Spiced Peach Pop Tarts with Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel

Spiced Peach Pop Tarts with Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel

Memorial Day is over, and summer is officially upon us.  This means that I turn into the crazy peach lady at Trader Joe’s, buying 2–sometimes 3–flats of their juicy California peaches at a time. Three whole flats of peaches?  Yes.  Trust me, I have no problem finishing them, without the help of Gigi or Eric: I put them into my morning smoothie, which I prefer

Spiced Apple Zucchini Bread

Spiced Apple-Zucchini Bread

During the summer, we’re very fortunate to live just a few short blocks from the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Jackson Hole.  Every week, we head up early, grab some coffee, and make our way around the square to see what catches our eyes. Last year, this caught my eye.  It would have probably caught your eye, too.  It was hard to miss: In the event

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Gingersnaps

Chewy Chocolate-Chunk Gingersnap Cookies

Ginger is usually thought of as a “holiday spice”: gingerbread houses, pumpkin-spice anything, sweet potato side dishes, etc. In my house, ginger is an “every day spice”:  Ground ginger goes into my morning latte to add an extra kick.  Fresh ginger is tossed into stir-fries.  Fresh and ground ginger are prominently featured in my favorite roasted butternut squash soup (which I have been known to eat for lunch

Coconut Custard Tart with Toasted Almond Crust

Coconut Custard Tart in a Toasted Almond Crust

JUST under the wire.  JUST in time for Easter.  I’ve created a beautiful spring-inspired, crowd-pleasing sweet finale for your holiday meal: A rich and creamy Coconut Custard Tart with a Toasted Almond Crust. Boom. Here’s the thing:  I love  pie.  You know that I love pie.  I wrote a cookbook that contains 175 different pie recipes, something that simply cannot be done unless you have a true passion for

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herb Crusts

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herbed Crusts

It’s a chilly 66 degrees in Las Vegas, today.   You think that I’m kidding, but our weatherman actually told us to “brace ourselves” and “grab a sweater” before we headed out the door this morning.  Maybe that’s because, only yesterday, we were basking in the mid-80s sunshine, but still……. We’re a strong city.  I think we’ll pull through it. Whether your version of “chilly” weather comes

Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

We always have bananas in our fruit bowl.  Gigi loves to eat  her “nanas” in the morning while catching up with Curious George.  I toss one into my breakfast smoothie along with frozen strawberries, almond butter and whatever else sounds good at the time.   When my family is visiting, my dad takes at least 2 with him to snack on at the casino (or, as we

Cinnamon-Raisin English Muffins

Cinnamon-Raisin Roll English Muffins

I’m never buying English muffins from the grocery store, again.  After making this recipe four times in two weeks, tweaking it here and there along the way, why would I?  The store-bought versions don’t hold a nook or a cranny to these crisp-on-the-outside, soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside homemade ones.  They’ve even enabled me to convince my husband, Mr. “I don’t eat breakfast,” to take a freshly-toasted-and-buttered muffin along with

Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Icing

Dark Chocolate Peppermint-Iced Holiday Cookies

Hi, everyone!  Happy holidays!  Like most food bloggers, my month of December turns into one long baking and cooking marathon . If you’re looking for me this month, I am likely in the kitchen, sprinting around the grocery store like a contestant on “Supermarket Sweep” (don’t you miss that show and its ridiculous 5-pound blocks of cheese?), or running around the house, trying to prevent a certain

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal from The 8X8 Cookbook

  It’s officially fall.   This means that, for the next 6 months, it’s also officially Casserole Season: holiday potlucks, visitors, and hearty meals for cold weather and over-scheduled families. Fortunately, my talented and very smart friend Kathy has come up with the answer to all of your What-casserole-am-I-going-to-make-next? dilemmas: The 8X8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners, Desserts and More — In One Perfect 8X8

Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad

Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad

This past May, my mom and I took a weeklong trip to Paris, and it was delicious. As you can imagine, most of the trip revolved around eating, from our pastry making class to our food tour of Le Marais (cheese, charcuterie and chocolate, oh my!), to my daily morning trek in search of the perfect croissant……which I finally found three miles from our rented apartment. Oh yeah.  I