with admiration, respect and gratitude.

Here's a photo of Rick and Eugene taken a couple of years ago.

A few years ago, Rick told Eugene how much he meant to him growing up--Eugene had no idea, and couldn't remember teaching Rick.

What Eugene did is lead by example--Rick followed his example.

That's how Rick leads his life, too, leading by example.

Rick's one of my favorite people.

He's a teacher and a coach, has been for years and years.

Whenever we go out together, former students approach him and want to shake his hand.

A former student happened to be driving by his house one day while Rick was outside in his front yard.

The student stopped to tell him how he had listened to the advice Rick gave him in high school--how it changed his life--he had to stop and express his gratitude.

Rick said he gave simple advice--stay out of trouble and get a college education.

Rick loves vintage bicycles.

His favorites are vintage Schwinns.

He finds parts and pieces at swap meets and garage sales, and enjoys restoring and rebuilding them.

Tonka trucks, too.

He likes the vintage metal ones from the 1950s and 1960s.

He painstakingly and lovingly restores them.

He had these toys in his yard sale.

I think he's perfectly happy if nobody buys them.

Most of the people that stop by are the ones that like toys too.

Toy talk.

Rick also likes anything vintage Coca Cola.

It's a lot of fun listening to Rick talk about his latest finds and restoration projects.

He gets so excited when he talks about his treasures--you should see his eyes light up when he talks about chrome!

The thing I admire most about both Rick and Sue is their generosity.

They're generous with their time, home, and hospitality.

I know that, because I am their friend, my family and friends are also welcome in their home and are treated to their hospitality.

On my daughter's wedding day, Rick and Sue hosted the groomsmen for a wonderful luncheon and opened their home so the boys could ready themselves for the wedding.

Rick and Sue are wonderful friends, I am grateful for their presence in our lives.

 I love them dearly.