Holm Family Cookbook

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We love to eat, cook, travel, entertain, and drink adult beverages. Join us in our adventures as we do the things we love to do!

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Cauliflower Chowder

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on February 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

With the gray cloudy weather recently, a nice hot bowl of soup has definitely been top-of-mind. We have a French bakery close to work, Casse Croute, and they make homemade soup every day, with 3 to 4 choices on the menu any given day. One of our recent favorites is their Cauliflower Chowder. The owner Lenore checks in with us for new ideas, and let’s us know when cauliflower is on the menu, usually Thursdays.

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Mashed Potato Pancakes

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on December 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM


 Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Yesterday I finally used up almost all of the leftovers from Thanksgiving. All that's left are two types of stuffing: the

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Cranberry Salsa

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on November 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Cranberry Salsa has become a family favorite. Introduced to our family by Sandy Sports Holm, the recipe was given to her by a friend. Sandy brought it to Christmas as an appetizer, it looked so beautiful - bright cranberry with flecks of green upon white cream cheese!

Then the flavor, a sweet tartness, very refreshing. Cranberries, a fruit with a v...

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Copper on the Floor!

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on October 8, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Moscow Mule at the Happy Hour Bar on Hebgen Lake, Montana

A few years ago Oprah Winfrey visited Yosemite National Park on her TV show. During that episode, Oprah and her friend Gayle King were drinking Moscow Mules at their campsite and she even brought some to her neighbors at the campsite next to hers. When she named the ingred...

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Award Winning Salsa from our Cookin' Cowgirl!

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on September 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I have been making salsa for quite a few years because of the overabundance of tomatoes and jalapenos in my husband’s garden (and I don't even like tomatoes!).  People had often complimented me on my salsa. This year I saw the contest details in Alden Lane Nursery’s e-newsletter for their 6th Annual Salsa Contest and decided to enter.

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Crane Melons

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on September 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM


The Crane Melon Barn in Santa Rosa, California

A couple of years ago while my sister and I were visiting my oldest daughter at Sonoma State University, we passed the Crane Melon Barn on our way to a sorority event in Santa Ro...

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Ahoy! From a Houseboat on Lake Shasta

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on August 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Last year I won a silent auction lot at the https://www.facebook.com/terrypattersgolf2013?ref=br_tf" target="_blank">Terry Patters Golf Tournament Benefiting Melanoma Research… a Houseboating Trip from Shasta Marina Resort! I had never been to Lake Shasta, or on a houseboat, so this was going to be a new adventure for me. Our cousin Lori won the houseboat...

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The Knockout Martini and Infusing Spirits with Fruit & Herbs

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on July 28, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Our "classroom" for the infusing spirits class

Several weeks ago some friends and I went to an infusing spirits with fruit and herbs class at the restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore. The class was interesting and the cocktail we got to drink after the class, a Knockout Martini, was simply incredible. 

Although I have not yet taken the time to...

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A Delightful Meal in Lisbon

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on July 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Troy, my husband and past president of the Plymouth Foothill Rotary, and I thought the 104th Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal was an opportunity not to be missed. His love affair with the Portuguese culture and my heritage confirmed our desires to head out.  After our all night journey, we worked up quite an appetite! We set out by foot from the apartment where we were staying in the Chiado district of Lisbon, Portugal. We walked past a restaurant with specials on thei...

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The Tomato and Basil Pasta Recipe That Will Blow Your Mind!

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on June 22, 2013 at 1:30 AM

The method for cooking this pasta will "blow your mind!"

While we were compiling the stories, recipes, and photos to go into our cookbook, my sisters, mother, aunt Patsy, and cousin Wendy would come over to my house on Saturdays and Sundays and we would spend hours going through photos and ...

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The Mad Hatter Tea

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on May 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The Cooking Cowgirls with cousin Kathie's friend Tina (in white)

Recently we had the opportunity to attend the Assistance League of Amador Valley's Annual Mad Hatter Tea. This tea is the major fundraiser for ALAV a chapter of the National Assistance League. Proce...

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Pickling Party

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on May 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM

It's asparagus season here in Northern California, which means it’s time to pickle! Plus, I just finished off the final jar of asparagus from last year. Five of us gathered together for the task that lay ahead, we find that there’s strength in numbers! We were discussing our grandmothers who we had all helped out in the kitchen when we were young; they did their canning and pickling all by themselves, jars and jars of fruits and vegetables, well into their 70’s and 80’...

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Chifrijo, Not Your Average Chicharron

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on April 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I recently journeyed with my buddy Patty to the Central American country of Costa Rica. We were visiting our friends Diane and Ernie who live in the small town of Grecia, busy in their missionary Bible education work. You may remember the blog from their going away party where we all cooked Costa Rican foods for the occasion, an all-day affair! Costa Rica was quite an adventure, a...

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Cool Things to See in San Francisco

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on April 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge as seen from a vista point on Lincoln Blvd.

My daughters and I love to go on day trips to San Francisco. We often don't have any destination in mind when we begin our trip and will just spend the day exploring the city.  Today I am sharing with you some of our favorite spots and so...
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A Day in Upcountry Amador County

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on March 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Upcountry in Amador County

It was a beautiful end of winter day and my long-time friend, Lou Ann, suggested going for a snowshoe. We ate a hearty brunch, headed up Highway 88 to Silver Lake, which is referred to as Upcountry in Amador County. Th...

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San Francisco's Portuguese Cioppino

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on March 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

One of my favorite shows on the Food Network is Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and now it comes on a few early mornings every week, so we watch it over coffee. A couple of weeks ago one of our favorite Northern California dishes was featured, Cioppino, and the competitor, Phil DiGirolamo, came from one of our favorite seafood...

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It's All in the Name

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on February 10, 2013 at 2:55 AM

My daughters Laina and Whitney at a San Jose Sharks Hockey Game

On Saturday my sister Susie and I took my daughters to our annual San Jose Sharks game and I realized that Susie and I have been going to Sharks games for almost 18 years. I attended my first San Jose Sharks hockey game in 1995. I went to the game with my siste...

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Granny's Recipe for Love and Spaghetti

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on January 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Granny with great-granddaughter Laina

Our grandmother, Ione Holm or "Granny" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was the inspiration for our cookbook. She was such a poignant person in my life that I would often hope I died before her because I didn't think I could go on living without her. Although she had ni...

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Eating My Way Around the Globe

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on January 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I don’t have the opportunity to travel as much as I would like, so the next best thing for me is to step out the door of my office in downtown Livermore, head a couple of blocks in any direction, and pop into the nearest eatery … traveling the globe vicariously through the victuals of our local restaurants! The dining scene has done a 360 since our youth; the only worldly choice gr...

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A Festive Gluten Free Cookie to Enjoy!

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on December 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

This recipe  has become one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. It's easy, there is no baking, the cookie can be made gluten free and it looks festive!

Festive Gluten Free Coconut Cookies

The surprising ingredients are deliciously combined and rolled into this cookie - aren't dates and nuts healthy?! The original recipe called for margarine, but I u...

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