Thursday, October 3, 2013

Best Friend's Banana Bread

"There's no problem that friends cannot confront, combat, plot against, ignore, make fun of drown in chocolate sauce, or run over in a car." - Unknown 

... Or in this case devour banana bread! I don’t need any comforting at the moment, but it’s nice to know that I have a bunch of girlfriends that I can turn to if I would ever need a shoulder to cry on.

This recipe is from one of my best friend's, Mary D. I have two special Marys in my life... one all the way in Oklahoma and the other just a bit closer, in Orange County… I wish she lived next door!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Egg, Bacon, and Spinach Pizza

"A True friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked" Bernard Meltzer 

All of my favorite things on a pizza, egg, bacon, and cheese! Oh, tomato sauce too! This is such an easy recipe using store bought pizza crust and things you may already have. The greatest thing about making a pizza at home is that it is simple and you cannot really mess it up. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Maple and Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Yay! It's starting to get a little colder, just a little here in California. I am so excited for winter that I can't wait any longer! I can't wait to wear jeans, sweaters, boots, scarves and faux fur vest. Mainly I can't wait because I'm over being obsessed with summer weight (due to bikini season - but never am actually in a bikini much). It's funny that I always seem to weigh less in the winter than I do in the summer. Possibly because I have my weight obsession under control, who knows! The best thing about the winter is all the fun things you get to cook with friends and family. I love all the scents, especially butter and cinnamon...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hampton Breeze Cocktail

It's not exactly feeling like fall yet, so there's still time to enjoy the Hampton Breeze Cocktail I made a few summers ago. 
I recently served this at a BBQ I hosted this summer. Instead of standing there and serving everyone I had all the ingredients out on a table with directions on how to make the drink. That way you can also enjoy the party instead of feeling like a slave to your guest... 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts with Capers plus Video

 This is an oldie, but goodie. Last year I attempted for the first time a recipe from chef Michael Simon, where he deep fried Brussels sprouts. I didn't have a deep fryer so I decided to try and deep fry in a pot instead. I literally almost burned down my apartment when the oil started spilling over the pot (It wasn't very funny at the time, and still is quite scary now that I bring that memory back up)...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sweet and Tangy Sauce for Cucumbers and More!

I was in the mood for something tangy and crunchy. This sauce is perfect for a cucumber salad. I usually keep a batch in the fridge so that it's around when the craving strikes. It can be used over rice and meat as well. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Coconut Berry Glamarita for Viva Glam Magazine Plus Summer Print Issue

I was more than excited when the summer print issue for Viva Glam Magazine made its debut. I love how the drink recipes that I came up with and photographed came out.

"The Coconut Berry Glamarita brings a charming twist to the classic margarita. Like a beautiful woman, the Coconut Berry Glamarita combines a bit of sweetness and tart, mingling coconuts with lemons and lime."

Here are some photos from Viva Glam Magazine Events:

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