Fennel Fancies

Fennel Fancies

This delicious cookie is just unusual enough to pique interest but not weird enough to offend traditional cookie lovers. Fennel, with its hint of anise and licorice flavors, brings a zesty flavor profile to an otherwise ordinary sugar cookie.   It’s also a...
Presto Pasta

Presto Pasta

For a last-minute entertainment emergency, you might have use for this fast yet fancy pasta. It will take you no more than 15 minutes to put this together! You can use any short-cut pasta but I like campanelle, or “little bells.” Other favorites are gemelli (twins),...
Ginger Pumpkin Bread

Ginger Pumpkin Bread

Here’s another take on a seasonal favorite. This is more of a bread than a cake; the slices want to be buttered! This recipe calls for butter instead of oil and is delicately ginger flavored. I always add more ginger, or grate in a touch of fresh. Nuts add vital...
Victual* Bits

Victual* Bits

Here are some tips, tricks, and shortcuts that I have come across or invented in the course of my foodie journey, ones that I think readers may enjoy. While I make every effort to give credit where it is due, many of these ideas may have become so much a part of my...
Apple Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pumpkin Pie

This is an old standard, tweaked to make for easier prep and fewer calories! There are so many recipes combining apples and pumpkin puree that mine is just another drop in the bucket. But mine requires less sugar and less evaporated milk; it’s faster because, by...
Catania x2

Catania x2

“Coastal Italian” is an inviting descriptor for the restaurant on the top floor at Wall and Girard.  So I went twice. Initially, we were a group of journalists hosted for Saturday lunch at Catania.  The streets were blocked off for the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. ...