Springerle Cookies

  As another year draws to a close, I send to you my warmest, fondest wishes for a Merry Christmas full of blessings, joy, love and a bright and prosperous 2014! This year I couldn’t think of a more fitting Christmas recipe to share than these Springerle cookies.  Having an affinity for old recipes with […]

Macarons with Chocolate-Chambord Ganache (French Meringue Method)

  Earlier this year I attended a macaron class at Sur La Table.  Next only to tackling homemade fresh pasta and yeast bread, the French sandwich cookies rounded out the “big three” of my to-conquer list in the kitchen.  The more I read about them–how challenging they can be and how many variables could affect […]

Ricciarelli: Almond Paste Cookies

  I can’t remember the last time, if ever, I strolled down Half Moon Bay’s Main Street.  In recent years I’ve popped into the Ritz Carlton on the cliffs, have had the occasional lunch near the beach and visited one of the two large nurseries to pick up ceramic flower pots for my backyard but […]

Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears

  My bedroom in my childhood San Francisco home was situated in front of the house.  My middle sister and I shared an adjoining bathroom while my youngest sister’s bedroom was on the opposite end, next to my parents’ bedroom.  It was not uncommon when I was in junior high school to see kids sitting […]

Espresso Bourbon Brownies with Toblerone Chunks

  For a household that relies almost exclusively on wine for libation, we have a liquor cabinet that is filled to capacity.  Rum, brandy, vodka, whiskey and a variety of liqueurs–all opened, in varying degrees of almost-full.  What is the shelf life of alcohol anyway?  Opened bottles of wine certainly never last long around here […]

Sangria Pops

  Today is the five-week anniversary of my husband’s cycling accident.  He’s come a long way from being able to walk only a few steps at a time to walking a couple of miles with me.  Last week we set a goal for him to be able to walk six miles by the end of […]

Cantaloupe Popsicles

  After a few unusually wet days here in northern California summer has returned.  You’ve heard me blah, blah, blah about what a dry winter season we had this year so I won’t drone on.  I will say, though, that I didn’t mind the dampness and overcast skies at all.  I made a big pot […]

Fig Bars

    Nabisco’s Fig Newtons were my introduction to figs.  They were my favorite sweet treat from the grocery store as a child and I could easily eat half the package in one sitting; the other half wouldn’t last long after.  I don’t remember my sisters ever being as fond of them as I was […]