Spicy Tangerine Margerita

Spicy Tangerine Margarita

There’s a restaurant nearby that we go to sometimes that has a wonderful margarita called the “spicy tangerine”.   It has a lovely sweetness, with a mild kick of spice and heat. This is my homemade version of that drink – use fresh limes & tangerines to make the juice for the best flavor! Enjoy! [...]

Caramelized Apple & Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

Caramelized Apple & Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

So I guess it’s now autumn and we have to say goodbye to summer (although you wouldn’t know it from today’s 91 degree weather)!  With autumn comes some really great things… Pumpkin spice lattes, warm apple pies, spiced cider, Halloween candy… but I would say the fall flavors that I most look forward to are [...]

La Paloma (Tequila and Grapefruit Cocktail)

Paloma (Grapefruit & Tequila Cocktail)

What is “La Paloma“?  This is a Mexican cocktail – commonly prepared by mixing tequila with grapefruit flavored soda.  In other versions, the grapefruit soda can be replaced with fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and topped with sparkling soda water. According to many sources, the first published recipe for La Paloma was in a [...]

Quick (Small Batch) Microwave Lemon Curd

Quick (small batch) Microwave Lemon Curd

Every now and then, I need a small amount of lemon curd for a recipe – and I don’t want to make a big huge batch.  In those instances, I will use this recipe (below) for a very quick cooking microwaved lemon curd, instead of using my more time consuming big batch lemon curd recipe.  The [...]

Fuyu Persimmon Jam (Kaki Jam)

Homemade Fuyu Kaki (Persimmon) Jam

Now that it’s winter time, Japanese Fuyu Persimmons (a.k.a. “Fuyu Kaki“) are in season!  (Fuyu persimmons are the non-astringent [sweet] short/flattened ones that you eat when semi-firm… not the astringent acorn/sphere shaped ones that can only be eaten when soft and squishy.)  I found three of the largest Fuyu kaki that I’ve ever seen… put [...]

Homemade Fresh Guava Jam

Homemade Fresh Guava Jam

Last week, some friends gave us a bag of guavas from their backyard tree.  The guavas were perfectly ripe, and very fragrant… Great timing, as I was planning to make some fall jams and jellies to give away during the holidays! While some guava jam recipes don’t call for added pectin… I think it’s a [...]

Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Bundt Cakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Bundt Cake

A few years ago, I got a Wilton Mini Bundt Pan.  I really like the size of this pan because you can make smaller mini bundt cakes that can be given away to friends and family (or as gifts)… while still keeping some cake for yourself!  For portion control, these smaller cakes are also great [...]

Low Sugar Fresh Strawberry Jam (How to make and water bath can strawberry jam)

Homemade Low-Sugar Fresh Strawberry Jam

Over the weekend, we visited the Carlsbad Strawberry Company‘s “U-Pick” strawberry fields.  For $20, they give you a large KFC sized paper bucket (and two adult admission tickets), and you can go down the rows of strawberries to pick and fill up your bucket.  This was a really fun experience – our little nephew had [...]

Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie

Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie

There’s something about cherry pie made with fresh cherries… sweet and slightly tart, juicy and bright!  Cherries are in season right now… the perfect time for fresh Cherry Pie!!!  My only problem with making cherry pie at home from scratch – is the time it takes to pit the cherries.  What a chore (and a [...]

Easy Peach Dump Cake

Easy Peach Dump Cake

A few days ago I posted a recipe for “Individual Mini Peach Pies” and promised I would soon post a recipe for “Peach Dump Cake” – which you can use any leftover fruit and juice/syrup (from the can) to make.  Dump cake tastes kind of like a hybrid of cake, cobbler, and pudding.  Texture wise, [...]