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My wife got this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf years ago from one of our friends. She bakes it for me, our friends, and family every year around this time, and everyone who tries it says that it is totally addictive.

In fact, my 90-year old Mom loves this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf so much, she requests that Becky bakes her a batch for Mother’s Day too! She made a batch for Thanksgiving Weekend, and it is already gone. Try it for yourself and see if it doesn’t become one of your favorite desserts.

Here’s the recipe:


3 cups of granulated sugar

3 & 1/2 cups of general purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 & 1/2 teaspoons iodized table salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup of vegetable oil

2/3 cup of water

3 large eggs

3 cups pumpkin or one (1) 29-ounce can of pumpkin

One (1) 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips


It is very important that you sift the dry ingredients at the beginning of this process. It will make this bread indescribably moist.

Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl

Make a hole (a well) in the center of the dry ingredients and add the oil, then water, then eggs, then pumpkin.

Mix thoroughly.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spray tin loaf pans with original Pam™.

Fill 3-4 large loaf tins or 8 mini-loaf tins to approximately two-thirds of the way up to the top edge of the tin.

Place loaf tins directly on to the center rack of a pre-heated 350° oven. Do not place on a cookie sheet or baking pan.

Bake for one hour or until you can insert and pull a dry toothpick from the center of the loaf.

Allow to cool for at least one hour. Slice and enjoy!


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National Cheesecake Day: Top 5 Las Vegas Cheesecake Destinations

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

This tasty treat has its origins in Ancient Greece, according to Nowadays, different regions of the world use different types of cheese to make a cheesecake. For example, in Italy, they use ricotta. In Germany and Poland they use a native cheese called “quark.” Of course, here in the U.S.A., our bakers normally use cream cheese.  Per Wikipedia, this American-made cheese was first created in Chester, New York by dairyman William A. Lawrence in 1873. By 1880, it was being sold as “Philadelphia Cream Cheese.”

New York City is not the original home of cheesecake, but many New Yorkers would claim its the only place to get “the good stuff,” from restaurants like Veniero’s Paticceria & Cafe in the East Village of Manhattan, La Cheesecake Bake Shop in Queens, and Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn. This “New York Style” cheesecake is made with cream cheese and sour cream, and it is usually served without toppings.

Of course, you can enjoy your cheesecake any way you’d like it. There are even recipes which require no baking which do not use eggs, but rather use the refrigerator “to get the cream cheese, whipping cream, or other ingredients set up into a dessert,” according to

So whether you like your cheesecake plain, or topped with strawberries, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream, nuts, or any other delicious treat, be sure to treat yourself and your family to some cheesecake to celebrate “National Cheesecake Day!”

And, where are the top 5 places to enjoy cheesecake in Las Vegas? lists them here and below. Enjoy!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

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