Spiced Pecans

November 13, 2015

These easy and fast candied spiced pecans are fantastic all on their own or perfect added to a salad or a roasted vegetable. “I think we need to take this jar of spiced pecans to my parents” said my partner AJ as he took another handful of the nuts. I had a made a batch […]

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Sponsored Post: Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie with Negra Modelo beer

November 12, 2015

Spicy Cinnamon Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie is the perfect complement to the holidays (and a cold Negra Modelo beer!). “This is the best pecan pie I’ve ever had!” exclaimed my partner after he took a bite of the Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie I had just cut into. He had just come into the kitchen from […]

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How to Get Room Temperature Butter Fast

November 11, 2015

How to get room temperature butter fast! A step-by-step tutorial. A couple of years ago, I shared a tip on how to get butter to room temperature. But now I have an even faster way to do it! Obviously most baking recipes call for room temp butter, but most folks don’t remember to take the […]

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Inspirational Quote: Joss Whedon Quote

November 10, 2015
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Sponsored Post: Lemon Dry Brined Roasted Turkey with Sage

November 9, 2015

Though I love brining my turkey (and really, any meat now that I think of it) because it creates a wonderfully juicy turkey, I’m usually loathe having to deal with the giant ziplock bag and the gallons of water that I need to struggle with. Then I discovered the wonders of the dry brine! A […]

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Sponsored Post: Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

November 8, 2015

These luscious rosemary garlic olive oil mashed potatoes make any meal special! My friend Rita is obsessed with mashed potatoes. I’ve never seen her turn down a side order of mashed potatoes if they are on a restaurant menu. If it were up to her, she’d probably be happy eating them every single day for […]

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Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue and Pecans Crumble

November 7, 2015

This sweet potato casserole with meringue and pecan crumble is a sophisticated update on the classic Thanksgiving side dish. I’ve always been a bit lukewarm about the ubiquitous sweet potato casserole. Sure it seems like a good idea, with the warm and gooey marshmallows on top, but it always feels a bit one dimensional to […]

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Sponsored Post: Wild Mushroom Stuffing

November 6, 2015

This wild mushroom stuffing has leeks and sourdough bread to make a fabulously flavored Thanksgiving side dish. I’m always on the lookout for vegetarian options for my Thanksgiving menu. This wild mushroom and leek stuffing is the perfect solution. Instead of using chicken stock or baking it in the bird itself, it uses plenty of […]

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Kitchen Tip #6: The Countertop Garbage Brown Bag

November 5, 2015

Skip the “garbage” bowl and use a countertop “garbage” brown bag sack instead for convenience and ease! Here’s another fantastic kitchen tip from an ongoing series of kitchen tips that I do every now and then. This time I take on prepping! People often complain about prepping and the amount of scraps that it creates. […]

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Sponsored Post: Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

November 4, 2015

These turkey cranberry meatballs are the perfect appetizer for the holidays! The holiday season is starting and that means holiday parties! Though I’m known for almost always contributing desserts, occasionally I asked to bring along a savory item or appetizer to share at someone’s party. Meatballs are always a welcome addition appetizer to any party […]

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Sponsored Post: Herbes de Provence Roasted Turkey

November 3, 2015

This Herbes de Provence Roasted Turkey is moist and succulent because I roast the turkey upside down first! My partner is a man in love with turkey. We usually only have it once or twice year for the holidays, but if it was up to him, we would be having it year round. Roasting a […]

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Sponsored Post: Apple Cobbler with Pumpkin Biscuits!

November 2, 2015

This apple cobbler with pumpkin biscuits has luscious apples and dried cranberries with a pumpkin pie spiced pumpkin biscuit topping! I’m a huge fan of cobblers, mostly because they are less fussy than pies and they can serve a large crowd of folks. I opted to fully embrace fall by not only making an apple […]

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NaBloPoMo 2015

November 1, 2015

Oh no! What have I done? Last November I was crazy hectic in my life, but this year, I decided to commit to publishing a blog post every single day in November! Yes, I’m doing NaBloPoMo once again folks! For those who don’t know, NaBloPoMo is National Blog Post Month. I participated in it back […]

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Roasted Green beans with Dried Cranberries and Sliced Almonds

October 26, 2015

This Roasted Green Beans recipe has dried cranberries and sliced almonds. It’s a super tasty, easy and fast side dish that anyone can make! “Can you make sure to get a vegetable for dinner?” asked AJ. This request seemed unusual coming from him, as he’s usually a fairly meat-centric sort of person but lately it […]

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How to Use The List App (ie. what is The List App?)

October 19, 2015

If you are curious as to what is The List App or how to use The List App, the new social media network by B.J. Novak, read this tutorial! For the past 9 months I’ve been obsessed over a social media network that was private and only available to a select few by invite. The […]

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SPONSORED POST: Lobster Newburg Crepe

October 15, 2015

The New York Wine & Food Festival is happening mid-October and though I’m sad I won’t be able to attend it, I was thrilled when Anolon asked me to create a crepe recipe inspired by the grand city of New York. Though New York has a multitude of different signature dishes (blackout cake! pastrami sandwiches! […]

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls with Pecans and Cream Cheese Frosting

October 12, 2015

“Is it ever Fall weather there in San Francisco?” asked my sister on our weekly conference call with the family. Every Sunday my parents and siblings get on the phone to catch up with everyone else. As usual, weather was a topic, and it turns out that the east coast was cooling off as per […]

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