Chive Blossom Popovers from Pink Patisserie

Chive Blossom Popovers

I love seasonal, I love fresh, especially fresh from the garden or local farm, and I love my friend Maria. Maria is the author of the baking blog Pink Patisserie.  I've known Maria for over 10 years.  A gracious, beautiful and talented gal who … [Read more...]

Spiced Banana Bread

Banana Bread recipe with fresh ground spices and buttermilk

A really good banana bread is like a dear friend.  A friend that has been with you through thick and thin, and all of the in between.  A constant in one’s life with fortitude that transcends the test of time. Banana bread is enticing to the … [Read more...]

Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce

pear galette

My culinary journey has been a winding road.  Sometimes with hairpin turns and sometimes with steep uphill jogs. (If you know me, you know I am NOT a jogger) A few downhill walks and some lovely flat, grassy roads have led me from the past to the … [Read more...]

Cambozola and Pear Tart

karista's Kitchen

I'm going to be a new Mama!  A chicken Mama.  My little baby chicks arrive soon and I'm over the moon excited. Ranger Craig spent the last few weeks building my super fabulous chicken coop.  I think I nearly drove him crazy with my constant … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies

This is the time of year that gets me into trouble.  Yep, I get the baking bug. And of course if I bake something, I have to taste test it.  Right? I also have friends who bake.  And they bake the most delicious treats.  In fact, two of my … [Read more...]

Wild Blackberry Cardamom Cobbler

It's blackberry picking season!  For about six weeks each year, I tote my bucket all over our mountain looking for those beautiful berries.  The sun warmed berries are sugary sweet this time of year and it feels a little like food … [Read more...]

Huckleberry Upside-Down Ginger Cake

Huckleberry Upside Down Cake

Pardon my silence these last few weeks.  Life is... Well it's life.  And sometimes it throws a few curve balls.  The darn thing is, I'm a terrible catcher. But I'm a good sprinter and if I can't catch those curve balls, I can certainly chase them … [Read more...]

Confetti Muffins (Zucchini, Carrot and Pineapple Muffins)

There comes a moment in time when Mother’s must do what must be done.  Tell a fiblet. Not a fib or a lie or even a white lie.  A fiblet.  My youngest gal’s favorite word for a “slight truth”.  You might think me a completely terrible parent for … [Read more...]

The Dreamiest Chocoflan


Dreamy.  Completely and utterly without fail the most dreamy dessert I've tasted since indulging my sweet tooth in a creamy coconut ice cream fudge sundae about one month ago. I don't eat many sweets.  There's a good reason for this.  Mostly … [Read more...]

Brown Butter Thumbprint Cookies with Sweet Orange Marmalade

Finally.  Something "sweet" to post.  (besides cute pictures of Tank or my two sassy gals) I'm not much of a baker.  This is hard for me to admit. I typically leave the baking and pastry work to my dear friends and family members who wish to … [Read more...]

Max’s Fresh Blueberry Cobbler

I love it when children get excited about cooking.  When they realize they can take a few simple fresh ingredients and transform them into something delicious to eat.  The dazzled little expressions on their precious faces says it all. We have … [Read more...]