Mini Carrot Cakes

Mini Carrot Cake

Around this time of year, when fall is just around the corner, I start seriously craving the smells of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. I don’t know why; Maybe it’s because I’m a cold-weather person and the aromas remind me of wearing sweaters and crunching leaves under my...

Best Cocoa Brownies

Brownies

The family I married into is pretty great. My sister-in-law is one of my most trusted friends. My father-in-law loves a long chat with his son and always tells him funny news stories that get back to me. And, my mother-in-law, Linda, is one of the warmest women I...

Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites

Ham Cheese Pretzel Bites

I love a simple plate of cheese and crackers as much as the next person, but when I have time to plan before people come over, I like to make something to munch on that’s homemade and from the heart. These ham and cheese pretzel bites are a fun little cocktail-type...

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

There is nothing I like more than waking up on a slow, sunny weekend morning and tearing into a sweet and sticky cinnamon roll. My better half prefers a big pile of eggs, bacon and pancakes, but give me one of these – or twelve...

How To: Store and Freeze Fresh Herbs

Fresh Herbs (2)

When it comes to gardening, I’ve shared before that I have a bit of a black thumb, but ironically, I can care for a bunch of fresh herbs once they’ve been uprooted from their soil. Keeping fresh herbs fresh can be tricky, but if stored...

Mini Peach Pies

Mini Peach Pies

I don’t know about you, but my favorite way to each a peach is sitting barefoot on a back porch in the middle of summer, and feeling that sticky, sweet nectar roll down my chin. There’s something about it that just oozes summertime. But, because rather...

Rigatoni Peperonata

Rigatoni Peperonata

Rarely does a meatless dish make for a happy husband at the dinner table. But, as Mark has been brave taste-tester and willing participant, he doesn’t mind when I change things up a bit, and sometimes even likes the end result. However, as I was cooking this delicious pasta dinner...

How To: Make Seasoning Salt

Seasoning Salt 2

Chicken, pork, beef, veggies – you name it, I probably put this seasoning salt on it! This mix of savory spices and dried herbs is my absolute favorite, but not until recently did I decide to mix up a big batch and store it in a container for...

Fresh Fruit Angel Food Cake

Fresh Fruit Shortcake (3)

When I cook, I like to take chances and maybe add a little more or less of this or that, and it usually works out well. But when it comes to baking and tampering with the perfect chemistry required to make one ingredient work with the next, I’m always learning...

Peach and Mint Iced Tea

Peach Mint Iced Tea

Wintertime in Southern California is not exactly harsh, but at its coldest, I remember wishing, hoping, praying that in just a few short months we would have a blazing hot summer. Why? Of course, so that I could spend every waking hour at the beach, working on my tan. At 90 degrees,...