White Chocolate Coconut Cranberry Dream Bars

Who doesn’t love those chocolate coconut seven layer bars?  Well, if you like those, then you will love these dream bars–white chocolate, dried cranberries, coconut, a oat-y and crunchy crust all bound together with sweet gooeyness.   Although they are sweet, they aren’t over-the-top-so-you-make-a-dentist-appointment-after-eating-one sweet.  The dried cranberries provide some tartness in just the perfect … [Follow your taste buds…]

Curried Squash Soup

Today has been a fantastic day.  In fact it has been a fantastic weekend.  Friday night was Valentine’s Day, and the Man and I had an incredible dinner downtown–Cordova oysters with chimichurri (I have to admit that I now like Cordova oysters better than those from Kachemak Bay), an ahi poke “cocktail”, then scallops in … [Follow your taste buds…]

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bites with Salted Caramel Sauce

I am always on the lookout for new and unique treats to make.  The criteria generally requires that the new tasty treat is a combination or reinvention of an already tried-and-true classic.  These little bites fit the bill perfectly–pumpkin meets cheesecake meets salted caramel.  Hold on to your hats, friends, they are absolutely incredible.    … [Follow your taste buds…]

Perfect Pizza Dough

Buddy the Elf has his sugar food groups.  Therefore, I find it perfectly appropriate to have my own carbohydrate food groups–dairy, bread, sugar, and wine.  After all, ’tis the season for (not so) guilt-free indulging.  I am fairly certain that pizza fits all of those food groups, except for wine, but there’s a quick remedy … [Follow your taste buds…]

Perfectly Poached Eggs

I don’t know if a Sunday has ever gone by without my dad eating poached eggs.  His Sunday morning breakfast is as routine as brushing his teeth.  I’ve never really been one for traditional breakfast meals and much prefer cereal with berries and yogurt.  After 30 years though, I suppose it is time I get … [Follow your taste buds…]

Zoodles = Zucchini Noodles

I didn’t believe them.  I really didn’t.  I thought that all of the bloggers and foodies that gush about zucchini noodles and how amaaaaaazing and perfectly al dente and no one will ever know it’s good for you were completely off their rockers.  Moment of humility here–they were right!! These zoodles were a culinary surprise.  … [Follow your taste buds…]

Granola Clusters

I don’t even know how or where to begin to describe my life-long obsession with granola.  The endless combinations of oats, nuts, dried fruits, and different spices are nothing short of exhilarating).  I also love granola because it can be enjoyed dry, with milk, or with any kind of yogurt (which is also nothing short … [Follow your taste buds…]