Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes - Honey Glazed Korean Pears in Wonton Crisps with Cinnamon Cream

From unique and delicious twists on favorite classic Thanksgiving pies, to perfectly fall- spiced apples and pears for the holiday -- there's a dessert here to wow every guest at your table.Here are my top ten Thanksgiving dessert recipes!  (And yes, there's chocolate, too!) Click on the title or image to get each … [Read more...]

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Sides: Prosciutto Cranberry Brussels Sprouts Recipe

From delicious and unique casseroles to scrumptious twists on all of the classics, all of these recipes will totally wow your holiday guests!Here are my top ten Thanksgiving side dishes!  Click on the title or image to get each recipe . . . Prosciutto Cranberry Brussels SproutsRed Wine Braised Pearl Onions & … [Read more...]

How to Cook a Spaghetti Squash: A Photographic Guide

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!

Spaghetti Squash is a fascinating, delicious and versatile winter vegetable.  It may seem daunting to prepare, but after reading this step-by-step guide, you'll see how easy it is.Put away your Spiralizer, my friends!  This variety of winter squash is naturally spiralized -- when it's cooked, the flesh loosens and  has … [Read more...]

Halloween Treats and Desserts

Frankenstein Marshmallos for Halloween

Here are a few adorable and tasty Halloween treats that are super fun for kids or ideal to bring to a party. The truth is, I'm not really into Halloween. (GASP!)  Sure, for the past 11 years, since my first son was born, I've rallied and done everything from painting my face, to making homemade costumes.  I even have a … [Read more...]

Eating in Seattle: Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss!

Eating in Seattle - Matt's Restaurant

This is not a sponsored post.  I am writing about these restaurants because I loved them and want to share them with you!I usually post new, original recipes here, but today we're taking a little eating trip through Seattle instead.  I visited that town recently, and the food was simply to good to go without … [Read more...]

How to Peel and Devein Shrimp: A Photographic Guide

How to Peel and Devein Shrimp-A Photographic Guide

If time allows when you're cooking, starting from scratch is always best.  And in the case of peeling and deveining shrimp it can save you money -- shrimp per pound is considerably more expensive if the work has been done for you. Makes perfect sense, but it's really easy to do yourself, and from my experience, it's … [Read more...]

Hatch Chile Season 2015!

Hatch Chile Season 2015

'Tis the season.  You know how it goes, "winter, spring, summer, hatch, and fall."I've been celebrating this joyous culinary season for the past four years, and I'm happy to have created about a dozen Hatch Chile recipes to show for it.  Here's one of my favorites -- Roasted Hatch Chile & White Peach … [Read more...]

Summertime Garden Party Menu

Summertime Garden Party Menu

photo credit: shepaused4thought.com Isn't it so hard to slow down?  To make time for yourself?  To do something just for fun?  It sure is for me, and when I do it, it never fails to remind me that I should make a bigger effort to do it more often.   Last week I had the most delightful time with some of my favorite … [Read more...]

LA Restaurant Review: Tatsu Ramen

Los Angeles Tatsu Ramen Restaurant Review

I'm really excited about this restaurant.  Don't miss the video at the bottom of the post! My brother recently moved back to LA after not living here since he left for college in 1987.We're very close -- always have been.We shared a room when we were young kids, until we were about 8 and 9, I think.  (He's 14 … [Read more...]

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

Last-Minute 4th of July BBQ Menu!

So it's late afternoon on the 3rd of July and you might not know what to make for your 4th of July guests yet.  Do not fear!  I'm here to help. ;-)  Here's an awesome four course menu that you can easily pull off, and you will totally impress your guests!  As long as you can handle fighting the crowds at the market, … [Read more...]