Apple Spice Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m not much a pie person. So while pie season is upon us, I offer tarts such as Pear & Almond Tart, clafoutis such as Apple Clafoutis, and cakes, such as this one. It’s a soft spice cake with little bits of apple throughout. The spices are complemented by a smooth cream cheese frosting both layered inside…

Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

These cookies deserve a better photoshoot than the above photo but the problem with them is that they do not last long enough to be photographed. This was the last cookie of the batch, and even if alone, it needed to be captured because this recipe is delicious. You know you have a good cookie…

Apple Almond Crisp

This is no ordinary apple crisp. And before I go on, there is nothing wrong with an ordinary apple crisp, I absolutely love them. I’ll post my classic one on here soon. 😉 However, this apple crisp is anything but ordinary, because of the almond. You may be thinking, wow, a humble nut, big deal….

Popovers with Strawberry Butter

Have any of you ever been to Neiman Marcus Rotunda Café in San Francisco at Union Square? If you have, you probably recognize these popovers and strawberry butter. As a teenager, my Mom and I had an annual (and very special) tradition of going to the Neiman Marcus for lunch during the Christmas holiday. She’d…

Nutella Brownie Tartlets

Dare I say these are *better* (eeks) than classic brownies? Everything you ever want in a brownie is what defines this recipe. Chewy along the outsides, a soft interior that literally melts in your mouth, and the perfect size and height when baked in these tartlets. While texture is important in a brownie, the flavor…

White Spinach Pizza

I believe the original author of this pizza, Smitten Kitchen, referred to it as the melted Oscar the Grouch pizza. She’s from New York though, where people are really particular, for good reason, about their pizza. I, however, am from San Francisco, where seeing vegetables on a pizza are not only unsurprising, but also quite…

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

One of my favorite snacks of all time is a crisp apple, peeled and narrowly sliced, accompanied by smooth peanut butter. God forbid the apple pieces have bits of core with it or even worse, if the peanut butter is chunky. 😉 As a kid, each Fall, I’d help my parents pick the green apples…

Pear & Almond Tart

  One year when Fabien’s Mom came to visit from France, she wanted to make a Tomato Mozzarella Tart and asked me to provide her with my tart pan. I happily handed her an 8-inch glass pie pan. She looked at it, and then at me, and said that it wasn’t adequate and she needed something wider…

Apple Sour Cream Muffins

I have a thing for muffins. Who wouldn’t love what is essentially a cupcake for breakfast? And while there are many recipes for apple muffins circulating on the web, (and I’ve even featured a few, Carrot Apple Muffins and Pumpkin Apple Muffins ), the reason I’m sharing another is because these are the most tender muffins I’ve ever made,…

Skinny Spinach Quiche

I love quiche. In fact, I’ve really never met a quiche I didn’t like. They’re just too forgiving to ever mess up, so this is a great dish for the less confident cook. This particular quiche is skinny, not because of the ingredients, but because of the baking method. It’s a shallow quiche, cooked in…