Great Gift Idea: Toffee-Pecan Cookie Mix Jars

A close up look at the cookie jars

Do you have one of those friends who always has the best creative ideas?  My good friend Salve has the best projects going (I’ll be writing a separate post about how she single-handedly transformed her backyard including pouring her own concrete – now that’s a DIY for you). Last weekend we got together in her…

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Top Tips for Mailing Holiday Cookies

Two cookie boxes

One of my favorite gifts to make for family and friends during the holidays is a cookie box full of their favorite homemade treats. It’s so fun to decide which cookies I’ll bake and how I’ll wrap the whole thing up to look festive and enticing.  When my cookie boxes are going to friends who…

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How To Make The Best Pumpkin Bread Ever

Pumpkin bread loaf

The recipes that mean the most to me have a personal history. An interesting backstory if you will. Of course they also need to produce food that is absolutely delicious. This recipe for Pumpkin Bread ticks all the boxes for me. So here’s how to make the Best Pumpkin Bread ever! The Backstory on this…

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Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits

Doggie biscuits

Our dog Buttercup is a doggie gourmet and a genuine food snob. But even she loves these homemade Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits created with the help of our friends from the Humane Society! This is just one of the recipes that the Humane Society asks volunteers to make for the dogs staying at the shelter.…

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Best Blueberry Pancake Recipe Ever!

Stacked blueberry pancakes

One of the positive things about spending more time at home has been the opportunity to enjoy leisurely mornings.  No more rushing out the door with untied shoes and a bag of cereal to munch on in the car.  Probably the best change to our morning routine has been the reintroduction of a hot breakfast…

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Yank Sing – My Favorite Dim Sum in San Francisco

Different types of Asian dishes

I first discovered the restaurant Yank Sing over 30 years ago. I was just out of college and working as a television production intern at CBS affiliate KPIX in San Francisco. At least once or twice a week on my lunch break, I would walk over to the restaurant’s location on Battery Street and let…

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The Weekend Food Prep: Reducing Stress In the Kitchen

A bunch of vegetables

I’m a decent cook. One of these days I’d like to be better. During a busy week I struggle like most parents in coming up with healthy yet interesting ways to prepare chicken, turkey, fish, veggies and pasta (staples in my house) so no one becomes bored. On the weekends, I like to really go…

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