Easy Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch (One Pot 15 Minute Recipe)

Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo

I love Fettuccine Alfredo – I almost always order this when at an Italian restaurant… it’s my favorite pasta dish!  Once, I tried to make it at home with Alfredo sauce from a jar… I even bought a good brand… and it was…. really really horrible.  You just can’t get “real” Alfredo sauce from a [...]

Pear Martini (How to infuse Vodka with fruit)

Infused Vodka Pear Martini

Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at making different cocktails and types of martinis.  While I was browsing the Grey Goose website for recipes, I saw an intriguing recipe for making peartinis.  It called for the addition of pear-flavored vodka, which I didn’t have… but I did have pears, and also plenty of plain vodka! [...]

Master Artisan Bread Recipe and Technique (“5 minute European bread loaf”)

Rustic European Bread

Long ago, I struggled with making bread – no matter what, the dough wouldn’t rise or something would go wrong – and I would end up with a gummy or yeasty heavy loaf that didn’t turn out.  (Or my hands would get tired kneading and I’d give up too soon.)  I’ve made a lot of [...]

How to make a Gingerbread House from Graham Crackers

Graham Cracker "Gingerbread" Houses

Merry Christmas everyone!  Now that Christmas is almost here… I thought I would post my method for making cute little “Gingerbread Houses” from graham crackers.  I’ve been making these little graham cracker houses since I was a kid – because it is so easy and because you don’t need any specialized ingredients!  All you need [...]

Chicken Parmesan (Chicken Parmigiana)

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is a really easy Italian dish to make for dinner – it works well for a casual family meal… or can make a nice main dish to serve at a dinner party.  (Pair it with a side of pasta and a garden salad.) To bread the chicken, you can use the breadcrumbs of [...]

Roy’s Hawaiian Martini (official recipe)

Roy's Hawaiian Martini

One of my most favorite cocktails is Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian Martini (from Roy’s, a popular upscale Hawaiian fusion restaurant).  It’s a potent cocktail, and at about $12 per glass… somewhat pricey… but considering how good (and strong) it is – you usually only need one!  Roy’s is one of my favorite restaurants down in La [...]

20 ideas to use up leftover Thanksgiving Turkey (What to do with leftover turkey)

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  This year I made a big humongous 22 pound turkey… and even after giving away leftovers for family to take home, I still had a ton of leftover meat.  Yesterday, we ate Thanksgiving 2.0 for lunch, and today we had Thanksgiving 3.0.  I don’t want to eat Thanksgiving [...]

Fresh Homemade Pumpkin Pie (from scratch)

Homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is almost here… and I’ve been slowly getting ready for the big feast on Thursday.  I plan to make most of the side dishes on Wednesday… but the pumpkin pie and other desserts can be made up 2-3 days in advance to help save time on Thanksgiving Day.  My husband always says, [...]

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

Ahh, November!  Around here… whenever this time of year comes around, it means crisp fall weather, Santa Ana winds… and cold/flu season!  :(  Last week, I came down with a terrible cold.  I was so incredibly miserable, and I found myself craving the Mexican chicken soup that we usually get at a local hole-in-the wall [...]

Pumpkin & Chicken Chili

Pumpkin & Chicken Chili... a warm and hearty fall stew!

Happy Halloween!  Earlier this week, I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Cornbread – a slightly sweet cornbread that you can make with leftover pumpkin puree.  Today, I’m posting a recipe for Pumpkin and Chicken Chili – another way to use leftover pumpkin – which goes really well as a main dish with the pumpkin cornbread. [...]