Persian Walnut Cookies (Nan-e Gerdui)

stacked Persian walnut cookies on white tray
Happy Nowruz, neighbors! That’s Persian New Years! While technically not until March 20 this year, Nowruz also happens to coincide with the first day of spring so is the perfect time to gather and grill in the chilly weather knowing warmer days are soon to come. READ MORE

Dark Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

heart shaped chocolate chip shortbread cookies on parchment
Am I the only one that gets a little teary-eyed at a number of Macklemore songs? His songs are just so inspirational and relatable…. Growing Up, Glorious, Same Love. I swear they could overlay any of these songs on a Lifetime movie or Olympic commercial and I would be a mess. (Update: they did, and I was.)  READ MORE

Chai-Spiced Pear Cake (gf)

Gluten-Free Chai-Spiced Pear Cake
As a new-ish resident of the Bay Area, I am, for the first time, experiencing the chill of a Bay Area winter. Having grown up on California’s Central Coast, our winters were pretty mild at their worst. Let’s just say I spent these cold months in flip flops, and the first time I actually saw snow was during a trip to Tahoe a few years back.  READ MORE

Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies (gf)

Gluten-Free Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Just in time for your holiday baking weekend, I wanted to share a recipe for one of my favorite old-timey baked goods, iced oatmeal cookies. What kid doesn’t remember eating those iced Mother’s cookies straight from your lunchbox, or maybe it was a special treat when you went over to your grandma’s house. Either way, these cookies have a way of invoking nostalgia that will bring you all the warm fuzzies as you wrap (or to try rush Amazon Prime shipping) on those final gifts.  READ MORE

Rustic Apple Tart

Ihave been working to find my zen recently, and one practice I have taken away from my yoga sessions is that of gratitude. Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful out loud. So what better way to express my gratitude for those in my life than with a Friendsgiving!? Nothing says thank you for being you like a heaping plate of homemade food, some booze, and a rustic apple tart. READ MORE