"This beautiful dessert is a very big hit at parties," relates Phyllis Amboss of Pacific Palisades, California. "The tender meringues have a wonderful hazelnut flavor with layers of chocolate, whipped cream and berries.
"I got the recipe when we were in Israel for a few months in 1979. I had no cookbooks with me, and my hairdresser gave me an old Australian cookbook with this recipe in it. I made a few changes and this is the result."
We have several acres of hazelnut trees here in the Willamette Valley, where the climate is perfect for this crop. Harvesttime is a big family event with everyone pitching in to help. I try to incorporate this wonderful flavorful nut into our recipes, and this cookie is always a hit.
-Karen Morrell, Canby, Oregon
This recipe is perfect for your Thanksgiving get-together. The cranberries really make it different from other stuffing. You will be asked for the recipe from all of your guests!—Judy Toth, Hyde Park, Ontario
Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley produces a lot of hazelnuts, and this is one of my favorite recipes that calls for them. I love to experiment with recipes, and this vegetable dish is the result of one of my experiments.
Meet the Cook: In my kitchen, leftover roast frequently ends up in this filling salad.
While we live in the city, we're surrounded by a park. So a touch of the country's near. Our four girls are 6, 4 and 3 (yes...the youngest are twins).
I grew up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, and the Lord blessed this area with wild treats such as strawberries, blackberries, plums and filberts. Making these lemony bars is one of my favorite ways to enjoy filberts.
Fresh pineapple adds an elegant touch to a barbecue when grilled, topped with butter and maple syrup and sprinkled with nuts. Polly Heer of Cabot, Arkansas suggests cutting each pineapple quarter into bite-size pieces before serving.