Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

If you’re not making this year’s Thanksgiving meal, bring a pie but also bring a little breakfast. Breakfast? For Thanksgiving? Nope. Breakfast for your host, who undoubtedly has spent the last week sweating, baking, planning, shopping and anticipating this joyful but sometimes stressful holiday. Trust...

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cake copy

I’ve never been one to jump at the pecan tarts or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert. They’re not for me. However, if there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s cake. Oh, cake. Sigh. It may just be the holiday spirit igniting inside me, but this cake has...

Apple Galette

Apple Galette 2

Because it was warming up in Los Angeles recently after a week of wind-whipping cold, I started craving an apple dessert to make me feel like it was fall again. In my mind, I pretended the fireplace was roaring and I was wrapped in...

Mom’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Come fall and winter, there’s nothing better than a big bowl of hot soup. After just one spoonful, you instantly feel warmed to the bone and “hugged” from within. Especially with my tiny, blonde, yoga-loving mother 3000 miles away, I could definitely use the feeling of her hug now and...

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

In the world of pancakes, I am inexperienced. I’ve only made them maybe 10 times in my life, and had fewer flavors than I can count on my hand. But, boy, do I love them. Usually, I stick with strawberry, blueberry and plain old…...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Okay, time for a confession: I have a major ”mom” purse. Yup, it’s large, in-charge and full of pretty much everything you and I both would need to stay alive on a deserted island for at least a week. Nope, not a mom - just prepared...

Easy Parmesan Risotto

Parmesan Risotto

Risotto used to be a dish that scared and intimidated me, but since I started to learn to make it, I’ve never stopped experimenting. This risotto, however, has remained my absolute favorite. Though it may look simple, it is fragrant, rich and very flavorful. The...

Mini Apple and Cherry Pies

Mini Apple Pies

Though my husband, Mark, and I aren’t going anywhere special for Thanksgiving, or even hosting a two-person to-do of our own, these mini apple and cherry pies make me wish all the more that we were.I mean, who can resist a little two-bite version of everyone’s favorite fall...

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Pomegranate Cocktail

When a representative from POM Wonderful generously provided me with a dozen bottles of pomegranate juice, I was thankful but hesitant. I had never tried the stuff before, or even had any drink, dessert or other dish containing pomegranate, and for good reason. My mother is...

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Shrimp Tacos

You can only eat so many servings of hearty soup, chili, potatoes and pasta before you start craving something a little more light. And, even if the fall season is fully upon us, I still crave fresh, summery flavors between all the pot pies and pulled pork…...