Spring Cookies – The perfectly flaky picnic treat!

It’s Friday, Spring, (yay!), and I accomplished the following things: Spent more time in the kitchen than I have in a while (be on the lookout for more recipes soon!) Turned a neglected piece of land into a (potentially) thriving vegetable garden. Slept for more than 7 hours in one night. And watched (again) obscene

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Gingerbread

’Tis the season for cookies, cookies, and more cookies. And is there a cookie that epitomizes the holiday season more than gingerbread?? Even if it’s not your favorite cookie, you have to admit that it’s difficult to refuse those spicy-sweet treats this time of year. Whether you make gingerbread people or go all out with a

Whiskey and Browned Butter Pecan Pie

I may have said it before, but one of the reasons I grew up wanting to be a chef was because of the memory-triggering power of food. One bite of a favorite food and you’re instantly transported to your childhood, your first date with your husband or wife, the first Thanksgiving you ever cooked yourself,

“Peanut Butter and Jelly” Crème Brûlée

One of my favorite ways of finding inspiration for new recipes is taking classic, well-known foods and turning them into something unexpected. There are so many wonderful flavors out there, and even though the culinary world is growing faster than you can imagine, sometimes tried and true recipes are even better than the most elaborate or

(The Best) Chocolate Chip Cookies

After my daughter was born I made it a goal of mine to perfect a bunch of classic recipes that I can share with her when she is older. I am determined to have the best pancake recipe for those early Sunday mornings when she and I are the only two people up. I want to send her to

Pumpkin Butter

As of yesterday, it is officially fall… which means it’s officially pumpkin season! And while the thermometer outside our Northern California home suggests otherwise, I’m ready to gear up for sweater weather and warm spices. One culinary must of mine at the beginning of the season is making pumpkin butter. It’s super easy to make, lasts for weeks