Recipe: Garlic, Herb and Prosciutto Covered Thanksgiving Turkey

This year’s theme was to make a dish that was inspired by our culture (which, in my case is Italian). I signed up to tackle my second bird and it turned out even better than last year’s beer-brined, bacon-blanketed turkey. Garlic, Herb and Prosciutto Thanksgiving Turkey A 20 lb. turkey takes about 20 minutes to prepare, 4…

Recipe: Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

Since I’ve never really made my own frosting before, I searched on Pinterest and found this recipe for buttercream frosting. The author is right– store-bought frosting simply doesn’t compare to homemade! And I only needed to make half a batch to top off one dozen cupcakes. I used a plastic bag and a little bit of tape…

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

  Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles makes two dozen truffles, takes about an hour and fifteen minutes One 10 oz. bag dark chocolate chips One large avocado, pitted and peeled 2 T. dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 T. powdered sugar Mash or blend the avocado in a small bowl until there are no visible chunks. Set aside….

Recipe: Easy Peach Cobbler

We finally got some rain in Southern California, woohoo! Albeit nowhere near enough to pull us out of this drought, at least Mother Nature is trying to help. Easy Peach Cobbler makes 6 servings, takes about 40 minutes Filling: 4 peaches, peeled and sliced 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract…

Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

As I’m sure most people would agree, ice cream is a staple summertime treat. Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream makes about a gallon of ice cream, takes about 1 1/2-2 hours You’ll need… 2 quarts of half & half 2 pints of heavy whipping cream 2 1/2 cups of sugar 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract ice…

Recipe: Spicy Chicken Sausage Stir-Fry with Angel Hair Pasta

Spicy Chicken Sausage Stir-Fry with Angel Hair Pasta serves two people, takes about 30 minutes 1/2 lb. Italian sausage (ground) 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1 1/2 cup broccoli, sliced 1 cup asparagus, cut into two inch pieces 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced 2 (separate) T. olive oil 1/3 cup white wine (I used a…

Recipe: Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bread makes 12-16 slices, takes about 2 1/2 hours 1 packet of yeast (1/4 oz.) 1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F) 1/2 sugar, divided in half 3 T. vegetable/canola oil 1 tsp. salt 1 T. ground flax seeds  & 2 T. water Roughly 3 cups flour 1/2 cup raisins 1 1/2 tsp….

Recipe: Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

Now that I’m all grown up (but not really), I’ve been trying to eat veggies more often. Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry makes 2 servings, takes 25 minutes 1/3 lb. chicken 2 T. flour 1/3 cup chicken broth 1 T. soy sauce (low-sodium) 1 T. brown sugar 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1 clove of garlic,…