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...]

Balsamic Glazed Fresh Melon Cake Recipe

Balsamic Glazed Melon Cake Recipe

For a while now, I've been imagining how pretty super thin melon slices would be stacked together -- in the form of a cake.  I'm not the first to think of a cake made of fresh melon -- but, I've never seen one quite like this.  This is one idea that's been on my want-to-do list for a long time, and I'm super excited to … [Read more...]

Caramelized Banana-Blueberry Gelato Recipe

Caramelized Banana-Blueberry Gelato Recipe

It turned out to be a good thing that we couldn't eat our most recent batch of bananas quickly enough.  I bought way too many at once, and somehow did the same thing with blueberries. I couldn't very well let these delicious fruits go to waste, so I created this super interesting and crazy delicious gelato recipe.  … [Read more...]

Honey-Grapefruit Popsicle Recipe

Honey Grapefruit Popsicle Recipe

 My current favorite breakfast is a Ruby grapefruit cut in half with honey drizzled over it.  I just love the perfect blend of the tart, juicy grapefruit with the sweet honey.  Each bite is perfectly balanced.I've been loving this so much that I decided to deconstruct it, then reshape it into an ice cold popsicle.  … [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...]

Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe

Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe-cinnamon sticks-creamy, brown|

I love cinnamon and I can't imagine life in my kitchen without it.  It's as crucial a staple as olive oil or butter as far as I'm concerned.  And I'd be very surprised if any of you didn't have cinnamon in your pantry.This heavenly spice is packed with health benefits and adds warmth and delicious flavor to both … [Read more...]