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,...

Avocado Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Try as we might, my husband and I can still not put our finger on one truly great storebought salsa. There are brands here and there that we sort of like, but nothing out of a tub truly hits the spot for our frequent salsa...

Raspberry and Pineapple Granita

Raspberry Granita

In my last granita post, I failed to mention one thing: I made it because I didn’t want to feel like I completely and totally failed at making frozen treats without an ice cream maker… namely, the honey-vanilla ice cream that ended up tasting a lot...

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

My first experience years ago with chicken marsala was not positive. I don’t remember it well, but maybe I was in the “tastes change” phase and couldn’t stomach the cooked mushrooms and syrupy sauce, or maybe it was because the restaurant didn’t make it properly, and...

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Macadamia Nut Cookies

Once of my fondest childhood memories is this: Looking back on it now, I can’t believe it, but when I was a little girl, my dad would drive 500 miles from his home in suburban Massachusetts to my front door in rural Maryland, I’d hop in...

Summer Stir Fry

Shrimp Stir Fry

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, however you may have spent it. Mark and I had a great time at our friends’ place yesterday, noshing on steak, guzzling beer-itas (their surprisingly good beer/tequila/limeade concoction) and watching the fireworks display by the beach! Speaking of seafood, I have a...

Savory Breakfast Muffins

Savory Breakfast Muffin

Five days per week, my husband Mark eats the same breakfast again and again. Well, okay, it’s not exactly the same if you count different flavors of the same thing as “variety.” But still, whether apples or cinnamon or maple-flavored, it’s oatmeal. Every single day. And, as...

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich

You know when someone asks you what your favorite food is, and you sometimes stumble on your answer? There are so many delicious dishes and sweets and snacks you love, so how can you be expected to pick just one as your favorite?! Well, unfortunately,...

Strawberry Granita

Strawberry Granita

For the past week, whenever the temperature has been too much to handle and I just have to cool down, I haven’t been grabbing a handheld fan or flipping on the air conditioning. Instead, I’ve been submerging my head in the frigid air of my freezer for a few...