Cherry-Almond Cake

  I parked myself on a bistro table and enjoyed a leisurely lunch of a salad, a baguette and an iced tea.  I was so happy to be seated outside the European bakery in Santana Row on a gorgeous sunny day like today as I toggled my attention between my Kindle and the people walking […]

Coconut Lime Bars

  It’s been 48 hours since my return from Los Cabos, Mexico.  I spent a week lounging, reading, watching the waves and (occasionally) drinking a frozen margarita poolside on the south end of Baja California.  Between swimming and reading I took pictures, lots of pictures.  As usual, organizing them is the part that takes time […]

Strawberry-Peach Frozen Yogurt

  I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief tonight.  After a few months of one problem after another on the back-end of this blog, everything is getting back to normal and L&A even got a makeover!  Do you like it?  The home page has the image gallery layout that I’ve always really liked and the […]

Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have decided that I will not be growing tomatoes again this year.  I never got around to planning for an enclosure that would protect the tomato plants from the resident deer.  The population seems to grow each year and somehow our yard has been chosen as the place to put down roots.  If […]

Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

  There’s something about putting together a chocolate dessert that is so satisfying (lemon desserts, too, for that matter).  For Easter lunch with my family I was asked to bring something sweet.  A cake is what first came to mind but a few days before Easter I picked up my iPad and flipped through old […]

Chocolate-Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

  My stove has been doing the strangest thing for the last couple of years.  When the range is warm from the oven or broiler being used, I can’t use the low setting of my front burners without the igniter clicking incessantly.  Over time, I’ve figured out that If I turn on one of the […]

Chocolate Caramel Blueberry Trifle

  Though I generally lean towards simple, classic foods, putting a twist on an old favorite can be a treat for the taste buds, too.  I’ve shared quite a few recipes here that I’ve left my mark on by putting what some might consider an unusual spin or two–but mostly, they’ve been well received.  I’ve […]

Vanilla Lemon Swirl Bars

  During a quick visit to Anthropologie last week I picked up a cookbook dedicated to vanilla recipes.  Of the two camps, vanilla and chocolate, I have always been loyal to the latter but lately I’ve found myself craving vanilla flavors.  I believe that part of my aversion to vanilla as a child  was because […]