Brown Sugar Pie

Yeah… Brown. Sugar. Pie. I LOVE brown sugar. If there’s a way to use it instead of other sweeteners, chances are, I’m doing that. I use it in my coffee and in my cocktails, I prefer it to other options for uses such as sweetening the tomatoes for My Bruschetta as well.  And then there’s butter… you…

Fiery Bourbon Apple

It’s the first day of fall. The leaves are changing, the sky is grey and there’s a hint of the blustery winds that indicate that winter is just around the corner… screech to a grinding halt! I live in LA where it will be a bright and shiny 85 degrees today. Man, do I miss…

BOTOX, Boob Jobs and Bullsh!#… Oh My!

She peers into a hand held mirror to freshen up her pale peach lipstick. She squints her eyes and suddenly a frown appears where a smile had been just seconds before. “I need an eye lift… and while he’s at it, maybe I should get my boobs done again, I hate them.” This girl, my…

Hot Sauce: A journey into fermentation

I absolutely LOVED the Michael Polan series, Cooked. I mean, this dude GETS it. He’s got an amazingly pragmatic outlook on food, he’s terribly smart and not hard to look at either! (Yes, I have a thing for intellectual nerd types). If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor and get on it….

Bruschetta¬†(Bru’sketta)

I love bruschetta. Sometimes I make a big batch and eat it for dinner multiple nights in a row. This, obviously, is a product of having a husband who tours a lot… And frozen pizza for the kids is easy AF (I’ll be over here accepting my “Mother of the Year award shortly). Traditionally, bruschetta…

The Swearing Mom on Podcast Stockton

I was honored to be interviewed on Podcast Stockton. My friends, Matt Beckwith and Greg Bahr are both involved with this Podcast which features Matt as the interviewer and Susan Spraecher as his co-host. They feature Stocktonians with interesting stories and careers and even though I am no longer living in Stockton, I will always…

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…