Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon

Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon post image

When I think of all of the fabulous food that is so much a central part of the Thanksgiving Day celebration, I get a sort of warm feeling in my belly, and a child-like excitement that we can partake in all of those wonderful goodies so whole-heartedly and with such sheer glee! Thanksgiving is a time to get together in the spirit of gratitude, love and remembrance for the gifts that we have in our lives; it's a time to ease the mind and dive freely ... {more please!}

Hot Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Dip, A Warming Comfort On A Cool Fall Evening

Hot Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Dip, A Warming Comfort On A Cool Fall Evening post image

Evenings in the fall are quite a magical time of the day for me. They remind me of what it must feel like to enter into a fairy realm, where the golden-purple light twinkles ever so softly, and the slight haze creates an almost dream-like blur of anything in the distance. Fall evenings are my favorite time to go for a walk in one of my husband's and my favorite near-by neighborhoods, the kind of neighborhood where the people get into the spirit of the season ... {more please!}

Oktoberfest Potato Skins, and Finding Good Reasons to Celebrate a Little

Oktoberfest Potato Skins, and Finding Good Reasons to Celebrate a Little post image

As we get into late September and then into October—into the autumn—I feel myself come alive a little more. I feel my colors become a bit more vibrant in the autumn, and my enthusiasm for simple festivities increase. Perhaps it's the promise of cooler weather, and of the holiday season just around the corner; of a fresh, crisp breeze that, in the evenings, brings a slight chill, and that gets my excitement going. Or perhaps it's the simple fact that the sun sets earlier, and earlier ... {more please!}

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop post image

I don't know about you all, but we're still making our way through some hot weather here in Southern California—whew-wee! Can we please be done with this? Where's the cool fall? Where are the temperatures that beckon for me to wrap myself in a comfy-cozy blanky, or throw on a jacket or sweater when I go out in the evening? They seem to be hiding at the present moment, that's for sure. So it makes it just a wee-bit less appealing to turn on an oven ... {more please!}

Zesty Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos, and a Little Edible Magic

Zesty Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos, and a Little Edible Magic post image

Have you ever thought about just how “magical” cooking really is? Just consider: cooking is taking a number of items in their unprepared—or raw—state, combining them in unique ways (with healthy sprinklings of love, of course); and then putting them through a process of change that makes them completely different. And if done successfully, what you've preapred is utterly delicious. As a personal chef and recipe developer, purchasing bags and bags of fresh produce and other culinary items is par for the course; and I've more ... {more please!}

Grilled Summer Veggie Dip, Boldly Going Where No Dip Has Gone Before

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My hubby and I are both dip-a-holics. We love cool, creamy dips; hot and cheesy dips; hummus-style dips and everything else in between that we can plunge a little toast-round, cracker, chip or fresh veggie spear into. And with summer's garden bounty here tempting us to think outside the box when it comes to using all that it has to offer us, we're craving bold, smoky flavors inspired by grilling, coupled with eye-popping colors and cool, creamy textures that can be whirled together into some glorious ... {more please!}

“Winging It” with Some Coca-Cola Hot Wings, Korean BBQ-Style

“Winging It” with Some Coca-Cola Hot Wings, Korean BBQ-Style post image

My husband and I have both been known to go a little gaga over Korean BBQ. It has that perfectly tastebud-mesmerizing combination of flavors that, once we start eating it, we can't seem to get enough of; with that toasty and nutty warmth of sesame oil, the mild heat of freshly cracked black pepper, the slightly lemony and spicy kick from fresh ginger, the warm pungency from garlic, the sweetness of brown sugar, or my favorite, Coca-Cola, and the “umami-ness” (is that a word?) of dark ... {more please!}

Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC

Cheesy & Garlicky Crispy-Fried Tofu Stix, Sprinkled Liberally With The Seasoning Of TLC post image

It's no secret that human beings benefit greatly from healthy and frequent doses of tender, loving care— frankly, we were created to thrive on the stuff. And it's no surprise that all of the beauty, and all of those good qualities that have been placed within us at the point of our beginnings, are more easily elicited out of us when those responsible for raising us up sprinkle us—season us—with liberal amounts of love, kindness, mercy and gentle guidance; it is a sort of “marinade” that ... {more please!}

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking

Hot & Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Dip, And Letting My Cravings Do The Cooking post image

I had a couple of different recipe ideas to choose from this week, and ended up going back and forth several times as I tried to decide which one would win the coveted position for this particular recipe post. Well, as you can see, my snacking side got the better of me, as I've been desperately craving another hot and cheesy dip lately, one that I can slather all over some nice, rustic and spicy tortilla chips of some kind. This morning when I made my ... {more please!}

A Cozy After-School Special: Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”, Made With The Help Of Little Fingers

A Cozy After-School Special: Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”, Made With The Help Of Little Fingers post image

Hands down, I would have to say that some of my fondest memories of a fun time cooking in my kitchen are those that include my son, in his younger years, helping me out in some way. Whether I gave him the simple yet important task of simultaneously stirring and keeping an eye on the contents of a pot or pan while those ingredients caramelized or sauteed; whether I asked him to add a pinch or two of a few different seasonings or spices of his ... {more please!}