Sep 16

Brown Bag Baked Peach Pie,

I know it’s not Friday, but we’re talking pie today anyways! (I’m impatient, what can I say?!?)  Actually, I’m sharing a pie recipe with you today because I filmed it on Studio 5 today, and the episode goes live this morning!  This pie was inspired by the Brown Bag Baked Peach Pie that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago from Honey Salt in Las Vegas.  Their peach pie only had a top crust, which was really more like a cobbler or upside down cake type topping.  I went with the top crust only idea, but ended up with a shortbread cookie crust instead. [Read More…]


Sep 14

Strawberry Mint Tea,

Happy Monday everyone!! As we transition from summer into fall, this is the perfect time to grab the last bits of summer fruits and vegetables and preserve them for fall and winter.  I few years ago I “borrowed” my mom’s old food dehydrator (circa early 1980s) to use for something and then kept on using it.  This past Christmas my awesome in-laws gave me a new dehydrator, as a combo Christmas/birthday present, that has been on my wishlist for a few years now—an Excalibur dehydrator.  A few months ago I received a review copy of The Dehydrator Bible by Jennifer MacKenzie, Jay Nutt, and Don Mercer, and that’s when I really began using my dehydrator.  Before that I was doing some basic dehydrating, but I found it frustrating to constantly be searching online for different dehydrating temperatures and ideas.  The book was exactly what I needed.  So I thought since I felt that way, some of you might feel the same! [Read More…]


Italian Style Rice & Peas (Risi e Bisi)

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Today I am teaming up with World Market (I’m a World Market ambassador) and The Chew to celebrate all things Italy because of a Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes that they just launched! (Details on how to enter are after the recipe.)  I am sharing one of my favorite Italian dishes—risi e bisi, Italian style rice and […]

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Cheddar Gougères (Savory Cheese Cream Puffs)

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This is one of my absolute favorite times of year.  I love when we start to transition out of summer weather and into fall.  It is still warm, but not crazy hot, and the markets still have summer produce but some of my fall favorites are starting to show up.  PERFECT PICNIC WEATHER!!!!  I’m sorry […]

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Brown Bag Baked Peach Pie at Honey Salt, Las Vegas

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Thank goodness it’s Friday Pie-day!  Today’s slice of goodness comes to us from Las Vegas.  Every time we drive to California to visit my parents we drive through Las Vegas.  On our way back from our most recent visit we may a quick stop at a restaurant called Honey Salt because I had read that […]

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3 California Avocado After-School Snacks

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It’s that time of year again when our kids are heading back to school.  Good bye lazy days.  Good bye sleeping in.  But hey, I’m happy to be back on a schedule and have some time during the day when I have the house to myself to take back control of things.  But when the […]

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Kyotofu’s Sweet Tofu Pudding

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Author Nicole Bermensolo brought her love for Japanese culture to Manhattan in 2006 when she and her friend Michael opened Kyotofu, a full-service restaurant and bakery.  The Kyotofu bakery featured Nicole’s quirky approach to Japanese sweets and customers fell in love.  In 2013 Nicole and Michael decided to close the restaurant so Nicole could focus […]

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Pillow Talk—Friday Pie-Day

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It’s Friday Pie-Day!  Friday is turning into my favorite day of the week because, well, pie! Today’s pie isn’t actually a pie I have tasted, but it’s on my wish list.

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Roasted Hatch Chile Cornbread—Celebrating Harmons Chile Roast

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I’ve recently had friends that live in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, rubbing in my face the fact that they’ve got Hatch chile roastings all over the place where they live.  Not fair!  Thankfully I was alerted to the fact that I was not out of luck.  Harmons Grocery, a local grocery chain here that […]

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Apple Pie at Law’s Coffee Shop, Oak Glen, California—Friday Pie-Day

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Pie is my thing.  I happen to have been born on National Pie Day.  Every year for my birthday when my mom asked what I wanted to have for my birthday cake, I would inevitably request something in a crust—maybe a cheese cake (BTW, why do they call it cake? That has always bugged me) […]

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