Banana Poppyseed Muffins

This post contains affiliated links. That means if you click on the link, Amazon will compensate me for each click and/or purchase made. Please consider supporting this blog by checking out (pun intended) the cookbook that I am endorsing. Thank you! Usually during the week I’m not very hungry for breakfast, probably because I’m a […]

Homemade, Barely Knead, Dutch Oven Bread

Before we moved to Los Angeles from Tennessee in October 2014, Cobalt and I had to minimize our packing drastically in order to avoid using a moving van (we succeeded, praise God!). Some of the things we gave away or sold were even gifts from our wedding two years prior. I was a little sad but knew this stuff was […]

Butternut Pumpkin Pie

Just a few weeks ago, I harvested a HUGE butternut squash at one of my school gardens. Personally, I’m not much of a fan of winter squashes. They have a sweetness that I don’t like to associate with what should be savory foods (same reason I don’t like sweet potatoes). But I know I need […]

Garden Pesto!

I have the wonderful opportunity to be working once again this year with EnrichLA – a nonprofit in the heart of Los Angeles that builds & cultivates gardens and educates students about how food grows, what it tastes like and what kinds of critters that live in them. My role as a Garden Ranger is […]

Buttermilk Biscuits

I have a love-hate relationship with mornings.   You see, I like the idea of waking up bright & early to get things done. And certainly I’ve enjoyed many productive days all because I woke up early. But I never seem to enjoy the waking UP process… I especially loathe alarm clocks. Who wants to wake […]

Lemon Curd

Lemons. The joy on a hot, sweaty day in the form of a glass of sour-sweet water. The delectableness of zesty cookies. The extra zing in a low country boil. The happy yellow of a subtle rind garnish. The refreshing scent in a reviving candle. Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits, used in foods […]

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender is such a beautiful flower. I love seeing it grow in Los Angeles because it brings color to the brown and crunchy landscapes. Soon after moving here, my roommate and I bought a small lavender plant and added it to our front lawn. Since, it’s been flourishing fabulously and has grown 4 times it’s […]

Rosemary & Lemon Butter Cookies

Today was my last day teaching garden classes before summer starts. What better way to close the fun-filled year than to make sweets with one’s students? ;-) The idea for this lesson was to introduce some unique & easy recipes using ingredients from the kids’ garden. One of my students suggested cookies. At first, I was slightly […]

Caramel Apple Muffins

You guys already know the story of how I learned to cook: from my dear mother. She’s never liked cooking but boy! can she make a heart-warming pot of Sunday Spaghetti, a melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, and the most delectable Homemade Honey Wheat Bread. I’ve attempted to re-create her recipes and apparently cannot reach the Yoda level that […]