Caramel Chocolitas


As the holidays grow near I find myself yearning for all things holiday (like being off work, food and Christmas cookies). I go back and forth between being very festive and not festive at all. This year I’m feeling festive. Which means I will take the holiday by storm with food. For some people, Black…

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats


It’s been hot here in Southern California considering it’s nearly the end of October. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast on a hot California morning is a nice cool jar of overnight oats. I think we can all agree that peanut butter and banana are pretty amazing together. This is probably the…

Red Velvet Funfetti Seven Layer Bars


I am a red velvet lover. I love anything red velvet. I also happen to love seven layer bars. I adore them. So when I came across a recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction for seven layer bars made with a red velvet base I decided I must try it immediately because seriously – why hadn’t I…

Farm Cookies


Nope. You don’t need to live on a farm to make or eat these cookies.

Triple Layer Cheesecake, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie


Even though I gave my dad first dibs at choosing the Thanksgiving menu this year, he allowed me to choose the dessert. Mainly because he knows how much I love dessert but also because I would have to make it. Neither of us overly like pumpkin pie, but it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving unless you…

Sweet Potato Cookie Dough Bites


I said to my coworkers the other day that I’m so obsessed with making “cookie dough” bites that I would like to turn them into a food movement. Like cupcakes became a movement. Or food trucks. I will talk about cookie dough bites with anyone who will listen. Luckily my coworkers humor my talk and…

Pumpkin Superfood Cookie Dough Bites


I love the fall. It’s my favorite time of year; it always has been. Here in Southern California you don’t necessarily know it’s fall by the weather, though this year has started out way more fall-like than it did last year (it was in the 80’s through Thanksgiving last year – this may not sound…

Superfood Nut Butter


I’ve been creating my own superfood-infused nut butter for a while now. I got the idea from Trader Joe’s. They sell a really yummy peanut butter with chia and flax seeds. So what I’ve been doing is mixing almond butter with natural peanut butter (ratio of 1:1) and adding hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax…

Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers


I have to say that after creating my superfood-spiked morning oatmeal I have begun feeling inspired to create other meals using said superfoods. One of the biggest challenges I seem to face when trying to overhaul my normal diet (of hot chocolate, cookies and cake) is that I cannot seem to get enough fiber into…

German Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache


I noticed when I began melting some butter for this cake that I had two different boxes of German chocolate in my possession. Oh it was the same kind of chocolate — the kind I needed for my cake — it was just that on the back of one was a recipe for German chocolate…

Triple Chocolate Cookies


A friend once asked me how I know so much about cooking and baking. I can’t remember what I told her at the time, but as I was attempting to bake these cookies today I realized the answer: trial and error. I do. Or I try anyway. And I learn from my mistakes. Isn’t that…

Candied Walnuts


I had a bit of a struggle with this recipe in that I couldn’t get an even distribution of sauce on the nuts. I used an additional tablespoon of butter, which may or may not have thrown the recipe all out of whack. Either way, the walnuts were not coated all that well before I…

Oat and Quinoa Pancakes {vegan}


The other day my mostly vegan friend Julie asked me if I had ever made an eggless oatmeal pancake. The answer was no. I’m never really prompted to eat vegan food on my own. I normally need to be inspired by Julie or vegan food bloggers before I take the plunge into a vegan meal….

Roasted Chipotle Pumpkin Seeds


I have to admit it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed some freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. So long that I can’t actually remember the last time I had them, though possibly it was 2007 – which was the last year I remember carving attempting to carve a pumpkin. This year I’m into pureeing my…

Parsley Pecan Pesto Sauce


Before planting my garden, I should have taken stock of what already existed. I got a small Italian parsley plant (amongst other herbs and vegetables) and when I brought it home, I discovered that one of the raised beds (one I wasn’t planning on using) was overtaken by an out of control Italian parsley plant….

English Toffee


Every year right before Christmas (well – for the past two years that I can remember) the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel posts the results of their holiday cookie contest. The top recipes are listed in a couple-page spread along with pictures of the winning treats. My grandma always sends me these recipes. I can usually scam a…

Spicy Roasted Almonds


The holidays always seem like a good time to roast some nuts. (Or is it just me?) When my dad my left my house to fly back home, he left me with a large package of raw almonds from Trader Joe’s. I like nuts of any kind and I especially like them when they’re roasted,…

Best Happiness Cookies


This recipe is adapted from a recipe that my grandma clipped from the Croatian newspaper. No, this is not a traditional Croatian cookie. I’m sure it’s American. At best, Croatian-American. But any cookie that has coconut in it is OK in my book. Plus I liked the name of the cookie. Who doesn’t want a…

Gorilla Bread


This morning my mom hosted my dad’s side of the family as well as my grandma (her mom) for breakfast. The kitchen table was laden with waffles, strawberries, pancakes, eggs, sausage, Blender Breakfast and this dessert bread, which my aunt (my mom’s sister) introduced to the family years ago. ingredients. 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3…