easiest almond cookies

My extremely talented friend Ricki just published a book, and based on three recipes I have already tried, it is a new favorite! My copy is already well worn, but I have a second brand new copy to give away to one lucky reader today!

I have several more recipes dog-eared to get to soon – from chocolate buttercream frosting and pastry custard to [click to continue…]


chocolate chip cookie for one


Before I begin, I just want to observe what today is. I will never forget.




I have a cookie for you today.

I also have a serious question.

Why is the concept of OMG SO BUSY so attractive?

More specifically, why must people take on all the things, almost as a mission statement?

I am not at all trying to stir up trouble or tick people off – this is far from a new phenomenon. It is one I see every day. Perhaps it is in my current state of slowing down and grieving, but I doubt it. This has always struck a chord with me, and [click to continue…]


kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch dressing


I have a couple early food memories around squash.

One is Grandpa Z’s zucchini. He would grow them bigger than our dachshund.

He would slice them into half-inch rounds, batter and fry them. Oooh mama, those were some good eatin’. Summertime at the grandparents house was fun and tasty.

I can still see Grandpa Z holding up one of his big zucchini, huge grin on his face.

The second memory is my mom’s favorite way to prepare squash – split in half, scoop out the innards, bake with a [click to continue…]


double chocolate brownies with spicy sugar glaze

Happy National Hot and Spicy Food Day!

Yep, among the national food days, I found one that is quite obscure. This is not to be confused with International Hot and Spicy Food Day, which is celebrated in January.

I will have to remember that one too…

double chocolate brownies

Many know I [click to continue…]


sweet and salty cluster crunch spabettie

I woke up to a wonderful crisp and cool morning. As I sit here and drink my coffee on the deck with the pups, I am smelling the air (the dachshunds are sitting here sniffing too), getting a hint of October.

I love what October smells like.

sweet and salty yogurt crumble spabettie

We have been incredibly lucky with a perfect summer. Very little rain, perfect temperatures, all kinds of sun and fun. There are times when Portland’s summer goes way to quickly, where the sun does not always play along, and many of us feel the cooler weather comes too soon.

This year, I am ready.

I am ready for the cool mornings and evenings. Walks in the neighborhood as the sun goes down, with scarf and gloves and coats on the dogs. Autumn produce and changing flavors – deep and smoky and hearty.

sweet and salty ice cream topping spabettie

Are you getting ready for fall?

Please come say hello at Attune today – I’m sharing my sweet and salty cluster crunch.


this recipe was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays.




chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake with almond fig crust

July 30 is National Cheesecake Day – and we are celebrating the cheesecake all day around here. A favorite ever since I knew what it was, I have made several cheesecake recipes over the years, and I am also sharing recipes from friends, the accompanying photos credited to them.

All of these cheesecakes are plant based/dairy free/vegan and gluten free. Enjoy!

brownie bottomed cheesecake


Chocolate Cheesecake

mini chocolate cashew cheesecakes



lemon lime cheesecake with fresh mango sauce


maple cream pumpkin cake with buttery gingersnap crust


triple berry layered cheesecake


lemon cranberry cheesecake

lemon cranberry cheesecake


salted caramel cheesecake


apricot swirl cheesecakes

apricot swirl mini cheesecakes


pumpkin cheesecake

pumpkin cheesecake with candied pumpkin seeds


New York cheesecake


berry cheesecake tartlets

berry cheesecake tartlets


chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake with almond fig crust

chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake


apricot rosemary cheesecake

apricot rosemary cheesecake


raw brownie bottomed cheesecake


Last but not least, an ice cream with cheesecake pieces inside, and a cheesecake cookie:


blackberry cheesecake ice cream


raspberry cheesecake cookies

raspberry lemon cheesecake cookies

this post was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays.




You all know I have a soft spot for dogs.

I am partial to dachshunds at my house, and we currently have two rescues – sweeties Basil and Rosemary. They came to us with limited background story, but enough quirks to know they had not been given the best life before coming to our home.

I cannot imagine the horrors so many animals face, and I wish I could help them all.

Right now, there is a dog in desperate need of our help – whenever I hear details of Muffin’s story, I go hug my two pups close. They wiggle away and wonder what’s up. Muffin was found, neglected and severely abused, and is currently in the care of a rescue organization.


My friend Kita from Pass the Sushi will be adopting Muffin as soon as this sweet pup is ready. Kita has already spent time with Muffin, and says she is a sweetie:

“As you all know, we are rooting on Lil Miss Muffin, a pup found neglected and abused. She is with the wonderful people at Response-A-Bull rescue as they continue her treatment and long road to recovery. Muffin is amazingly, one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met, even after all she has been through. Her personality is soft and affectionate. She loves to snuggle on the sofa, and with that big cone, it can be quite the entertainment to watch her settle into your lap. But worth it. Very very worth it. With such a long road ahead of her, we are hoping to help raise some awareness and help with the cost of the increasing medical expense for Muffin.”

Today a large group of bloggers are coming together to help Muffin with a bake sale. I am contributing Basil’s favorite, apple peanut butter dog treats.


There are many tasty treats up for bid, and bids get you raffle tickets for a Le Creuset French oven! Please visit the auction today and help this sweet pup!



fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

It is officially summer.

Okay, not for another couple weeks, I suppose, but for me? Summertime is here.

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

We are having bright warm sunny days – mid eighties all this week – and light nights where we enjoy some good patio time.

The warmer temperatures bring cravings for lighter foods. What is the phenomenon that hot summer days = lighter appetites? Even if dinnertime is comprised of lighter fare, dessert is still a must, am I right?

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

The farmers markets are again the source of my delights – lusciously sweet Anjou pears eaten in the car on the way home. Several were saved long enough to create a smashingly impressive dessert that is so easy to make, with real simple ingredients.

Topping things with buttery caramel? Definitely.

Please visit me at Attune to see this summery recipe:

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler