Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

Autumn Entertaining at Home-15071

Autumn Entertaining at Home

The end of Labor Day officially marks the end of summer. And the end of summer means the beginning of the Fall. To which I say, ‘Yahoowee!’ I am an Autumn gal, through and through, so I look forward to this time of year like a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fresh baked pies, and richly mixed cocktails. Aaah, I cannot contain the squeals! The one thing I am remise to say goodbye to is the unique feel of a patio party. In particular, there is something so romantic about the mood that comes with stringed …

Scottish Oat Cakes-15049

Scottish Oat Cakes

Much to the chagrin of many a child, it is time to go back to school. With school comes a long to-do list for the parental units… shopping, scheduling, carpools, and meal prep. Well, I am pretty much useless to you when it comes to most of those things, but I certainly can help in one department. Let’s get our meal prep on, baby! I have teamed up with one of my favorite brands, Bob’s Red Mill, to bring you a wholesome back to school breakfast that will make all generations smile. Scottish Oat Cakes, anyone? I spent some time …

JaM Cab + Ice Cream-15019

JaM Cab + Ice Cream

Labor Day is just around the corner and it often serves as a marker of seasonal milestones… the end of summer, the beginning of school, the start of pumpkin spice season, and the end of ice cream’s yearly reign. So it is only natural that the holiday serves as one last long weekend to sit back, relax, and enjoy the last fleeting days of warm weather. What better way to do that then with a glass of wine and a bowl of homemade ice cream? The sweetly named, JaM Cellars, sent me a few bottles of their JaM Cabernet to …

Tuna Avocado Crostini-14999

Tuna Avocado Crostini

I am relatively new to the mommy game, but that does not mean that I do not already have unreasonably high expectations for my daughter’s eating habits. Part of this parental delusion stems from the fact that I work in the food world and am positive that she will love everything I cook up. The other part of this delusion comes from my (clearly) unbiased opinion that she is a perfect child and shall never do wrong… that’s the same part of my brain that thinks she will sleep through the night and miraculously clean up after herself. I can dream, …

Sriracha Bloody Mary-14970

Sriracha Bloody Mary

Football season is around the corner, my friends. With that comes blood, sweat, tears, and tailgating. Whether you’re planning a parking lot BBQ in the stadium or an at-home viewing fest, you need to get your cocktail repertoire in order. Now I could sit here and list off a litnay of perfectly acceptable, but rather unoriginal football booze ideas – craft beer, margarita mixers, vodka shooters. That’s not what I’m going to do here today. When the Texas Pete brand hired me to create a recipe for the sporty season, I decided it was time to address the unspoken (and rather …

Avocado Jasmine Rice Balls-14955

Avocado Jasmine Rice Balls

Unless you are living under a rock, then you know that this week marks the official ‘Back-to-School’ season. And with the season comes the onslaught of hungry children… hey, who doesn’t build up an appetite with tons of learning and socializing? It is also an easy time to fall into a monotonous routine of afternoon snacks: packaged processed food, rinse, repeat. So, in the hopes of inspiring a more wholesome after-school habit, I have teamed up with a lovely brand to bring you a delicious snack alternative. Using Success® Jasmine Rice, I have created a recipe that is sure to make …

Seven Daughters Moscato Veneto-14849

Seven Daughters Moscato Veneto

There are two categories of people that go to the beach: the boring and the fun. The boring ones are those that pack things like goldfish crackers, visors, and long-sleeve rash guards. You know who you are! The fun people, on the other hand, are the ones that kick off their shoes the minute the gravel turns into sand and bring along an icebox filled with the #1 essential for a good day at the beach… booze! Whether you are a shore-dwelling bird or a water-bound mermaid, you always have two things on hand for a trip to the ocean: …