The St. Herbivore Cocktail

This might be the most complex and sophisticated cocktail that I have made to date. I read an article about herbaceous gins and kept thinking about one in particular called St. George. An extremely botanical gin, St. George Botanivore is made with everything but the kitchen sink! I would have an easier time listing what’s…

Prep-Ahead Breakfast Sanwiches

We were grocery shopping and my oldest, Cosmo, pointed out these frozen breakfast sandwiches. “Can we get these? I’m sick of oatmeal.” For a moment, I considered this but then I looked at the ingredients (egg product?) and then I looked at the price! So… no. I consoled him with the idea that we could…

Plum-side down cake

If you follow me, you may have noticed that I really enjoy an upside down cake… I’ve done fig, apricot, kumquat and now plum! There is something so amazing about that brown sugar and butter melding with the fruit and seeping up into that cake! I can’t even deal with this! Plums were a natural…

Quick and Easy Veggie Pasta

School’s back in session and we are all scrambling to handle things… ALL the things. We often sacrifice eating well for convenience in times like these, when what we really need is good food to fuel us through our busiest times. So, let me get right to the point. I make this dish pretty often….

Honey Bourbon Lemonade

Yeah, you read that right! Honey+Bourbon+Lemon=a southern sunset on a porch swing! Ok, I haven’t actually spent time in The South (unless you count SoCal!) but this is how I would imagine it! I love bourbon, obviously, and I LOVE honey. Especially this spun raw honey that I’ve been getting lately. I could just eat…

Muffuletta My Way

One of the perks of living in the greater Los Angeles area is that we are a destination… Well, we’re near the destinations, anyway. Recently I was graced with the presence of a childhood friend, Michelle and her son Ryan. They were on their way to Carlsbad where they were going to wrap up their…

World’s Best Cookies… Because my mom said so.

My mom has been making these cookies for years. She’s not a prolific baker by any means but these are her “go to”. They are completely delicious, so that’s a good thing! She got the recipe from one of the moms in my choir booster club and they’ve been “the cookie” ever since. What makes…

Tomato Corn Pie and a Bohemian Affair

These “pop up” house concerts are very popular right now. Maybe they’ve always been? I seem to be seeing quite a few these days. We were invited to one in Venice this weekend and it was lovely. It was a smallish house that was unassuming from the front but was an absolute burst of color,…

Dark Rum Punch

My girlfriend’s father and sister are visiting from France and I was extremely excited to visit with them! I mean, when one of your best girl’s family travels over land and sea, you’ve gotta celebrate, right? Right! We started with a fantastic day at the beach where we went to beat the heat that was…

If at first you don’t succeed… Get off your fat @$$.

When I moved to Southern California I lost nearly 60 pounds. Let that sink in… 60. That’s more than my five year old weighs… and I lost it. I was heavy. I am perfectly aware of the right way to lose weight. I did it the right way. Somehow, somewhere along the line, I lost…

Hard Cherry Limeade

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my love for cherries before. If not… I freaking LOVE cherries! I decided to do a refreshing take on a summer classic, Cherry Limeade. You can make this bevy any time of the year since frozen cherries are readily available in most groceries. However, if you’ve got fresh cherries, the…

Brittle Chip Cookies

A childhood friend of mine is about to explode into the retail market with his artisan brittle. The flavors are completely unique and the brittle itself has the perfect nut to candy ratio and Buttery crunch that makes a good brittle good. I was particularly inspired by his Mexican Hot Chocolate inspired brittle, brittle.cinn. Their…