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Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprises

These chocolate peanut butter cookies are definite crowd pleasers for anyone that likes chocolate and peanut butter. An innocent looking chocolate cookie that surprises any unsuspecting cookie monster with a hidden peanut butter center that is remisicent of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I left some out in the kitchen, knowing full well the roommate […]

Great Expectations

Sometimes you need to learn to lower your expectations. Or perhaps, just let go and not have any expectations whatsoever.

While at dinner at Tamarine in Palo Alto the other night, my oh-so-wise married friend commented that sometimes you may just need to lower your expectations when you are dating. For all those childhood (ok, […]

Two forks please?

Satura Cakes is a Japanese/French bakery in Palo Alto that I’ve heard SO much about from VMware co-workers. I finally ventured over there during lunch today and walked into the most heavenly smelling store. My thoughts went something like this…

“Oooh, tiramisu, yum…oh wait, strawberry shortcake! No, I want the mango parfait, wait, no the […]

Beef and Broccoli (Romanesco)

Sadly, my Year of the Pig/Boar has come to an end…however, Happy Lunar New Year!

And what perfect timing. I have a mildly Chinese recipe to post, and what better time to post than Chinese New Year.

Three days before the Superbowl party and I am frantically trying to cook everything in my fridge […]

Chocolate Decadence Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Since it IS currently the header picture of my blog, it’s about time I post the recipe for the chocolate decadence cake. This cake scared me at first, I’ll admit. My staunch “I cook, not bake” attitude would be completely destroyed if I baked a cake, other than baking with my good friend Betty Crocker. […]


These cheesestraws are a quick and easy tasty treat to make, perfect for party appetizers. As an added bonus, they look as good as they taste. These were served at the Superbowl party (thanks Lauren), and as usual, guests ate them right up.


2 sheets frozen puff pastry (Trader Joes has some good ones), […]


While the rest of the sports fans world celebrates/tries to forget the upset on Sunday, I still have two sinks full of dishes (down from about five) remaining at home…perhaps a sign of a successful party? The second annual Super Sunday was a tremendous success. We had about 45 people pass through during the game, […]