Snickerdoodle Blondies

Clearly, visitors to The Happy Home have noticed that I'm on a brownie kick right now. The Mint Swirl brownies were absolutely fabulous, so were the Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting. But what if you *gasp*-- don't like chocolate?...more
The perfect after school treat! They look delicious!more

Meatless Monday: Greek Baked Potatoes

I’m having issues with naming this recipe.  None of my modifiers seem to work. The noun is the potato.  It’ has one definite modifier– they are baked potatoes. But then how to describe how they’re stuffed? I could say, “Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives, and Green Onions.”  But the editrix in me thinks that’s too long. Then, I could say “Greek Stuffed Potatoes.”  But they’re not stuffed with Greeks.  That’d be cannibalism....more

Yum! Those Greek Roasted Feta Potatoes look delish!

I guess there must be a Greek theme to ...more

Local Travel: Santa Barbara & Los Olivos

Did you know that ALL 50 states grow wine?  (According to this article on TIME, North Dakota was the last holdout, who gave in in 2002.) There are signs in Connecticut, my home state, that advertise the Connecticut Wine Trail.  It links together the 10 or so wine producing farms in the tiny state.  (Most of the wine is fruit wine, made from raspberries and strawberries and the like.)...more

Pumpkin-Shaped Sugar Cookies

Halloween was always my favorite holiday as a kid.  Since my birthday is 12/22, I always sort of had some competition with Christmas.  And besides, no other holiday lets you dress up in wacky costumes-- or eat as much junk food!...more

that cookie cutter is going to get a huge workout! i'm thinking gifts are going to start ...more

Meatless Monday: Spectacular Succotash

I have an extreme love for lima beans.  I love the texture, I love their taste.  I love how big and gorgeous they are!  Thankfully, my boyfriend tolerates them.  So I decided to make a sort of succotash for dinner....more

Meatless Monday: Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Quick Marinara

When we first started dating, I floored my boyfriend by serving him spaghetti squash.  Ever since then, he’s been really keen to make it again.  This is our recipe for our second go at spaghetti squash!...more

thanks! the wine totally added a nice spice to the sauce. and it perked up the earthy notes in ...more

Mushroom Month & Meatless Monday: Mushroom Stroganoff

We were so excited to get our Cuisinart dutch oven last week that we decided to make a nice and hearty Saturday night dinner this past weekend....more

Yellow Cupcakes with Fluffy Chocolate Cream Filling

I asked my boyfriend, David, if he wanted me to bake a cake for Football Sunday.  Maybe something with a Dallas Cowboys theme?He responded, “We don’t need anything that…lame.”Ok, well then.  I was looking forward to it, but he asked for cupcakes instead....more

Loved your blog! Men are a pushover for cake!

If you ever need a really elegant but easy ...more

Cocktail Blogging: Prickly Pear Caipirinha

Last week, I got to have lunch at the new Richard Sandoval restaurant in Santa Monica, Zengo.  While the food menu was lookin' good, the cocktail menu was outstanding!...more

Fall Food: White Bean Soup with Spinach and Meatless Chicken

As I write this, it’s 65-ish degrees here in Los Angeles.  It's soup weather!...more