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,...

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...