Cherry Hand Pies

Cherries and I go way back.  I have a friend who lives in the Seattle area but owns a Cherry Farm in Idaho.  Imagine owning a Cherry Farm!  Every year, after harvest, he goes to Montana to sell his crop.  With the money he makes from the sales, he and his wife host a weekend party on the farm.  How wonderful is that!   Every year they send a postcard with some clever saying to invite people to the farm.  We never have made it up there but still dream of doing so some day.

I love the idea of growing one’s own food.  I have a vegetable garden that I tend to, mostly in the summer.  I, also, have herbs that I love to incorporate in my dishes.  Fruit trees are another way I grow food.  I have a few citrus, one pomegranate and kiwis.  I know the last one is a vine and not a tree.  Anyway, I don’t have apples, cherries or peaches.  I do go up the hill to get apples in the fall, at least once a year.  You can’t get closer to farm to fork than if you pick your own and bring them home.

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to hear Georgeanne Brennan speak.  She is an author that I truly enjoy.  She lives in this area and has a new cookbook out.  I love her way in the kitchen.  She is influenced much by the French country ways.  The idea of eating what’s in season, better yet, eating what’s in your garden.  All her ideas really resound with me.  I think I am a country girl at heart.  I know I feel so free and happy on a farm.  I just don’t know if I could live on one.  Well, back to Georgeanna, at her talk she spoke of the long meals with friends.  She talked about how long it took her to write her last book and the difficulty she had in finding a publisher.  Someone asked her if she had any ideas about what to do with the stone fruits that are coming ripe at the moment.  Georgeanne answered that she had the perfect solution.  It’s called a Bachelors’ Pot (I didn’t quite catch the second word.) or ???? -Something in French.  I nearly failed my one and only semester of French in college, so…  Basically, you get a large jar and fill it with the fruit of the season. So, you layer cherries and then apricots, plums, peaches, etc.  Just layer the fruit through their season and with each layer you add brandy.  By the end of the summer, you have some delicious fruit to put on ice cream or cheesecake or panna cotta, whatever you choose, and some great brandy to sip after dinner.

After hearing Georgeanne’s talk, it got me thinking more and more about picking my own fruit.  Nothing better than freshly picked fruit.  I looked up some u-pick farms in the area and on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I set off to pick some Cherries!  It was close to home and they also had apricots and some berries.  I brought my bounty home and since the next day was Memorial Day, I thought that Cherry Pie would be most appropriate.  Searching around on the internet, I found a wonderful recipe for Cherry Hand Pies on

It does take some time, as all pies from scratch do but I find that if you plan ahead, you can make some things the day before to relieve the long stretch of cooking time.  The crust can be made the day before.  You might be able to pit the cherries the day before, too.  Although, I would probably make the crust earlier but leave the cherries for the bake day.

Now, I must seem to be a “Hostess” fan.  If you haven’t seen my “Hostess”-style creamed filled chocolate cupcakes, you might not understand.  I like the idea of trying to recreate things from my youth.  I think that many of these treats do not taste as good as they did when I was young and maybe that’s my fascination.  Let me be quite clear here, I didn’t eat a lot of these treats but I would occasionally have a chocolate cupcake, a cherry pie or a ding dong or two.  This did not happen on a regular basis.  As I was baking these hand pies, I thought it would be fun to give them a glaze like these traditional store bought ones.  This is optional.  I had a lot of fun glazing them and I think that it brought the pies to a different level.  Give it a try and tell me what you think.



2 cups Unbleached Flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

3/4 Baking Powder

1 Tbl. Sugar

1/2 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, very cold and cut into cubes

1/2 cup Sour Cream, very cold


2 1/2 cups pitted Sweet Cherries, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup Sugar

1 1/2 Tbl. Cornstarch

1 Tbl. fresh Lime Juice


1 large Egg, beaten


1/4 cup Whole Milk

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar

Start with the crust:  In a large bowl, whisk Flour, Salt, Baking Powder and Sugar together.


Add the Butter.  Using a pastry cutter or your hands work Butter in until it’s a course meal. The Butter should be large pea-size pieces.

Using a rubber spatula, add the Sour Cream.

Turn it out onto a well floured surface and knead a few times until it comes together.  Pat the dough into a 10 inch log.  Roll out into a 10″ x 12″ rectangle.

Dust both sides of the dough lightly with Flour and fold into threes.  Start at the shorter end, fold down and fold lower end up, like a letter.

Flip dough over and roll again into a 10″ x 12″ rectangle.  Fold it in three again.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.  Here is where you can leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

For Cherry filling:  Combine Cherries, Sugar, Cornstarch, and Lime Juice in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

Simmer, stirring constantly until the mixture starts to thicken.  Reduce heat to low and cook for another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature.  Careful here!  The filling can become too thick if you are not watchful.

Prepare glaze by combining Milk, Confectioners’ Sugar and Vanilla Extract.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silk pat and set aside.

Roll the dough into a large square that’s about 1/8″ thick.  With a straight edge and pastry wheel (or pizza cutter), cut out 16 – 3 inch squares.  Make 2 or 3 cuts on 8 of the squares.

Fill the other 8 squares with 2 Tbl. of Cherry filling.  Lightly brush the edges with the beaten Egg and top each Cherry topped square.  Crimp sides together with a fork and lightly brush the tops of each pie.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool.  Then glaze.

Here is where I enjoy the idea of being a home cook.  Notice the pies are not perfect.  Some day I will strive for that but for now, I just want my recipes to look taste and taste even better than they look.

I really enjoyed listening and singing along to Creedence Clearwater Revival during this bake.

Well, then, until next time.  Remember to eat well, drink well and live well.

Chocolate Cake to Go!

I was in a high end grocery store the other day and I found myself in the olive oil aisle.  I always go there even if I’m not in the need for oil, just to peruse.  There was a woman there looking at all the bottles.  She was taking a long time, studying all the oils, and not deciding on one.  I looked over towards her and she asked if I could help her find a virgin olive oil.    Well, you know I can’t keep my mouth shut.  Why? I asked her.  She had just seen an episode of America’s Test Kitchen and they recommend that people use a virgin oil to fry and not an extra virgin.  I asked her why and she replied that the cooking show said that it’s cheaper and better for frying.  Then she mumbled something about smoking point.  I’m pretty tired of hearing people worry about the smoking point of olive oil.  Really?   I told her that the smoking point is higher than is usually thought, especially if it is a good oil and I asked what she was going to fry.  Oh!  She was making marinara sauce and it was to sauté the onions and garlic.  Oh!  I asked her what oil she had at home.  I don’t want to tell you the label but it is a “grocery brand” of a popular market.  I asked if it was the Italian, California, or Greek label.  She didn’t know.  Any of those would be fine to start her spaghetti sauce, I explained.  I didn’t take the time to tell her that what she had at home, was probably virgin already.  I, also, didn’t tell her that the extra virgin label did not guarantee the quality of the oil.  That many bottles of oil have extra virgin on the label but are in fact only virgin.  I, also, didn’t ask her how old it was because I was afraid to tell her that it might be rancid and possibly not fit for human consumption!   I did recommend some of the bottles on the shelf for nice finishing oils.  She left without buying anything but happy knowing that she could use her oil for her sauce.

As she left, an older gentleman was there looking at the oils.  Boy, was I tempted to ask him if he needed help.  Instead, I just turned around and left.  I can’t help everybody.

I have a difficult time in supermarkets.  I wish I could wear an olive green cape and stand in the olive oil aisle and talk to everyone who wanders by.  Maybe I should just stay away from that aisle all together.  It’s difficult because I want to explain it all and there is not enough time or I will sound like a pedant.  So, I just give a tidbit of information and people take that and run with it but it’s not the whole picture.

Can I please say one thing about the smoking point of olive oil?  Italians, Greeks and Spaniards having been using this oil for everything from sauces, salads and frying for thousands of years and they have been doing just fine.  In fact, if you have ever been to Europe, you know how wonderful their cuisine is.  So, please relax on the smoking point.  Most oils, Canola, Olive, Corn, etc. have about the same smoking point – in the 400º or so.   Butter’s smoking point is 350º.  Why doesn’t anybody worry about the smoking point of Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil?  Why just Olive Oil?  Refined oils of any kind, will have a higher smoking point.  Refined oils are processed with heat and chemicals.  As a home cook, when I see my oil smoking, I lower the heat and add whatever I’m cooking immediately to the pan.  I am watchful so that this doesn’t occur too often.  Many inexpensive oils are virgin no matter what their label says.  So, if you are watching your wallet and plan on frying a lot, then go for those oils.  Otherwise, don’t worry about using an extra virgin oil for frying, sautéing and whatever else you are cooking.  That’s all I want to say about the matter.

I had the opportunity to judge at the California State Fair Olive Oil Competition, this year, also.  It was great fun!  I sat at a table with a fellow sensory panelist which I have know for years and a new acquaintance that felt like an old friend when we were through. This is a one day event.  We start at 9:00 and end about 5:00 or so.  We tasted 35 oils.  So, I feel it is a little more laid back than the L. A. competition in so far as the amount of oils we taste in the allotted time ensues a more relaxed atmosphere.  There isn’t much time for mingling but we do have the opportunity to chat with our table judges as we wait for our next flight of oils.

I have been asked to join the Napa Valley competition which is coming up in May.  I haven’t heard from the Yolo County head judge.  So, I might not be in that one.

This week’s recipe is a Chocolate Cake baked in Mason jars.  It’s lovely idea for a picnic.  A few weeks back, my son and his girlfriend were driving down to Los Angeles on the day that happened to be her birthday.  So, I thought it would be fun to pack them a basket with some goodies for the road and cake for the birthday girl.  The Chocolate Cake is made with olive oil and is quite flavorful.  The frosting is the best I’ve ever made to date.  I just spooned the frosting into a ziplock bag and cut the corner.  I tried to use a piping tip but it didn’t allow me to point the frosting into the edges once inside the jar. It’s so fun and portable.  I found it at under Deep, Dark Chocolate Cake in a Jar.  Let me know if you give it a try.


1 cup Unbleached Flour

1/2 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Dutch-processed Cocoa Powder

3/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt

1 large Egg

1/2 cup Milk

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Boiling Water


3/4 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature

2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar, sifted

3 oz. Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted and cooled

1 1/2 Tbls. Cream

3/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Set six pint-size canning jars on a baking sheet. In a medium bowl, whisk together Flour, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Salt until mixed evenly.

Add Egg, Milk, Olive Oil and Vanilla to the bowl.  Whisk for two minutes.  It won’t be easy, but it’s worth doing it by hand.

Pour the Boiling Water into bowl and whisk gently to combine until it is of a smooth consistency.

Divide the batter evenly among canning jars.  Batter will only fill about 1/3 of jar.  Slide baking sheet into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool before frosting.  Cake can be covered and stored for 3 or 4 days.

While cake is cooling, prepare Frosting.

Add all of ingredients to a mixer bowl and with the paddled attachment.  Beat until thoroughly combined and fluffy, about 1 minute.  Spoon into a ziplock bag.  Snip one end and pipe into the jars.

Screw on the covers and you are ready to go!

This is a pretty quick recipe.  I’ve been listening to Louie Armstrong a lot.  His music is so upbeat and I’m hooked.

Until next time, eat well, drink well and live well.



Blood Orange Chocolate Cake

Last week, I was invited to the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.  This year we judged the Northern and Southern Hemispheres together.  I don’t think it works well for the Southern Hemisphere since they are about to harvest their olives at the end of this month, April and May.  So, their oils were in fact last year’s and they were competing with the Northern Hemisphere’s fresh oils.  I’m hoping that will change.  I know our chairman of the competition, Darrell Corti, will try his best to remediate the situation.

Judging in the L.A. International is such an honor.  I sat at table number six with two highly experienced and well-renowned judges, Toshi Suzuki, from Japan and Maria Lourdes Toujas, from Argentina.

We tasted about 50 oils a day from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  We would eat lunch together and then had the afternoon free.  I would go to my room, read, do a Sudoku and sometimes nap.  At 6:00 we would gather again for dinner.  The dinners were exquisite.  Every night there was great food and wine.  I was offered a taste of a 1957 Port, a dry Vermouth that was outrageously good, a Muscat from Australia that is extremely rare, and two New Zealand wines that only grown in that country.  What an experience!

As with all wonderful meals, besides the great food and libations, it was the company of the fellow judges that made these experiences so wonderful.  I was surrounded by judges from all over the world, many who I had met last year and a few new ones this year.  We had five judges from Sacramento, whom I have been on sensory panels before.  The others were from Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.  Conversations covered everything from olives to family and life at home.

Margaret Edwards, from New Zealand, is a producer and has been an international judge for a good number of years.  She is such a lovely person.  We got to talking about recipes and she told me about her Mandarin Chocolate Cake made with olive oil, of course.  She sent me the recipe and I wanted to try it out for this posting.  She writes on the top of the recipe that it is a very easy cake to make.  The ingredients and instructions support that claim.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have some of the ingredients, namely, mandarin infused olive oil and ground almonds.  A substitute for mandarin olive oil is the grated peel of a mandarin and plain olive oil.  So, I thought to do that.  I went to the grocery store with a list of things, I bought two mandarins but forgot the almond meal.  Margaret’s cake is gluten-free.  Do you do that, bring a list to the grocery store and still forget some items?  When I got home and I found that I didn’t have a main ingredient, I looked in the pantry and saw that I had a bit of Blood Orange-Infused Olive Oil.  I had four blood oranges left on the tree.  I decided to find a nice blood orange chocolate cake.   this recipe is a little more complicated than Margaret’s.  The candied oranges were delicious but the syrup was very sweet.  I poured the syrup over the the frosting but I think next time I would just drizzle a bit on each piece.  I got the recipe for the cake from Temecula Olive Oil.  The recipe is not well-written but not difficult to figure out.  The Blood Orange Buttercream, I figured out on my own.


2 cup Unbleached Flour

2 cups Sugar

3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Expresso Powder

1 cup Milk

1/2 cup Blood Orange Olive Oil

2 Eggs

1 Blood Orange Zest

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 cup Boiling Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans.

Add Flour, Sugar, Cocoa, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt and Espresso Powder in a large mixer bowl and stir with paddle attachment until well combined.

Add Milk, Olive Oil, Eggs, Zest, and Vanilla to flour mixture and mix on medium speed until well combined.


Reduce speed and add Boiling Water to the cake batter.  Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to batter.

Pour batter evenly into the two cake pans.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and completely cool.  Frost.


1/4 cup Softened Unsalted Butter

1 lb. Confectioner’s Sugar

Juice 1 Blood Orange (1/4 cup)

2 Tbsp. Cream

1 tsp. Salt

Zest of 1 Blood Orange (2 Tbsp.)

For Candied Oranges (optional):

2 Peeled and thinly sliced Blood Oranges

1 cup Sugar

3/4 cup Water

While cake cools, place Sugar and Water in a small pot and boil.  Add Oranges and boil on medium to low for 20 minutes.  Take Oranges out and place on a silk-at or parchment paper to cool.

For Frosting, place Butter, Confectioner’s Sugar, Orange Juice, Cream, Salt and Zest in large mixer bowl.


With whisk attachment, whisk until incorporated.  Frost cake and decorate with Candied Oranges.





Truffles with Olive Oil?

I made these truffles for my friends on Valentine’s Day this year.  A group of us were meeting a few days before the 14th.  Since we only meet once a month, we celebrate whatever holiday is at hand.  I thought of making three different truffles.  The first one is my Dulce de Leche Ginger Truffle.  You can search for that recipe on the blog.  That is my own concoction.  The second one is an Orange Olive Oil Recipe.  I thought of this one, after I tasted some infused olive oils and bought one.  I don’t usually have infused oils in my pantry but so many people ask me about them, which makes me realize that a lot of you have them in your pantry.  So, I thought I would give you a sweet recipe for those oils.  The last one is a Dulce de Leche Chocolate Truffle.  My cousins in Argentina taught me this one.  I just added the chocolate coating.  Speaking of the chocolate coating, I cheat with this.  I use Ghiardelli or Guittard chocolate and I don’t temper my chocolate.  I just mix it with coconut oil or dulce de leche.  If I were entering a competition, then I would go through the trouble of tempering it.  Most people can’t tell the difference.

Do you remember those days in school in when we gave each classmate a Valentine?  My family never celebrated Valentine’s Day at home.  It just isn’t in the Argentine culture.  But one year, I did make a Valentine for my mom.  I think I was probably 10 years old.  Do you remember Sucrets lozenges?  (I keep dating myself with these stories.)  They came in little tins like Altoids do now.  I took a thick piece of paper.  Then applied bright pink lipstick and kissed it.  It took awhile to get my lips to imprint something that looked like a kiss.  I wrote  “I love you, Mom” on it.  Then I wrapped the little tin in some flowery contact paper and placed the note inside.  She still kept it through the years.  I came across it while going through her things after she had passed.  I’ve done the same with some cards and notes from my kids.  I like to keep them handy for when I need an extra boost, I can read them and remember that I am surrounded by a lot of love.

I hope you will love these truffles.  They are so simple to make.  Please give them a try and let me know how it goes.  I always love seeing your pictures, so pass them along to me.

Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles


8 oz. good quality Dark Chocolate (60%+)

1/2 cup Cream

1/4 cup Orange-infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Lemon-infused or any flavor you like can be used)

Confectioner’s Sugar for rolling.

See below for Chocolate Coating.

Place Dark Chocolate with Cream in a bowl.

 Place bowl over a pot with simmering water.  Make sure the bowl does not touch the water.

 Whisk gently until Chocolate is melted.  Take bowl off the pot and whisk Olive Oil in gently.  Pour mixture into a pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper or a silk pat.  When Chocolate is ready, take out and use a melon baller to scoop Chocolate.

Coat hands with confectioner’s sugar to roll truffle.  Place on cookie sheet and repeat.

Once all the truffles are made, refrigerate 1 hour.  Then coat.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Truffles

1/2 cup Dulce de Leche

20 Chocolate Wafer Cookies

Confectioner’s Sugar for rolling

See Chocolate Coating below.

Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper or a silk pat.  Set aside.  With a food processor or ziploc bag and roller, crumble Chocolate Wafer Cookies into fine crumbs.  Place 1 cup of Cookie Crumbles 🙂 and 1/2 cup Dulce de Leche into a bowl and combine..

Place some Confectioner’s Sugar in a bowl.  With a melon baller, scoop some of the truffle and roll in the Sugar.  Place on cookie sheet.

Refrigerate for 10 minutes and coat.


There are many ways to finish truffles.  Here are a few:

-Place 1 cup of Chocolate in a double boiler and melt.  Dip the truffle with forks and place back onto cookie sheet.  Refrigerate 10 minutes until chocolate is set.

-Place 1 cup of Chocolate with 1/2 cup of Dulce de Leche in a double boiler. Use White, Dark, or Milk Chocolate.   Whisk gently until Chocolate has melted and Dulce de Leche is incorporated.  Dip truffle with forks and place back onto cookie sheet.  Refrigerate 10 minutes until Chocolate is set.

-Place 1 cup of Chocolate with 1/4 Coconut Oil in a double boiler.  Whisk gently until Chocolate has melted and Coconut Oil is incorporated.   Dip truffle with forks and place back onto cookie sheet.  Refrigerate 10 minutes until Chocolate is set.

-You can always coat with Confectioner’s Sugar only or Cocoa.  There are many other things you can add:  Chopped Almonds, Sweetened Coconut, Sprinkles, etc.  Use your imagination.

Make sure to add 1 cup of Chocolate to your shopping list and whatever other ingredient you would like to use for your chocolate coating.

These recipes are easy and fun.  Definitely a recipe to try with a young child who doesn’t mind getting his/her hands dirty.

Until next time, eat well, drink well, live well.


Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies

I’m really excited to share with you this Cookie recipe.  I found this Olive Oil Cookie recipe in a magazine that my local supermarket puts out monthly.  It was contributed by California Olive Ranch.  Those who have been to my Olive Oil Tasting Events, know that I often promote that EVOO when asked for a generally good and inexpensive oil.  I believe that the California Olive Ranch brand will always offer a product that can be labelled Extra Virgin and free from defects and that is reasonably priced.  Is it my favorite oil?  No, but it is a good every day olive oil and easily accessible.  Most markets carry it.  It comes in a square, green bottle.  It isn’t a very strong tasting oil and can be used for any purpose in your recipes.

Ok, well, back to the cookie recipe.  I have never heard of a cookie made with olive oil.  I haven’t really looked either.  Do you enjoy experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen?  I love to look at a recipe and try it, especially when I’m having people over.  My guests are my Guinea Pigs and they know it.  I will always make one or two dishes that I have never tried before when there is company.  It usually works out but it has failed occasionally.  What saves me is that I cook a lot of food.  I always want my guests to be able to have seconds if they like it and never run out of food.  This tradition of experimentation came out of need.  You see, my husband was pretty picky about food.  He only ate spinach, lettuce, corn and potatoes for veggies.  He wasn’t much for casseroles, neither am I.  And he didn’t like his food mixed together.  I have to admit that I had some of those issues.  I remember when I was in Catholic school.  The Eighth Graders were in charge of the First Graders in the cafeteria.  Their job was to help us eat our lunch.  I don’t think they enjoyed it that much.  I just remember them kind of barking out orders for us to finish our food.  Once we were done, they were freed of their responsibility.  So, they would tell us to eat one “compartment” of food at time.  We had those dishes that are like T.V. dinner trays.  The plan was to get us all to finish fast and be done with us.  Eat your peas, they would tell us.  Now, eat your mashed potatoes or whatever and we little ones would do as they said.  I ate like that for many years later.  Anyone else had the same experience?

Ok, well, back to the cookie recipe.  I like the taste of butter in certain baked goods.  Banana Bread is awesome made with olive oil and yet, I prefer the buttery taste of one made traditionally.  If you are looking for a good Banana Bread recipe, search for Aunt Grace’s Banana Bread on my blog.  I think it’s simple and delicious.  I generally don’t care for cookies.  I think they are a lot of trouble, especially if you have to frost or decorate them.  That’s why I’m drawn to brownies or bar cookies.  You put the batter in a pan and cut them into bars after baking.  I must say though that this Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookie is an easy recipe and you can substitute the chocolate chips for dried cherries or raisins.  I really like the white chocolate chips.  It gave the cookies a bit of a butterscotch flavor to them.  You be the judge.


1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup packed Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

1 cup Unbleached Flour

1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

4 cups Rolled Oats

1 cup White Chocolate Chips

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  (If you have never worked with parchment paper, search for the Yogurt, Olive Oil and Pistachio Cake recipe and look for the TIPS below the recipe.)  I used a Silpat.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together Flour, Cinnamon, Salt, Baking Soda and Cloves.

In a separate large bowl, whisk Olive Oil, Brown Sugar, Vanilla and Eggs until blended.

Add Flour mixture, Oats, and White Chocolate Chips to Olive Oil mixture and blend well.

Drop in balls (I used an ice cream scoop.) on the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Let cool on pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to rack.

Makes 30 cookies.  Each having 203 Calories, 10 g. Fat, 25 g. Carbs, 2.7 g. Protein.

We’ve been having cold and rainy days around here.  I listened to Louie Armstrong while I baked these.  His music just puts a smile on my face and a jig in my step.

Eat well, drink well, live well, until next time.