Simple Chocolate Cake with Ganache Frosting

Making a good cake is not only fun, but can be very rewarding.  Ditch the boxes of chemical-laden cake mixes and conquer the simplicity of a homemade cake. Trust me, once you get the hang of making your own cakes… Continue Reading


Butternut Squash Risotto: Holiday Comfort Food

One of my favorite cold-weather dishes to serve my family and friends is risotto. Risotto is an incredibly versatile dish, perfect for cleaning out the vegetable drawer or using leftovers. When you learn the basic technique of adding liquid to… Continue Reading


The Best Sugar Cookies (According to Andrea)

Baking cookies is a tradition that many share over the holiday season. One of my absolute favorite cookies to bake is this simple sugar cookie dough. My house fills with the warm aroma of vanilla, butter and sugar that remind… Continue Reading


Best Part of Thanksgiving: Creamy Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is full of family traditions, food memories, and of course hours of fantastic kitchen fun for the dedicated foodies.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I adore the smells, decorations, lovely trees throughout the north state,… Continue Reading


Pumpkin Pancakes to Light Up Smiles

Cool, crisp mornings are perfect for long, lingering breakfasts.  I love brewing a big pot of Peet’s coffee while I make my family a big breakfast that we can nibble on throughout the day. One of our favorites is pancakes.  (Food for… Continue Reading