Coffee 101

Happy National Coffee Day! It’s National Coffee Day, and much like any other day, 100 million American consumers will reach for a cup of coffee. However, coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills, from the humorous “It will stunt your growth” to the not-so-humorous claim that it causes heart disease and…

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

So, it’s almost October and every grocery store in the nation is displaying a mini pumpkin patch in the front aisles for everyone to trip over. Okay, maybe not everyone. Maybe it’s just me… If you are planning an autumn affair, you’ll naturally want to decorate with warm colors and seasonal décor and that includes pumpkins!…

Kale Smoothie

Move over spinach and make room for the “King of greens” KALE! Recently, I discovered kale. I noticed the countless benefits and instantly became obsessed. So of course I would try to find ways to incorporate it into my diet. Here are some health benefits and reasons why you should get your “kale on” 😉…

Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Sage & Brown Butter

Forget store bought gnocchi; make your own with this incredible, melt in your mouth, recipe! I was walking through the isles at Trader Joe’s and saw a package of premade gnocchi. I thought I would grab it and put it in my cart to get some inspiration for my next recipe. Well, then I passed…

Homemade Sushi Rolls

You want to know a secret? I LOVE sushi. No, not the sandbox kind of love, it’s SERIOUS love. If I could, I would eat it everyday for the rest of my life. When I used to live in San Diego, I think I actually did eat sushi almost everyday. There, it’s no secret anymore,…

Blueberry and Lavender Scones

So, are you planning a tea party or a ladies brunch? Make these scones! In one word I would describe these scones as “lovely”. In more words, they are sweet, flaky and elegant. These blueberry and lavender scones are beautiful to look at and delightful to eat. The sweet, tart blueberries pair pleasantly with the floral…

Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bruschetta is so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. The popularity of this Italian favorite is no surprise, as it’s not only a simple appetizer, but also an ‘upscale’ finger food. While there are the traditional tomato-and-basil recipes, there are many more bruschetta varieties. There is something about tomatoes and basil that just…

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Lavender? Rosemary? Honey? Wow, let me just tell you that these cookies are full of flavor. These, melt in your mouth, shortbread cookies are addicting. I never knew I would love them so much! Seriously, these cookies will continue to delight you, even as you find yourself eating the entire batch by yourself. I’m not…