Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

One look on my friends’ feeds on Facebook and Instagram, and I am reminded of how we are in the thick of apple season. How I long to go for a drive into the country to walk...

Roasted Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Roasted Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup

Who remembers those cans of cream of mushroom soup that would emerge in a gelatinous blob, often with a satisfying plop? I confess: I used to love it. Ever since my first spoonful one stormy night, when...

Five Little Things - October 4, 2013 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Sunflowers and Gardens When I was at the 17th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival last Saturday, I was like a moth to a flame when I spotted the garden. Perhaps...

Fire Roasted Tomato Jam Crostini | www.kitchenconfidante.com

2013 Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival + Fire Roasted Tomato Jam Crostini

I’m guilty of a big no-no. But I know I’m not alone. I eat standing up. I may be a stickler for sitting down to properly enjoy a meal — forever nagging my children to sit down...

Roast Pork Loin with Balsamic Dijon & Thyme sliced on cutting board

Simple Sundays | Roast Pork Loin with Balsamic, Dijon & Thyme

I almost did it again. Talk about the weather, that is. I suppose it’s hard to resist – I know I’m not the only one who can’t help but think about the change in the seasons, the...

fresh thyme on cutting board

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Autumn Flavors My daughter and I huddled as we walked towards the car, the wind sending a chill through our bones. I was wearing shorts, she was wearing a tank...

Stuffed Pear Crisp | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Stuffed Pear Crisp

“Is it Saturday?” I would ask. Each morning these words would spill out of my mouth, and I anticipated my mother’s answer. A no would bring a little sadness, because I knew my mother would have to...

Autumn Squash Gratin and More Le Creuset Signature Roaster Recipes | Kitchen Confidante

Autumn Squash Gratin and More Le Creuset Signature Roaster Recipes + A Giveaway

I stood by the kitchen sink, stirring my black coffee with the swirl of sugar and half and half, and it changed color, just the way I like it. As I brought my mug up for a...

Meyer Lemon Jam Crumb Bars | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Meyer Lemon Jam Crumb Bars

The room was still dark and I hesitated. Hovering over his bed, I watched my son sleep, his long lashes resting on his cheeks – cheeks once so plump, thinning out now as each year passes, yet...

Five Little Things - September 20, 2013 | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Meyer Lemon Jam Crumb Bars

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Peek into the Oven Take a sneak peek, that is! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be baking again. You too? Then you won’t want to miss...

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Simple Sundays | Lobster Cobb Salad

We were at an airport restaurant a few weeks ago, waiting for our flight back to San Francisco. I scanned the menu and saw the cobb salad. With memories of my father in law still raw in...

Five Little Things - September 13, 2013 | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Bowl of Pears

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Blushing Blushing of the pear sort, that is. And apples, too. As we say farewell to summer fruits, I’m getting excited about the freckled varieties of pears! H20 I’ve had...

Baby Kale Salad with Apricots & Feta and Apricot Dressing

Baby Kale Salad with Apricots, Feta & Apricot Dressing

On the way to school, my daughter flipped through the stations, each song eliciting an opinion from my little carpool. Funny how songs from before their time can produce such judgement from little ones! Each channel took...

Apple Cheddar Gougeres with Crispy Prosciutto | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Apple Cheddar Gougères with Crispy Prosciutto

I think I’m ready. Just about. I may have been holding on to all things summer, but I’m starting to get that itch, that feeling that perhaps summer is starting to wear out its welcome. I almost...

Spaghetti with Chicken Sausage and Lentil Bolognese | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Spaghetti with Chicken Sausage and Lentil Bolognese

There’s always a period of transition when we shift from a summer of travel and leisure to the more rigid autumn, dictated by school bells and new after-school activity schedules. As the children get older, their activities...