Chocolate Pound Cake

  A few years ago I discovered my neighborhood used book store.  It’s a not-so-tiny-but-still-cozy place with a steady stream of previously-loved books flowing in.  I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that it would be a wonderful source for old cookbooks–maybe I feared that I’d hurt the nice UPS man’s […]

Chocolate Almond Torte with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

  My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend.  In keeping with tradition, we spent it quietly–no party, no other people; we didn’t even spend the day at the beach, his usual preference.  Instead, we spent most of the day at home, enjoyed being free from obligations and allowed me time to make a little […]

Apricot-Raspberry Bars

  After five days of being home jet lag’s grip is finally weakening.  I consider it a success to have resisted going to bed at 6 pm but rather, making it until 8 pm and not getting up until 6:30 this morning.  As much as I missed cooking it took the better part of the […]

Cinnamon Apple Cake

  It’s been a little quiet around here but I promise, my normal blogging schedule will resume soon.  I’ve been busy–walking, eating, sightseeing; in short, delighting my senses away from home.  I am looking forward to sharing the highlights with you when I return but if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook (links on […]

Vanilla-Brownie Ice Cream

  My husband said to me just recently, “You are obsessed with food”. Really? It’s actually no recent revelation on his part.  I must have been going on and on about food…again.  We are currently on a trip; my senses are alight from the sights, smells, sounds but my taste buds are the most lit […]

Fresh Blueberry Mini Tarts

    Today was supposed to be a Silent Sunday post but I was too giddy with excitement about sharing this recipe to let it wait another day.  Besides, I plan to publish the first installment of my Local Spotlight series this week and it will be image-heavy so I thought you wouldn’t mind.  There’s […]

Apricot Frozen Yogurt: Guest Post for Dinners Dishes and Desserts

  As I type, I am sipping my morning tea and enjoying unobstructed views of Mt. Baldy in Sun Valley, Idaho.  The quaint little town is slowly waking up–locals and visitors alike are dressed in trek or fishing gear.  First on the agenda for some of us was to line up at the local coffee […]

Pistachio Gelato

  My travel companions and I had finally made it three quarters of the way around Sardinia, having started in Alghero on the northwest and choosing a counterclockwise route around the island.  Our two-week trip would end on the north in Costa Smeralda but we had one more stop before reaching the high-end resort town. […]