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 …

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa-13748

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa

If you follow the blog’s social media feed, then you know that I have been fortunate enough to live in two of America’s greatest cities… Los Angeles and New York City.  Growing up in relaxed Los Angeles was juxtoposed by a fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle in my 20s. Well, now in my early 30s, I decided to split the difference and move to Texas. And before I even started unpacking my bags, I started hitting the Texas foodie scene… hard. What can I say? I’ve got my priorities straight. In the short time (i.e. less than a month) that I’ve lived in the Lone …

Swiss Meringue Cake with Huckleberry Drizzle-12637

Swiss Meringue Cake with Huckleberry Drizzle

Ever considered planning a whole event around a dessert?  If you answered yes, then you are clearly a very wise person (and I know that we will get along just fine!).  Today’s gorgeously styled event was fashioned after this stunningly beautiful cake.  With a Swiss Meringue Buttercream filled layer cake topped with Huckleberry Drizzle as its centerpiece, the rest of this rustic woodland affair just fell into place.  So revel with us in the loveliness of this styled event and take a try at creating our own inspired version of this scrumptious cake. SWISS MERINGUE CAKE WITH HUCKLEBERRY DRIZZLE INGREDIENTS SWISS …

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal-13205

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal

In my life, there’s a constant battle brewing between eating healthy and delicious food.  Plus, add on top of that the fact that I’m a working mom with a growing small business… it’s a very slippy slope towards fast food and high-caloric TV dinners. I’m constantly vowing to cook healthier meals for my family and also challenge myself to make them just as delicious as our splurge dinners. So I was up for the challenge when Mountain States Rosen chose me to compete in their “ReVEALing Excellence” recipe contest. I was tasked to come up with a slow cooker recipe for their healthy …

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …

Big Apple Cheesecake-12121

Big Apple Cheesecake

Are you the type of person that associates food with wonderful memories?  You know, how every time you bite into a creamsicle you’re transported to the childhood summer you learned to swim?  Well, today I’m teaming up with Stella cheeses to bring you a yummy recipe that conjures up a night out, enjoying dinner and a show.  Living in Manhattan, some of my favorite memories are the nights when I catch a Broadway show with my sweetie and we indulge in a good ol’ New York dessert afterwards.   So to commemorate this happy occasion, I’ve created “The Big Apple” recipe – a Stella Fontinella and Ricotta …