Christmas Stollen

Ingredients 2 1/2 cups flour 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 tablespoon salt 1 egg 1 tablespoon yeast 2/3 cup warm milk 2/3 cup currants 1/3 cup plump raisins 2/3 cup diced candied citron 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optiona filling: marzipan) Instructions Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand about 8-10 minutes Beat together […]


Sleigh Ride video

Here is a little clip from a recent concert a coffee roasting plant in Ottawa.  They shut down the machines, set up some chairs and a stage, and we had a good time!


Quinoa cooked sushi rolls a la Muriel

I really enjoyed the Japanese breakfasts, especially making the rolls of seaweed, salmon, pickled items and rice.  I’ve made these at home since returning with ingredients that I had locally in Nashville. Since I like a high protein breakfast, I’ve also tried substituting the rice with the higher protein grain, quinoa. You can be creative, […]


Life as Music

In the process of making music on an instrument, right and left hand techniques are essential tools, yet even while these techniques are developing it is important not to overlook the actual music itself – the expression of the heart that drew us to music in the first place. When the player truly listens to […]


Hot Cross Buns

My mother’s recipe, adapted from 1973 flour bag recipe. Ingredients 1 pkg. yeast 1⁄2 c. warm water 1⁄2 c. sugar 1⁄4 c. shortening 1 c. hot milk 2 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice 1 1⁄2 tsp. salt 1 c. currents or raisins 1⁄2 c. citron or candied lemon chunks 5 c. […]


Carole’s Wood Oven Pizza Crust

Somehow, I’ve never got pizza crust down, and I appreciate visiting friends who do!  This is from Carole Hibbeln in Silver Spring, MD Ingredients 4 cups of flour 1 tsp of salt 1 cup of water 2 tsp of sugar 1 packet of yeast 4 tbsp of parmesan cheese 3 tbsp of olive oil Instructions […]


CA Tour & Whale Watching

It was great to see so many friends in California! Thanks to everyone! Enjoyed watching the whales off the coast of Long Beach, just before the concert. The grey whale did a beautiful dive, but the shutter on the camera just missed it.  Fill in with imagination.  The theater where I played that night is […]


Finnish Pinwheel Christmas Tarts

Pinwheel tarts have been a favorite Finnish holiday tradition in my home ever since I remember.  They take some time to put together, and I remember helping my mother fold the pinwheel shapes when I was a very little girl, as my niece and nephew now do.  They are surprisingly delicious. The recipe supplied by my great aunt, ­Saima […]