Chocolate Banana Bread

B-A-N-A-N-A-S! I always seem to have a few brown bananas sitting in my kitchen. Most of the time they end up in the trash bin, but not today. I combined ripe bananas with cocoa powder for a delectable quick bread. With a moist crumb and chocolate chip topping you can’t go wrong. Over the years…

Sour Cherry Crisp

“Well, summer came along and it then was gone and so was she…” Those lyrics are from one of my longtime favorite singers; Jack Johnson. His music has a laid back summer vibe, but his lyrics are deep and introspective. The title of the song is “Dreams be Dreams”. He sings, Don’t let your dreams…

Watermelon Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods; carbs and cheese are my love language. However, I have been a bit more mindful about my indulgences and decided to try fruit pizza. Watermelon is synonymous with summer and it’s the perfect treat for Independence Day. Melon is refreshing and juicy and makes a great base for…

Meyer Lemon Tart

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. Tart and bright, it brings so much to any dish. Citrus is in season and to beat the winter doldrums, I made a tart. My grocery store is loaded with bags of Meyer lemons. A Meyer lemon is thought to be a cross between a mandarin orange and…

Muddy Buddies

Growing up my mom would make this snack mix, but it was called “Puppy Chow”, based on it resembling dog kibble. Fast forward to the new millennium and Chex cereal dubbed it Muddy Buddies. Chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar come together for a crunchy sweet mix. Put out a bowl for Santa, instead of…

Candied Pecans

I’m the weirdo who doesn’t like nuts in my baked goods. Walnuts in brownies? Yuck! However, I love to eat them plain (salted or sugared). These pecans are tossed in two varieties of sugar and cinnamon and then toasted low and slow. They are addicting and I enjoy eating them by the handful. Gift baskets…

Pumpkin Pie

“But their eyes got filmy, watery, misty when we handed them a slice of pie. Pie was memory. Nostalgia. Pie made people recall simpler, maybe happier times.” -Judith Fertig Food is wrapped up in memories; it has the power to bring you back to a moment in time where your senses go into overdrive. When…

Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

I think any time is right for pie, but Thanksgiving is the quintessential occasion for it. There is something comforting about pie- perhaps it’s the time and effort poured in. You can imagine the work it took to create such a fine dessert. Fall produce are abundant and I thought apple and cranberry would pair…

Pear + Cranberry GaletteĀ 

Fresh pie is one of the greatest treats out there. It utilizes seasonal fruits and when you make a rustic crust, it comes together quickly and looks like a show stopper. You can opt to make your own crust or purchase premade. I do whatever’s convenient in the moment.  The sweet pears combine with the…

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze

The past few days have felt more like August than October, but we won’t let that interrupt our fall vibes. Pumpkin flavors are still taking over my kitchen, like these pumpkin scones. This recipe calls for a little less sugar in the scone mix, therefore we top them with a double glaze to give it…