Sardinian Pasta Recipe


I think a traditional Sardinian pasta dish usually includes saffron and sausage. And by "I think," I mean it's an educated guess. This is not at all a traditional dish from Sardinia, and both of those (albeit delicious), ingredients are not in it. I'm calling it "Sardinian Pasta," for two reasons.Did you know Sardinia … [Read more...]

Pecan Crusted, Salted, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Thanksgiving Desserts-Gluten-Free Salated Caramel, Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Pie

With Halloween only days away, and pumpkins on my mind, I'm preparing my Thanksgiving menu!This is no an ordinary pumpkin pie, my friends.This is the yummiest pumpkin pie ever!It's delightfully smooth and incredibly rich . . . and the flavor is beyond belief!Am I building up the hype here too much?  And I'm … [Read more...]

Crimson Gold Apple Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

Crimson Gold Apple Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

These Crimson Gold Apples filled with Sesame Chicken Salad might just be as adorable as the Pumpkin Almond Cookies.One savory and one sweet, both scream fall in a big way!  And both are absolutely delicious!Thanks to Melissa's Produce and Cuyama Orchards, I was able to pick each of these organic Crimson Gold … [Read more...]

Cuyama Orchards: A Farm Full of Beauty, Family and Three-Hundred Acres of Organic Apples!

Apple Farm

Having grown up in California, I've been able to visit some wonderful, picturesque places.From the Sequoia National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains to the Channel Islands, California is full of beauty.And now I can add another gem to the list -- Cuyama Orchards.  This breathtaking organic apple farm is on … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Passion Flowers and Roasted Pepper Potato Soup Recipe with Smoky Chipotle Parmesan French Fries

Roasted Pepepr Potato Soup Recipe - Topped with Chipotle Parmesan Fries - it's divine!

A little math equation for you:  favorite, fresh flavors . . . plus wonderful textures . . . plus a bit of warming spices equals . . . a delicious and perfect puréed soup!That's exactly what's going one here.Sweet, smoky peppers . . . plus potato . . . plus a bit of cumin and chipotles equals . . . Roasted … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Almond Cookies for Halloween and Thanksgiving


Yesterday my six-year-old son asked me if next year we could please get some "gory" and "really scary" Halloween decorations.Apparently our current decorations are "cute."The truth is, I love "cute!" Gory and scary . . . not so much.  For me Halloween is simply a fun part of fall -- it's harvest time, it's … [Read more...]

Heirloom Apple Salad Recipe, Starring the Pink Pearl

Heriloom Apple Salad Recipe

Have you ever opened a beautifully wrapped gift to find something so stunning, and so unexpected inside, that it takes your breath away?This is exactly the experience I had first time I cut into a Pink Pearl heirloom apple.Pale yellow with a subtle rosy hue on the outside, you wouldn't suspect the deep, vibrant … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Pink Anthuriums and Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake Recipe


You're not the only one who thinks of baking banana bread when you have too many, too ripe, bananas in the house -- but, have you ever thought about baking banana cake!?This Gluten-Free Banana Chcolate Chip Cake is so incredibly delicious, rich and sweet, that it doesn't require frosting.This makes it appear … [Read more...]

Lunch with Nathan Turner & Melissa’s Produce, American Style!

Lunch with Nathan Turner

Nathan Turner, celebrity interior designer and entertaining expert has just launched his first book, Nathan Turner's American Style: Classic Design & Effortless Entertaining.Last week I was fortunate enough to help celebrate this wonderful book release! Hosted by Melissa's Produce, I was amongst a handful of … [Read more...]

Fall Chai Spiced Apple Cake Recipe


Two of my boys' best friends, who happen to be brother and sister, live just a few minutes away, and we spend a lot of time at their house.When the kids met each other a few years ago, their mom quickly became one of my friends, too.Their house is so familiar now that my boys just run in, shedding their shoes … [Read more...]