• April 30
    Guava and Cream Cheese Mini Pop-Tarts
    As Margarita and I were brainstorming about the finale to our Cuban dinner party (more about that here), she mentioned that perhaps we should offer guava paste and cream cheese, as that was a typical Cuban dish to serve...
  • April 25
    Cuban Salad with Pineapple and Avocado and Orange Sherry Vinaigrette
    Amigas, this week, we're going to Cuba.  Bueno? Over the weekend, my dear friend Margarita and I hosted a Cuban fiesta for 14 parents/friends to benefit our school.  The evening was a smashing success in every way - perhaps because...
  • April 22
    Quinoa and Swiss Chard Salad with Miso Sesame Ginger Dressing
    The salad gods have smiled upon me, and placed two fabulous salad shops within walking distance of my house.  This makes it possible for me to waddle down the street and scarf down leafy greens in between baking binges....
  • April 14
    Peanut Butter Dulce de Leche Brownies
    Brownies are always a good idea.  Brownies with a peanut butter-dulce de leche frosting, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt are always an even better idea. Trust me on this. I started with a super-simple, near perfect brownie, adapted just...
  • April 8
    Easy Brazilian Tomato Coconut Soup
    The thought of tomato soup takes me back to those iconic cans of Campbell's Soup from my childhood... piping hot, served up with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. (Velveeta please. Thanks mom.)  The ultimate comfort food.  I...
  • April 6
    Chocolate Granola with Mexican Spices
    I love my day job.  What's not to love about hanging with a crowd of children every day, working to inspire them to love books, and love reading?  I actually get paid to read The Gruffalo and Chester's Way to...
  • April 2
    Amazing Smoothie Bowls
    Smoothie bowls have been dancing through my Instagram feed for quite some time, but it never occurred to me to assemble one until I attended the Pinch of Yum Photography Workshop a couple of weeks ago.  I think I...
  • March 31
    Perfect Roasted Asparagus
    (and the Pinch of Yum Workshop) "Well hello gorgeous asparagus!  You're looking lovely today." That would be me speaking to the asparagus in the case at the Organic Butcher of McLean the other day.  Just call me the vegetable whisperer.  But...