You probably wouldn’t know it at first blush, but it’s true – I went to culinary school.  I actually went to baking school.  I had worked as the baker a few places – loved it – and imagined my life would be spent as a professional baker.  Then I did my internships associated with school (at Rose’s on NW 21st in Portland – sniff – before they closed – waaaa!!!; and at Beaverton Bakery) and learned that girl professional bakers are pretty much not the happening thing.  Talk about sexual harrassment!  EGADS!

So, I’m not a professional baker.  I do bake more than a passingly decent batch of pretty much anything you need baked up.

The really wierd thing – I much prefer cooking to baking.  As life has gone forward I think – I didn’t go to the other side of the school because????  Anyway, I love to cook.  I’m not a very structured baker or cook – I throw some of this in, then some of that, a dash of the other thing, and voila! yumminess has ensued.

I’m trying hard to work at getting my recipies in duplicatable form.  (Is that a real word?)  Here’s my start at doing just that!

Baked Goods

Amazingly Easy Blueberry Muffins
Angel Food Cake
Anna Mae’s Sweet Roll Dough
Apple Spice Muffins
Best Cornbread
BiL’s Fave Muffins
Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake
Chocolate Chip Muffins
Cinnamon Chip Quick Bread
Dilly Casserole Bread
Dina’s Gingerbread
Dina’s Lemon Snap Cookies
Dina’s Peanut Butter Cookies
Dina’s Zuccini Bread
Evil Blondies
Fresh Apple Cake
Fudgy Brownies
GG’s Chocolate Frosting
GG’s Oatmeal Cookies
GG’s Squash Pie
Ginger Cookies
Grandma’s Jam Cake
Grammy’s Carrot Cake
Grammy’s Gingerbread
Great-Grandma’s Toffee Cookies
Lemon Bar Cookies
Malin’s Home Made Crisp Bread
Mile High Biscuits
Mississippi Spice Muffins
Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mom’s Pineapple Frosting
Monster Cookies
Peanut Butter Brownies
Princess Bars
Quick Caramel Frosting
Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Refrigerator Rolls
Sambica Apple Crisp
Sambica Apple Crisp – home
Sambica Coffee Cake
Yellow Angel Food Cake
Yummy Molasses Cookies


Breakfast Potatoes in Cream
Dina’s World Famous Granola
Exceptionally Easy Potato Pancakes
The Perfect Omlette Every Time
Tortilla de Patata


First Run Fermented Pickles


First Run Fermented Pickles


Main Dishes

Baked Shells and Cheese with Chicken
Black Bean Skillet
Carnitas to Die For
Cheesy Hammy Pasta
Chinese Pepper Steak
Creamy Shells
Dina’s No Fail Stir Fry
Dina’s Swedish Meatballs
Dina’s World Famous Lasagna
Dina’s World Famous Stroganoff
Enrique’s Fab Spanish Rice
John & Dina’s Chili con Carne
LeeAnn’s Killer Teriyaki Wings
Mom’s Fabulous BBQ Beef
Mom’s World Famous Meatloaf
No Really – It’s Great!
Skillet Lasagna
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
The Best Cabbage Roll Casserole


Home Made Biscuit Mix


Asian Pasta and Veggie Salad
The Best Egg Salad Ever
Tomato and Black Bean Salsa
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy Orzo and Veggie Salad
Cucumber and Green Onion Salad
Dina’s Favorite Pasta Salad
Mom’s Amazing Potato Salad
Mom’s Rice-A-Roni Salad
Not Your Average Macaroni Salad
Patatas Aioli
Sea Shell and Tuna Pasta Salad
Sumi Salad

Sauces, Dressings, Dips

Dill Weed Dip
Dina’s Barbeque Sauce
Dina’s Favorite Spinach Dip
Dina’s Go-To Marinara Sauce
Dina’s Favorite Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip
Dina’s Smoked Gouda Dip
Fresh Guacamole
Fresh Pico de Gallo
Home Made Mayonnaise
Pepper Ranch Salad Dressing Mix

Side Dishes

Hoppin’ John
Roasted Carrots


Dina’s Favorite Corn Chowder
Dina’s Italian Wedding Soup
Dina’s Tex-Mex Stew
Mushroom Barley Soup
Taco Soup

2 thoughts on “Recipes

  1. Yay, Dina…(and I *have* been pronouncing it correctly in my mind).. I love the new blog..and I can’t WAIT to try this pasta salad recipe. Yum! It’s 11:00 on a Monday night and you’ve made me hungry just by reading your list of ingredients!
    Anyway, I think you have a really cool new format and I like how you’ve combined everything. Looking forward to reading more.

    p.s. your before D.S. and after D.S. photos are *amazing*. You are an inspiration.

  2. Thanks Danni! And I’m glad you like the recipe – it’s making my mouth water, too! I gotta throw some together!

    Here’s hoping the new blog and format flies! 🙂

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