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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Date & Oatmeal Spice Cookies

I’m a sucker for modifying recipes. It’s both a bad habit and an adventure. I suppose I get easily tired of consistency and predictability? A trait I find ironic, considering my need for structure… Anyway, these cookies came from modifying an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe from the back of my Kroger Oatmeal Box. But so […]

Ooey Gooey Blonde Brownies

When I was little, my mom used to make the best cookie cakes for me and my siblings’ birthdays. We’d always suggest it over boring cake because…well…cake is boring! Haha, I’m not hating on cake—I love me some Red Velvet and Buttermilk Chocolate Ganache Cake—but seriously, her giant cookies were the bomb… Anyway, Mom not […]

Easy Cherry Hand Pies

I don’t know about you but I happen to love fruit pie for breakfast. Paired with a scrambled egg and a glass of milk, a piece of pie makes a pretty hearty first meal of the day. You can argue the high sugar content, yes. But everything in moderation, right? And actually, these mini pies […]

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Autumn has been upon us for a month now… Yet Los Angeles does not feel a bit like crisp, crunchy leaves or pumpkin spice lattes… Just the other day Cobalt and I visited the beach to enjoy the sunny blue skies and cool breezes. I doubt anyone out East where we moved from is doing that […]