Chocolate and Whiskey Shortbread Truffles

Chocolate Whiskey Truffles

I have never made chocolate truffles before but have always enjoyed them at holiday parties. However, truffles are easy to make in your own home, and they make for a decadent and elegant dessert! When Walker’s Shortbread contacted me recently about sampling some of their delicious, buttery shortbread (it’s...

Spinach Gnocchi

Spinach Gnocchi

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving in the company of family or friends. My husband and I ate, drank and laughed the night away with our close friends’ family, and it couldn’t have been a nicer way to spend the holiday. We left...

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy

Roasted Turkey

Hello, foodie friends! Happy (almost) Thanksgiving to you! I’m sure your holiday plans are probably already firmly decided, but until Monday night, ours were up in the air. My husband, Mark, and I were planning on making this little 3-pound turkey breast for ourselves and...

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...