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...]

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...]

Peanut Butter Pretzel Seven Layer Magic Bars Recipe

Peanut Butter Pretzel Seven Layer Magic bars

Please forgive me. I simply had to make them. And then I had to post them. I thought twice about it, but then I figured . . . why?After all, I'm only human. ;-)These treats totally deviate from the typical fare -- sweet or savory -- that you might normally see here.  First, there's not a lot, if any, … [Read more...]

Chipotle Bacon Brisket Chili Recipe

Chocolate Chipotle Smoky Bacon Brisket Chili Recipe

This is not a sponsored post. Melissa's Produce sent me their Steamed Red Kidney Beans for recipe testing. Precooked, with a super smooth texture, they're a delicious addition to this chili.  All opinions are my own, and as always, I only work with products I like and want to share with my readers."When you're … [Read more...]

Summertime Garden Party Menu

Summertime Garden Party Menu

photo credit: 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...]

Individual Coffee-Chocolate Mud Pie Recipe with Espresso-Chocolate Sauce


My dad turned 80 last week.  80!Think of every positive, loving adjective you can, and my dad's all that. Plus, he's the most youthful, active 80-year-old in existence.My dad doesn't have a day without an hour with the LA Times and his dog at the local coffee shop, a hike and/or a visit to the Malibu Lagoon, a … [Read more...]

Espresso Chocolate Sauce Recipe

Chocolate-Espresso Sauce Recipe

I eat it with a spoon.I dip my biscotti in it.I drizzle it over my ice cream.I cover strawberries with it.I pour it over bananas.Really, I could drink it.Over the weekend I served it with Individual Chocolate-Coffee Mud Pies for my dad's birthday.  (We'll have that tomorrow.  Stay … [Read more...]

Introducing Choctál Ice Cream

Introducing Choctál Ice Cream - choclate and vanilla |

This post is not sponsored.  Every now and then I come across a product that I feel an obligation to share with you.  (A culinary obligation, that is.) This ice cream is amazing and I really want all of you to experience it's deliciousness!DOMINICAN CHOCOLATE | MADAGASCAR VANILLA MEXICAN VANILLA | KALIMANTAN … [Read more...]

Spiced Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe


Chocolate chips or not, banana bread has always been, and always will be cake.Sure, it's shaped like bread, presented and sliced like bread, and well, perhaps we feel better having it for breakfast when we call it bread -- but lest be real, it's cake.It's soft, sweet and warm.  Ummm?  Yep, it's cake.It's … [Read more...]