Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping

August 19, 2013
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“I can’t stop eating this!” exclaimed AJ as he took another bite of my Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping. I looked inquisitively at him as he sat at the round wooden table in his parent’s tiny kitchen. He explained himself, with his mouth half full and crumbs in his beard “You KNOW I […]

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Peach & Blueberry Cream Crumble Pie and the 18 Reasons DIY Dessert Pie Event!

July 15, 2013
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“So don’t tell anyone, but your pie was totally the best…” whispered my friend Stephanie, conspiratorially into my ear. I was at the 18 Reasons DIY Dessert: Pie! event that I cohost with my partner-in-crime Melanie. I had brought a Peach and Blueberry Cream Crumble Pie which was a total experimental pie for me and […]

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Buttermilk Biscuit Muffins with Ginger Plum Jam and my final day in Ohio Amish Country at Murphin Ridge Inn

September 10, 2012
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A good buttermilk biscuit is a thing of beauty, light, flaky and buttery. Add a spoonful of homemade ginger plum jam and you’ve got a country breakfast on a plate. Of course, some people seem super scared of making biscuits, thinking they’ll make them hard, tough or misshapen. Thankfully there is an easy solutions to […]

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Late Spring (almost Summer) Fruit Nutty Crumble, Gluten Free

May 28, 2012
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It is a constant struggle for me to use up the produce and perishable goods in my fridge and counter before they give up the ghost and end up in the compost bin. I loathe to throw anything food related away (ask AJ – it’s the most frustrating thing for him) but that was how […]

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Banana Coconut Cream Pie and a trip to Los Angeles

April 23, 2012
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I was first introduced to Banana Cream Pie years ago when I visited Los Angeles years ago and was hanging out with my friend Emmie. Emmie had moved to California a few years before I had made the move west, to pursuing acting (though she got sidetracked and eventually ended up launching an awesome and successful […]

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Banana & Green Tea Milk Chocolate Chunk Muffins and my entry into the Nuts About Oats contest

March 8, 2012

Every now and then I have friends ask me how I come up with the recipes that I do. They assume that I have tons of time on my hands to be constantly baking and that I spend loads of money on groceries tracking down the fancy ridiculous ingredients I have in the pantry. However […]

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Cherry Pistachio Meyer Lemon Cornmeal Muffins with Streusel Topping & a dream of penguins

February 20, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I had one of those random dreams where everything seemed to make sense in dreamworld logic, only upon awakening, to discover that it was complete nonsense. I’m not sure if it was the NyQuil I had taken to get myself to sleep (just as I was finally getting better from […]

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Apple Cookie Recipe – Caramel Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies & a trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art

January 23, 2012

I’ve had this terrible cold that morphed into a cough that morphed into sinus infection that’s morphed back into a cough. Or, at least, that’s what I think is happening to me. AJ has told me I should go to the doctor since it’s been so long since I’ve been hacking up nasty stuff, and […]

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Blackberry Peppermint Chocolate Striped Cookies & the 18 Reasons DIY Dessert Holiday Cookie Swap

January 9, 2012

So is everyone completely over Christmas, New Year’s and the Holidays? Your tree is pulled down, all the ornament’s put away, the bright twinkly lights wadded into a ball, to be detangled next year, and your “seasonal” plateware stored in the back of the closet, not to be seen for 11 more months? Yeah, well, […]

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Strawberry Black Pepper Chocolate Checkerboard Cookies

November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving is over, which means that I’m officially allowed to listen to Christmas music in the household. Apparently AJ can only listen to Dean Martin sing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” for about a month before he goes crazy. But every year, I look forward to the season, as I’m madly in love with Christmas and […]

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Double Butterscotch Apple Pie for the Gluten Free Ratio Rally

November 2, 2011

The gluten free ratio happens on the first Wednesday of the month and (when I don’t bail out) I am forced to make things gluten free for it. This month is pie. Though I was INSANELY busy (hello, I’m going to three friggin’ conferences in the next two weeks), I couldn’t skip it. I mean […]

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Lemon Pudding on Romaine Leaf Lettuce with Fresh Strawberries, Candied Pistachios and Cypress Black Sea Salt. Also a tour of the Tanimura & Antle Lettuce Farm as part of the Know a California Farmer initiative.

October 10, 2011

It was at lunch when I overheard my host, Farmer Brian say those fateful words. “You know, we grow so much lettuce, but I’ve never actually seen lettuce used in a dessert.” Challenge accepted! After all, how can I not want to take on those fighting words? I’m all about thinking outside the box. My […]

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Blueberry Peaches & Dreams Pie, adapted from Baked Exploration

October 3, 2011

I occasionally get a review copy of a cookbook in the mail, which is always exciting. I often times don’t have a chance to properly sit down and make anything out of them though I read them avidly whenever I have a chance. I’m the sort of person that can take a cookbook and read […]

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White Chocolate Ginger Papaya Bread and Mt. Haleakala

September 26, 2011

My parents grew up in a third world country and moved here with little money to spare. So it is no wonder that they have a thriftiness that sometimes borders on obsession, especially when it comes to food. Wasting food is probably one of the worst things that one can do in their eyes, and […]

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake & A Hawaiian Luau

September 22, 2011

An ex-boyfriend of mine, who I rarely think of nowadays, had a fondness for pineapple upside down cake. I made it a few times for him back in the day, and it usually involved canned pineapples rings and those obscenely nuclear red jarred Maraschino cherries. Once we broke up, I pretty much forgot about the […]

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Late Summer Stone Fruit Cobbler, with Plums, Pluots and Peaches

September 5, 2011

Summer is sadly coming to end and I have to admit I find it harder and harder to watch the sun set earlier knowing that the cool weather will be coming in and the shorter days are around the corner. Here in San Francisco our seasons are a little askew, and often our warmest weather […]

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Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwis, Pineapple and Liliko’i (Passion Fruit)

August 1, 2011

Today I enter my “bonus days” of our paradise vacation. I had left for Hawaii on July 1st and we initially had thought we would be staying for exactly one month – July 1 to July 31st. Then we found out that airplane tickets were exceedingly cheaper if we extended our trip to August 3rd. […]

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