Chocolate Cherry Cookies

In honor of my friends birthday I made him these cookies and I had some leftover (this recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies). I took them to last nights cooking…

Santa Maria Style BBQ

Santa Maria style bbq tri tip is traditionally made with a simple rub and grilled over hard wood, sliced thin and served with salsa, pinquinto beans and tortillas. You can…

It’s Hatch Chile Time!

  Get out your BBQ’s or roasters, it’s time for Hatch Chile’s! You’ll want to stock up on these fabulous, versatile chiles while they are in season. Melissa’s Produce brings…

Slow Cooker Carnitas

For everyone who missed this recipe from class, I thought I’d put it up on the blog for you! A great recipe for easy summer dishes!

Strawberry Brownie Bites

This is a recipe that we prepared in our Feb. classes and I’ve updated the brownie recipe to a new one that I really prefer. The recipe is from King…

Quick Puff Pastry

Use this delicious puff pastry to make these quick and easy Smoky Ham & Gruyere Cheese Empanadas. 

Braised Short Ribs


Chestnut-Apple Dressing

Love the taste of chestnuts in your dressing? It’s easy with Peeled & Steamed Chestnuts! I find them at Gelsons, Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres or you can order them direct…

Perfectly Flaky Piecrust

Pumpkin Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

I served this last night at The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Sea Fare fund raising event and it was declared by the President of the Aquarium ‘the best food at…

Easy Artisan Bread


Pan-Seared Scallops with Champagne Grapes and Almonds