Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Yesterday was my birthday, and instead of celebrating with a cake recipe, I broke the big news that I interviewed Kelly Ripa! And, I also stayed in my pajamas for most of the day, talked to my family and friends, and made these incredibly...

Talking Comfort Food with Kelly Ripa

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With the fall season fully upon us and warm, inviting comfort foods finding their way into every home,  there’s no better time to get behind the stove and get cooking. And apparently, there’s no better person to talk with about cozy comfort foods for...

Fall Favorites

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From cozy sweaters and hot chocolate to roaring fires and falling leaves, there’s nothing not to love about fall. This is especially true when it comes to some of my favorite breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts of the season. To satisfy you football fanatics...

Spiced Pumpkin and Blueberry Pancakes

Spiced Pumpkin Blueberry Pancakes

When family traditions take shape, they seem to do so out of the blue, without warning, planning or even awareness. For example, Wednesday morning breakfasts with my husband. These days, he works a little later than he used to, which is nice because we...

Soft Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodles

Apple Snickerdoodles

When I think of baking with apples, my mind immediately rushes to warm, gooey tarts, muffins and pies rich with the sweet scent of the crisp, fall season fruit. But, since I have such an abundance of it and have already done plenty of...

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Rich Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My husband, who doesn’t like a lot of sweets, loves a good pumpkin pie. Unfortunately for him, I don’t, so it doesn’t get made around here that often. Lucky for him, though, I do have a major affinity for cake in all shapes and...

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Cinnamon Applesauce

It’s just after the first few days of fall, and already I’m aching to dive headfirst into apple picking, leaf raking and pumpkin pie baking. Two of those things I’ve done already… sort of. My husband Mark and I spent this past weekend planting...

Creamy Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon and Parmesan

Creamy Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon and Parmesan

These past few days, I have been going full force on the fall season. From decorating to landscaping, cooking and baking, it’s been all about my favorite season around here, and there’s plenty to celebrate. For one, this is our first fall in our...

Pear Ginger Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

pear ginger crumble recipe

Around this time of year, when the markets aren’t overflowing with juicy berries and colorful fruits ripe for the picking, I love to bake with pears. While they may look a little awkward and are usually discarded for more alluring summer produce, their crisp,...

Creamy Caesar Salad with Herb Grilled Chicken

Creamy Caesar Salad with Herb Grilled Chicken

One of my favorite memories from when we lived in California was eating dinner outside with my husband on our small balcony overlooking the mountains. With the high temperatures in Austin, where we live now, that hasn’t been possible but we’re still getting plenty...