Figs are one of my favorite fruits and I use them in many dishes. As soon as I see them available at the local markets, I make sure to pick some up and enjoy them while they are in season. Fig preserves and fig jams are great to have on hand for whipping up easy appetizers. Paired with goat cheese, fig preserves help create a savory treat that will impress your guests. This past weekend I saw a recipe for fig preserves in the July/August 2011 issue of the magazine, Cooking With Paula Deen, and decided to give it a whirl.… Read the rest
I love reminiscing about my childhood days of getting donuts from Winchell’s Donut Shop every Saturday morning. My brother and I would leap out of bed earlier than on a school day and head over to Winchell’s with our dad. We would pick our favorite donuts and bring them home while they were still warm in the box. Our house was filled with the scent of warm, fresh donuts and the sounds of classic Saturday morning cartoons.… Read the rest
Maine is high on my list of places to visit and I have long wanted to try their signature treat, whoopie pie. If you are not familiar, a whoopie pie looks like a large sandwich cookie made out of cake. My son refers to a whoopie pie as a “cakewich.” There is a bit of controversy about the origin of the whoopie since both Maine and Pennsylvania are claiming it as their own. In the September 2011 edition of Food Network Magazine, there is a great article called “Big Whoop” which discusses the debate between the two states.… Read the rest
Forget diamonds, doughnuts are a girls best friend! Cake, cream filled, glazed, iced… I love them all and am always on the lookout for cool donut shops in my travels.
This past May, I attended the BlogHer Food Conference in Atlanta. It was an amazing experience and I met some incredible food bloggers. My time to explore Atlanta was limited due to my tight schedule, but I made time to stop by Sublime Doughnuts after reading about them on Urbanspoon.… Read the rest
I have an obsession with retro pop art and my home is filled with retro items. I have everything from coffee mugs, magnets and cocktail napkins to dinner plates and wall art. My obsession began years ago while visiting my favorite magnet shop, Magnetron, at Pier 39 in San Francisco. My roommate at the time, Karlene, and I were cracking up at some of the magnets and we both bought a few for our refrigerator. Whenever guests came over they were drawn to our fridge and would always comment on how cool our magnets were. As I moved on to live on my own, I continued my collection and I still have them up on my fridge today. Here are some of my favorites:
One day I was perusing through my twitter stream and I spotted a tweet by model Adrianne Curry with a link to a photo shoot of t-shirts she was modeling for Hollywood Dahls. I clicked on the link and LOVED the shirts!… Read the rest
There are a few things I can’t live without and coffee is one of them. Since the age of 13 I have been a coffee drinker. It all started with that first sip of my mom’s coffee that was sweetened with cream and sugar. It was a cold, rainy day in December in Northern California and the warm cup of coffee woke me from my exhausted state. I had been up all night studying for a history exam in my 8th grade class at St.… Read the rest