Bakery

Cherries, Zest, and Ricotta

cherries and ricotta

  The shortest recipe I’ve ever posted! All this recipe requires is your desire to buy some irresistible fresh cherries, one orange and a tub of ricotta. Mix everything except ricotta an hour ahead of time and there you have…

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

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Oh the bountiful supply of summer produce and fruits! I found these beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market and knew that I had to showcase them somehow. A galette is easy to make and so pretty to look at. Galettes belong…

Cherry Clafoutis

cherry clafoutis

Kla-foo-tee! Kla-foo-tee! Kla-foo-tee! Doesn’t the word clafoutis sound like it’s from a tribal chant? I liked the word so much I had to make one. The main reason I made a clafoutis is because today is National Cherry Tart Day!…

The S’mores Dip You Can’t Live Without

smores

This could be the best thing ever. No. this is the best thing ever. I am a huge dip fan. I love artichoke dips, cheese dips, seven layer bean dips, smoked salmon dips… the list goes on. But a s’mores dip??? Oh my! Melted chocolate and…

Salt Air’s Copycat Pea Toasts

Pea toast

Salt Air is a “beach bistro” on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California. The small restaurant has a great vibe, serving up some great dishes; classic and well prepared. Our waitress raved about their pea toast and told us that the…

Heavenly Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread

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As a cheesecake addict, I couldn’t resist making this custardy looking banana bread I saw on Pinterest. It turned out exactly the way I dreamed that it would. A more moist and sweeter version of the classic banana bread, this banana bread…

Meyer Lemon Upside Down Cake

lemon cake

I saw this recipe on Sunset magazine and just had to make it, immediately. It’s a moist and crumbly cake made out of both flour and cornmeal. The Meyer lemon slices absorbed the butter and brown sugar from the cake during…

Sweet and Salty Tahini Crumbles

tahini cookies

The weather has been so pleasant here, with a constant mild breeze and just the right amount of sun. I’ve never been much for warm weather, but when it comes to winter in LA, the weather is perfect at 65 degrees. After…

Day at the Apple Orchards

Apple Galette

I went apple-picking for the first time over the weekend and with all the delicious, perfect-looking apples, I made a country apple galette, with fresh apple slices, cinnamon, cheese, honey, and a flaky homemade crust.  Fall is a wonderful time of…