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...

Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Today, my family is flying from Florida to visit us in our new home in Austin, and I couldn’t be more excited! Now that we have our first house, pay our bills and mow our lawns, I hope they’ll think we’re good little grown...

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

When we lived in California, there was this little Greek restaurant my husband and I used to walk to for dinner sometimes, usually on a weeknight because it was less crowded. He always ordered a pita sandwich, I ordered chicken and steak kebabs, and...

Basil Pesto Potato Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Basil Pesto Potato Salad, Tomatoes, Mozzarella

When it comes to summer side dishes, some have affection for pasta salad, salsas and corn on the cob, but my heart lies with potato salad. Ahh, potato salad. If you were a river, I’d swim in you. If you were a love song,...

Chicken, Penne and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

Penne, Chicken and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

When you’re sick of sticking to salads, sucking yourself into figure-hugging summer dresses and just overall being a good girl and watching your weight, eat THIS. If you still want to maintain a fraction of the good girl, eat a small portion, but have...