Spring 2019

Happy Spring!

I hope you are enjoying the start of Spring! Here is one of our favorite recipes for Easter/Passover. This recipe was shared with me by my Fathers dear friend Eileen. Sadly she lost her battle with breast cancer many years ago. We miss you Eileen! No Spring celebration table is complete without Eileen’’s BLINTZ SOUFFLE! Enjoy!

Eileen’s Blintz Souffle:

Serves 6 as part of a brunch

- 1/2 cube butter: melted and rubbed in a round 2 qt. pan or 13” x 8 1/2 “  glass baking dish

- 12 frozen blintzes ( cheese) place on bottom of pan

- Beat together:    4 large eggs

                               1 large container sour cream - 8 oz.

                               1/4 cup sugar

                               1 teasp. vanilla

- Pour this mixture over the blintzes

- Sprinkle with cinnamon

- Bake 1 hour at 350 Degrees in the middle of the oven

- Serve with assorted jams and applesauce

Spring 2018! Requested Stuffed Sole Recipe

Stuffed Petrale Sole with Dungeness Crab ( Or Bay Shrimp)

With Skinny Beurre Blanc Sauce ( my version)

Serves 2

2 medium size sole filets

¼ pd. fresh crab meat, rinsed with fresh lemon juice  } mix next 5 ingredients

together in a bowl

1 stalk of celery, stringed and minced fine

Fresh tarragon, minced, about 2 tablespoons

Salt and pepper to taste   

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Place filets in a flat baking dish, spoon filling in the center and roll the filets up.

Tuck seam at bottom.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees                

For the Sauce:

makes about 1 cup

½ cube unsalted butter cut into chunks

½ cup dry white wine

2 tbsp. minced shallots

½ of a fresh lemon juiced

14 tsp. kosher salt

Pinch of white pepper


Melt butter in sauce pan, add shallots and sweat on low, about 5 min.

add in seasoning to taste.

Spoon over filets and pour the rest into the baking dish

Bake for 20 minutes. Half way thru, spoon sauce over the filets again.

Serve immediately. ENJOY!  Lesli Ann Cone

Winter 2017


Winter is here in the Pacific Northwest and it has been a cold one so far! I am always trying to find ways to chase away the dark winter blues...how about you? I would love to know how you do the same with these long dark days.

Here are a few of my tips:

  • I love lighting fragrant candles to brighten up our home and enjoy the warm light and fragrance.
  • It's nice to connect with nature by taking my dog Poppy* for a walk. Even if its raining, the moisture is good for the senses. * my four-legged therapist
  • Taking a nice hot bath with renewing bath salts is great for removing toxins and letting your skin breathe. Add some nice soothing music and you have your very own spa experience!
  • Fresh flowers; George loves flowers in our home and since he has an Ikebana class each week, we have lovely fresh flowers to delight our visual and sight senses.
  • Invest in good skin care products. I just had a significant birthday (aren't they all!) and my BFF Diane, gave me the wonderful gift of Paula's Choice Skin care regiment. I am also in love with CeraVe Hydrating Body wash. The ceramides activate with water. Once you try this terrific product,  you will be hooked!
  • Bake: Research has shown that it is quite therapeutic to make something with your very own hands.  Here is the link for a cake I recently whipped up and it was delish! And it starts with a Duncan Hines (my favorite) cake mix! As Ina says "How easy is that?" https://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cakes/applesauce-walnut-cake/
  • Last and not least: Hug someone you love! The power of touch, well in my opinion, it changes everything!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015! If you are anything like me, we have overindulged during the Holidays....... Wasn't it fun!?! Now, time for health and an investment into ourselves. My commitment (rather than a resolution) to myself, is to get up and move, everyday! At least some kind of movement. Thankfully, my darling 4 legged gal pal Poppy, is happily encouraging me to walk her as well.

Here is a photo of Poppy with her Dad as they take their daily walk to the mailbox and back, rain or shine! Aren't they an inspiration to us all! I wish you all the best in achieving your health goals too!

Spring is here! Or is it?

After a long and hard winter, I am sure you are all looking forward to the renewal process of Spring! I know I sure am!  We are now busy cleaning up the garden and getting it ready for spring beauty and blossoms. It's such a treat to see the crocus sprouting up out of what was once " frozen tundra". Poppy is loving the thaw too and so enjoys frolicking thru the shrubs and such.