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 […]

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 […]

EnrichLA: Tasting Apples with My Students

I can’t believe it’s already two weeks until school ends. On June 5th, my contract with EnrichLA that began in January will be end, leaving me with nothing better to do than enjoy a beautiful two-month summer vacay in sunny and beach-breezy Los Angeles where Cobalt and I have resided since October. Praise God, I did […]