Leslie Brunker has been a cook and baker since childhood. Cooking is her art form and entertaining friends in her home is a passion. She retired her consulting business and now enjoys world travel (often done solo) and exploring her home city, Portland, OR.

Latest Posts By Leslie Brunker

3 weeks ago

Crispy Crunchy Things in Food (Plus Recipe Ideas)

Lately, I’m inspired to create crunchiness out of foods that don’t start out that way. I receive various cooking magazines, and, when one arrives, I sit down and read through the recipes, marking off the ones I want to try. My latest inspiration…

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8 months ago

Are Your Cookbooks Like Candy?

What do you think about your cookbook collection? Do you love it? How often do you use your cookbooks? Or are they just for show, taking up valuable space on your kitchen shelves? Here’s how I think of my cookbooks… they’re like candy…

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9 months ago

Tips for Travel in Covid Times

Travel is a great passion of mine and has been since I was a little girl. The world is a beautiful and interesting place to explore. Meeting people and learning about their cultures and their views expands my own perspective and allows me to step outside…

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1 year ago

Get Off the Bottle… of Store-Bought Salad Dressing! (RECIPE)

I am on a mission to get people to stop using bottled salad dressings with their inferior ingredients and sugars and all. You can make your own homemade dressings and store them in the fridge for days or weeks. It’s a great way to get creative in the kitchen…

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1 year ago

My Famous, Weekend Brunch, French Toast Recipe

I love weekend brunch at home and this morning am making one of my two very favorite brunch meals. This is not for the faint at heart, believe me. You can cut the fat in this recipe, but the fat is part of the amazing flavor of this French Toast…

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1 year ago

Is It Possible to Make a Quick, Easy Risotto? Totally! (RECIPES)

Yes, you read that right. Quick and easy. These are not words I usually associate with making risotto. I don’t make risotto often because it requires standing at the stove and stirring, stirring, stirring… while adding liquid a little at a time. Are you with me? It’s too much time…

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