Latest Recipes

Cakes and Cheesecakes

The EASIEST Pound Cake

Pound cake is like the little black dress of dessert. It is simple yet elegant, you can dress it up or down, and it’s wonderful anytime, anywhere.  Rich and not too sweet, this buttery pound cake is far from boring and perfect for any occasion. The Easiest Pound Cake is […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Potato Leek Chickpea Soup

Idaho’s unique environment provides nearly perfect growing conditions for potatoes.  The growing season of warm days and cool nights, rich volcanic soil, clear water from mountain-fed irrigation, and clean air make Idaho potatoes superior in texture and taste to potatoes grown anywhere else, except maybe Italy, of course. Chickpeas are […]

Vegetables and Sides

Patatas Panaderas

This classic Spanish recipe is served in most restaurants in Spain as a side dish.  Made with olive oil and wine, it is a simple dish to make, but the resulting flavor and creaminess of the potatoes will have you making this dish again and again.  Although the potatoes are […]


Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

This is the ultimate banana cream pie; rich, silky, and indulgent yet so light and dreamy. Incredible pure vanilla and banana flavor will tickle your tastebuds. You’ll love how the creamy custard, the buttery, flaky crust, and the fluffy whipped cream come together in each irresistible bite!  Take it to […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Chicken Posole Soup (Red or Green)

In Mexico, there are various types of posole (or pozole, the difference is mostly regional) – red, green, white, chicken, beef, pork.  This recipe is not the traditional Pozole Rojo that is simmered for hours and is more of a stew using pork, dried chilies, and hominy.  This quick and […]

Cookies and Bars

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Cheesecake Bars are an irresistible combination of bright, fresh, tangy sweetness and smooth, rich creamy decadence.  The tartness is balanced by the richness of the cheesecake and buttery shortbread crust.  And if that isn’t enough, a from-scratch lemon curd, deliciously rich and smooth with intense lemon flavor tops it […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Beef-iest Barley Soup

This Beef-iest Barley Soup recipe is rich, hearty, satisfying comfort food with huge flavor and minimal effort!  The rich beefy flavor comes from searing the beef first then using the fat from the meat to cook the soffritto.  The Italian version of mirepoix, soffritto starts with the same foundation of […]


Italy, Fall 2022

There are many reasons to visit Italy.  A melting pot of culture, art, and history, Italy is an engrossing country you’ll fall in love with time and time again. From internationally acclaimed galleries and centuries-old ruins to multi-colored villages, golden sandy beaches, and mountains for skiing and hiking, Italy has […]

Other Desserts

Pumpkin Tiramisù

This easy, luxurious Pumpkin Tiramisù is a seasonal take on an Italian classic and features my favorite Fall flavors.  With layers of fluffy mascarpone pumpkin mousse, espresso and marsala-soaked ladyfingers, and plenty of warm spices, it is a pumpkin lover’s dream.   You won’t believe how easy it is to make!  […]

Cookies and Bars


Snickerdoodles are nostalgic cookies that evoke strong feelings in cookie lovers.  Everyone has their own idea about what makes a perfect Snickerdoodle.  Honestly, I find Snickerdoodles kind of boring.  I always want more – more flavor, more moistness, more YUM.  But these snickerdoodle-meets-pumpkin cookies are anything but boring!  Adding a […]