Chocolate Snowballs

One of my favorite holiday cookies are polvorones.  I love how the buttery shortbread engulfed in powdery sugar just melts in your mouth.  It's no wonder that these cookies make their way onto the Christmas cookie tray every year.  They are easy to make and usually one batch of dough yields 2 or 3 dozen cookies so there's still plenty to put on the tray after you've nibbled here and there....more

Mookie's Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding

My dog, Mookie, inspired this week's dish.  A couple weeks ago, I went to The Bread Basket in Camarillo and splurged on a pumpkin cranberry muffin to eat the next morning for breakfast.  I woke up bright and early and got busy with my morning routine: walk the dogs, feed the dogs, get ready for work, etc.  When I had finished all that, I was finally ready to eat!  I put the muffin in the microwave for 10 seconds, just to warm it up slightly, poured myself a mug of steamed soymilk and sat down to watch a little TV bef...more

Holiday biscotti

Christmas is upon us.  I pulled out the decorations from the garage and got into the holiday spirit.  I decorated the tree, hung the doggie's stockings, and baked up a batch of holiday biscotti.  With green pistachios and red cranberries, these cookies quickly got me in a festive mood!...more

Dahling... I'm ready for my close-up

I am admittedly one of those people that dress their dogs up and take pictures.  If they were "humans", I would totally show these pictures later in life to their prom date or future spouse.  So, it comes as no surprise that I also take them to have their picture with Santa and the Easter bunny.  And that was how I met my friend, Sharon Hardy of Sweet Potato Pet Photography....more

Not your typical PB&J

I have always liked peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches.  When I travel, they are my go-to carry-on meals because they're easy to make, easy to stuff into my purse and aren't perishable.  I remember one trip to Italy with my sister, her then-boyfriend-now-husband, and another friend of ours, we got in late to our lodging and all the restaurants were closed.  I pulled out my loaf of bread and peanut butter and jam jars and just like that, we had dinner!  Ahhh, the memories......more
Yum! I think I would prefer to skip my lunch and go straight for the cookies ;)more

A Gobble Gobble Alternative

I don't know who ever saw the potential of acorn squash, or butternut squash for that matter, as a good thing to eat.  I mean, it has this really, really, REALLY hard skin and you need a really, really, REALLY big and sharp knife to get through it!  I suppose the early farmers had their machetes or something equivalent and just slashed right through the "shell", and they were rewarded with......more
That looks really good!more

It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Thanksgiving is approaching and I am excited!  My sister and her husband will be joining us this year (they flip-flop with his family) and we are cooking a vegan feast together!  I've scoured through my vegan cookbook arsenal and we've got some great ideas for stuffing, veggies, and potatoes.  Along with my cooking duties, I will be breaking out the springform pan and making a pumpkin cheesecake....more

DIY energy bars!


Taste the Rainbow!

Whole Foods sells salad shakers in their deli section.  My favorite layers quinoa, their three bean edamame salad, some extra veggies, and a light, sassy vinaigrette.  I love them because they contain all the stuff to make a nice, satisfying meal, all wrapped up in a 16 oz. cup....more

Happy Bow-Wow-Ween!

First off, Happy Birthday to my little Tokki Pokie!  It's a year today that your adoption was finalized and I'm so happy you are part of our family!...more
Thanks so much!more