Bakery

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

banana cream cheese cake2

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…

Fall Favorite: Easy Pumpkin Bundt

Pumpkin Bundt

Here is a simple recipe for a pumpkin bundt cake. This pumpkin cake is moist and not too sweet so it is best serving it at breakfast with some jam/honey or for dessert with some ice cream. Enjoy! PrintFall Favorite:…

Spring Pea and Mint Frittata

pea and yogurt frittata

A frittata doesn’t have to be heavy with bacon and cheese. It can be fluffy with Greek yogurt and fresh with peas and mint leaves, like this one. So easy and so delicious for breakfast or as a side! PrintSpring…

Easy No-Boil Mac and Cheese

no boil mac and cheese

No-boil mac and cheese is a very simple concept – cover the macaroni with enough sauce that it cooks itself while it’s baking. Isn’t that brilliant? It also makes the mac and cheese more flavorful and “baked” tasting. Give it…

100 Years of Jam Making in Sierra Madre

apple butter sandwich

My friend Nic told me about a jam maker in Sierra Madre, California, and we decided to go visit his orchard and jam factory. They give free tours every Saturday. For over 100 years, E. Waldo Ward & Son has been making marmalade,…