A Pie for Mikey

Posted on Aug 12th, 2011

I don't know Jennifer Perillo personally, I just read her blog and follow her tweets. But that did not make her devastating loss any less real for…

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Are You Ready for Saint Patrick’s Day?

Posted on Mar 13th, 2013

Saint Patrick's Day is almost here, and Americans all over the country are buying extra large bottles of emerald green food dye. Very soon, cakes,…

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Baked Cinnamon Pecan French Toast

Posted on Dec 6th, 2014

  "Don't you want me baby? Don't you want me now-ow-ow-ow?" Those song lyrics have become an earworm for me. As I edited my photos of…

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Banana Split Pie with Chocolate-Rum Sauce Recipe

Posted on Jul 24th, 2009

I really enjoy dessert, but don't always want to put in the effort of making it.  Which is good, because with my inherited sweet tooth (thanks mom)…

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Bananas Foster Ice Cream

Posted on May 21st, 2009

Are you like me and always have over ripened bananas in your kitchen?  The toddler loves bananas, but how many can a two year old eat?  So, sooner…

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Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Posted on Apr 27th, 2010

Everyone has a go-to cookie recipe.  This is mine. THREE ingredients somehow meld together to make an incredibly luscious, melt in your mouth,…

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Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Posted on Jun 20th, 2016

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt is actually the ingredient list. Brown sugar + vanilla + yogurt = creamy and tangy goodness. As I am writing…

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Butter & Scotch Hot Toddy Caramel Corn

Posted on Oct 9th, 2016

    This is a sponsored post from Abrams Books and the Abrams Dinner Party.    Last week I did a very informal poll in a…

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Candy Cane Cookies

Posted on Dec 19th, 2012

Cookie #2 in the 2012 series using the Master Cookie Dough is a chocolaty, crunchy delight. Crushed candy canes add a hint of minty freshness, while…

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Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

Posted on Oct 27th, 2013

All Hallows Eve approaches. Little ghouls and goblins and witches and Star Wars characters emerge from the dark for tricks and treats. All across…

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Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream

Posted on Apr 19th, 2010

Cherries Jubilee ice cream?  Don't you usually serve Cherries Jubilee OVER ice cream?  Yes.  But why not try a new spin on an old classic?  I…

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Chocolate Ale Layer Cake

Posted on Apr 28th, 2011

Two of my favorite things in the world recently collided in the most delicious way. Beer and chocolate. As a Featured Publisher for Foodbuzz I got…

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Chocolate Chip-Coconut Bars

Posted on Dec 9th, 2011

These Chocolate Chip-Coconut Bars are making me happy and my scale rather unhappy! I swear I heard it let out a groan the other day. Or maybe that…

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Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bites

Posted on Dec 12th, 2011

Bite. Morsel. Just enough to satisfy the appetite. These little cookies are the perfect two or three bite treat to go along with a cup of coffee…

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Christmas Cookie Masterpieces!

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2012

Yes, they are masterpieces! Created by five and six year old artists in my daughter's kindergarten class with nothing more than food coloring pens…

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Cinnamon and Ancho Chile Scented Avocado Ice Cream

Posted on Jun 7th, 2010

Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!  But I am not a big fan of chocolate ice cream, though I do love chocolate in most other incarnations. …

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Cinnamon Sugar Crisps

Posted on Dec 21st, 2011

Cookie #4 from my Master Cookie Dough is the kind of cookie that you think you can eat just one. Then you eat another, and another, and another. You…

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Crispy Sugar Cookies

Posted on Dec 14th, 2011

Don't you love to see beautifully decorated cookies during the holiday season? Well, these may not be the most beautiful, but they sure are…

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Dessert Hack Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Posted on Sep 7th, 2015

Who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies? Who doesn't like peanut butter cups? Put them together and you have these heavenly Dessert Hack Chocolate…

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Drumroll Please! The Persimmon Ice Cream Recipe!

Posted on Dec 19th, 2010

Apparently my skills as a procrastinator have improved over the years.  I have been trying to post this recipe for two weeks now, and finally I have…

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Hibiscus Scented Fig Compote

Posted on Sep 25th, 2011

Fall is here and figs are all over the markets. Here is Southern California, fig trees are everywhere, so having friends and neighbors giving out…

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Krack Krispies aka Browned Butter Rice Krispies with Almonds and Cherry Raisinets

Posted on Jun 10th, 2010

Rice Krispie treats are a fast and easy sweet snack to make.  I remember making them as a child, and just this morning saw a commercial with a…

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Lemon Curd and Honey Creme Napoleon

Posted on Dec 15th, 2011

  I have been in cookie heaven (or hell depending on how you look at it) for a while now, and thought I would change it up a bit with another…

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Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2013

I cannot find any words to express who my mother was better than my "Brother from Another Mother" Kevin used at my mom's memorial service. His…

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Life Happens… and the Recipe for the Best Pound Cake Ever

Posted on Feb 26th, 2010

Life Happens...and it has been happening to me with a vengeance! In the past few weeks I threw my baby girl a 3rd birthday party, nursed her back to…

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Mango-Ginger Ice Cream

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2012

  Ice cream. Such a gloriously rich, creamy, calorie dense treat, loved by young and old alike. Actually it is the prefect food for the very…

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Master Cookie Dough

Posted on Dec 7th, 2011

Master cookie dough? What? I can hear you all scratching your heads.  A master cookie dough is a dough that is very versatile and can be made into…

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Master Cookie Dough Part 2

Posted on Dec 15th, 2012

Cookie Baking is in full swing for the holidays, and I am trotting out the Master Cookie Dough recipe! This is my go-to recipe, because I can make so…

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Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Bars

Posted on Dec 20th, 2013

    I think of these as adult cookies. Not that children will not like them, but the flavor is one to have with a cup of coffee or…

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Mom’s Old School Bread Pudding

Posted on Feb 19th, 2013

  As I continue to process the loss of my mother, I decided to re-post this recipe for one of her favorite desserts. Mom loved bread pudding,…

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Monster Bites

Posted on Oct 6th, 2016

    Halloween is becoming my favorite holiday. No giant meal to prepare, no pressure to buy just the right present and you can dress…

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Need a brunch idea? Make french toast casserole

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009

One of my favorite things about the weekend is having more time to make a nice breakfast for the family.  During the week I am usually rushing to…

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Nutella Bites

Posted on Dec 18th, 2013

    Master Cookie Dough is so fun to play with. Add a pinch of this, a dollop of that, roll the dough in this, fill it with that! One…

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Olive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts and Currants

Posted on Jun 10th, 2016

I've been teaching cooking classes at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, and recently we did a series on Italian regional cooking. One of the…

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Organic Meyer Lemon Curd Puff Pastry Tarts

Posted on Jan 24th, 2013

Little bites of sunshine. That's what these tasty mini gems are. Little bites of sunshine in your mouth. Sweet/tart organic Meyer lemon curd, buttery…

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Organic Meyer Lemon Curd Recipe

Posted on Dec 18th, 2009

  I love winter in Southern California.  The weather changes (it's 78 degrees right now instead of 101 degrees) and the citrus trees are…

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Organic Persimmon Cookies and Bars

Posted on Jan 26th, 2011

Ah, Persimmons.  Yes I am writing about persimmons again.  And I still have more persimmon pulp lurking in my freezer.  A short while ago I wrote…

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Peach Pie Cookie Bars

Posted on Jul 12th, 2013

Rich and gooey, crunchy and sweet.  That is how I describe this Peach Pie Cookie Bar. My blogging buddy and friend Kelly over at Evil Shenanigans…

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Peppermint Kisses

Posted on Dec 17th, 2012

First, I bite the soft tip of the kiss, slowly melting the minty white chocolate in my mouth while nibbling the little crunchy bits of peppermint…

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PFB #3 – The “Only Slightly Fancy” Family Dinner Party

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2010

Much to my surprise,  I find myself in round 3 of Project Food Blog - The Luxury Dinner Party.  Only thing is, I don't do luxury.  I can…

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Pineapple Coconut Rainbow Bread Pudding

Posted on Jan 13th, 2015

  The first time I laid eyes on this bread I was drawn to it. The psychedelic swirl of color got my attention, my mind filling with fun…

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Raspberry Dessert Tamales

Posted on Dec 24th, 2012

This year I did something I have wanted to do for years. I made sweet tamales! If you do not live in an area with a large Mexican population, than…

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Recipe for the Best Pound Cake Ever

Posted on Aug 4th, 2009

Some may disagree with my rather opinionated title, but this really is a special pound cake.  I grew up eating this cake (and have the hips to prove…

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Retro Recipes: Classic Bread Pudding

Posted on Aug 6th, 2010

Bread pudding is one of those desserts that are old school, classic and comforting.  A dessert you remember your grandmother or mother making. …

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Slow Cooker Persimmon Butter

Posted on Nov 19th, 2015

Fall is here and persimmons are abundant. Farmer's markets and grocery stores showcase them in all of their vibrant  orangeness. I am lucky to be…

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Strawberry and Cream Cake

Posted on Jun 17th, 2011

I was almost defeated by this cake.  Almost.  What you see is strawberry cake number three. Number one was OK, number two was OK, but number three…

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Strawberry Nachos

Posted on Mar 27th, 2013

This is one of those posts when I know you all are thinking I have had a break with sanity. Those who know me usually say "Pack light! It's a short…

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Strawberry Wine Dessert Sauce

Posted on Mar 21st, 2013

One of the best things about living in California, is the abundant fresh produce available year round. So what if we regularly have brush fires,…

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Summer Cherry Crisp

Posted on Sep 13th, 2012

  You may have noticed it has been little a little quieter around here. I may do a few posts, then you don't hear from me for a couple of…

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Sweet and Savory Avocado Ice Cream

Posted on Mar 27th, 2009

Avocado ice cream? Really?  An avocado is a fruit, so why not.  There is no written rule that says ice cream has to be sweet all the time, so why…

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Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

Posted on Nov 29th, 2015

Popcorn is and always will be one of the best snacks around. It can be buttery, salty, spicy, sweet or savory. You eat it the movies, you eat it…

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Sweet Potato Pie Gooey Bars Recipe

Posted on Dec 8th, 2009

I'm a cereal fan.  I can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Although Captain Crunch will always hold a place deep in my heart, I have tried to…

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Tea Time with Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Tea Cakes

Posted on Mar 10th, 2015

This post is sponsored by Nestle Toll House   Before the technological world took over, kids often played in an imaginary world. A…

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The Black Girl’s Top 10 Recipes of 2013

Posted on Dec 31st, 2013

Looking back at this tumultuous year I have had, I was not surprised that I honestly could not remember a lot of the recipes I developed and…

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The Heirloom Pumpkin Pie Pan

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2013

  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as always I am trying to figure out how we got to the holiday season so quickly!  One would…

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The Master Cookie Dough Chronicles

Posted on Dec 11th, 2013

    That rather monotone, drab looking bowl of dough is somewhat like Clark Kent.  Boring and nice Clark, suddenly transformed…

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The Top 12 of 2012

Posted on Dec 31st, 2012

It's time to chill the bubbly and toast to new beginnings! 2012 is coming to an end, and at its regularly scheduled time as opposed to that Mayan…

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Vanilla Meringue Cookies

Posted on May 8th, 2012

Recently I participated in  the Share our Strength Los Angeles Food Blogger Bake Sale, to raise money to fight childhood hunger. Donating a few…

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Vegan 3 Ingredient No Churn Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Posted on Aug 24th, 2016

    Only three ingredients? And it is vegan? And you don't need an ice cream maker? And it actually tastes really, really…

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Wordless Wednesday | Meringue Trio

Posted on May 2nd, 2012

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Wordless Wednesday | Persimmon Ice Cream

Posted on Dec 15th, 2010

An actual recipe for this sublime persimmon ice cream will be posted soon.  Really, it…

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