Buttermilk Honey Bread

Buttermilk Honey Bread

This blog started with a loaf of homemade bread, and since then, I’ve had great fun experimenting with all different varieties of bread – the sweet and savory, warm and doughy, and those that are just plain great for a sandwich or dunking in a bowl...

Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Cocktail

One of the things I like most about growing my own basil is that it is so easy to take care of and can be added to a number of dishes I make at home. However, though I’ve garnished many a pasta sauce and chicken...

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

To me, cooking and baking are so closely related to giving, sharing, and bringing people together. You can give a new neighbor a warm apple pie to welcome them to the neighborhood. You can share a decadent, homemade chocolate dessert with friends or your main squeeze (Though, really, who wants to...

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie

Is it wrong to have pie for breakfast? Well, if it is wrong then I don’t wanna be right! It’s that time of year in California again – strawberry season - when growers have more strawberries than they know what to do with and so they’re...

Easy Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bacon Cheddar Scones (4)

This is not a scone-loving household. I mean, with the exception of the scones my mom makes, I’ve never met a scone I really liked, and neither has my husband Mark. The scones we’ve had have always been flavorless and dry, and every bite sucks so much...

Mediterranean Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

A few times per week, I’ll make something for dinner that we’ve never had before, but when I want to go back to the basics and taste something comfortable and familiar, it doesn’t get much better than spaghetti and meatballs. As it turns out, until...

Oven Baked Onion Rings

Oven Baked Onion Rings

If you’re in the mood for something sinful, fried and oh-so-good but bad for you, go gobble up a funnel cake (I won’t judge). But, if you have the good sense to whip up something in your home that’s delicious and fried-tasting but not all that bad for you,...

Strawberry Coffee Cake

Strawberry Coffee Cake 4

Maybe it’s just the excitement of spring but I can’t help but see delish strawberry dishes all over my favorite food blogger’s sites, and I’m lovin’ it! In particular, this amazing Strawberry Coffee Cake recipe from Joy The Baker caught my eye, and the...

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Thyme

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

The day I went to the grocery store for heavy cream and sweet potatoes, I was feeling super excited about trying this new recipe from my Real Simple magazine. I thought I’d be in, be out, and back in the kitchen in no time. As it is, I...

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

When my husband snuck a spoon into the soup pot and gave a “WHOOOO!”, I knew this soup would be a tad too spicy for me, but just right for him and probably all of the people I share the recipe with. Mark has the...