INSPIRATION

Archie & Cathy, A Love Story

  On this new career journey I am often asked, "where did you get the energy, the inspiration, to become an author? Especially at this stage of your life?" I owe everything to my parents. Amazingly, my parents continue to provide unconditional emotional support to just about everyone they come into contact with. Wow, have they… Continue reading Archie & Cathy, A Love Story

Grilled Calamari

Sicilian Summer BBQ

Enjoy a summer season BBQ, Sicilian style, featuring Chef Morsiani. The grilling season is upon us. Everyone is heading outdoors, firing up the grill, cleaning off the picnic table and getting ready for the freestyle vibe that comes with summer. Chef Manuel Morsiani has an amazing California connection with our Huckleberry Hill lifestyle. No wonder we… Continue reading Sicilian Summer BBQ

Easy Mini Cheesecake

La Festa della Mamma – Easy Mascarpone Cheesecake- Happy Mother’s Day

 An Italian Mama is a blessing from God. Una Mamma Italiana e una benedizione di Dio. Craving mascarpone cheesecake and thinking of my mom and Nonna. I am inspired by the beautiful mascarpone cheesecake served in Rome at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel; one of my very favorite places. La Festa della Mamma is celebrated in… Continue reading La Festa della Mamma – Easy Mascarpone Cheesecake- Happy Mother’s Day

CELEBRATE

Watermelon Tequila ‘Quail Signature Quencher’ Recipe…Cheers!

  The 10th anniversary of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a special event on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Inspired by acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay, and that this weekend is Cinco de Mayo we are making a ‘Quail Quencher’ cocktail. Throwing a last minute gathering? Want to sit out on your porch, or around a beach… Continue reading Watermelon Tequila ‘Quail Signature Quencher’ Recipe…Cheers!

SAVE THE DATE- BAKE QUEEN CAKES

Baking Queen Cakes

As with the rest of the world, along the majestic Pacific Coast of California, at Huckleberry Hill, we are enchanted by the upcoming royal wedding. (The wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel on May 18.)  Set out your tea set, bake Queen Cakes and have… Continue reading Baking Queen Cakes

HOMEMADE GRANOLA

SEA OTTER CLASSIC INSPIRED GRANOLA

This homemade 'granola blend' features my Nonna’s nutmeg flavored candied walnuts; as well as dried apples, almonds, apricots and cranberries. A bicycle basket made for a perfect gift display. We added gourmet salt water taffy (huckleberry flavor) for the Sea Otter Classic opening. To balance out the sweetness I threw in a bag of jalapeno… Continue reading SEA OTTER CLASSIC INSPIRED GRANOLA

Chef Lorena's Cuban Sandwiches 'At the Beach'

Pebble Beach Food, Wine and Chef Lorena Garcia’s Cuban Sandwiches

At the Pebble Beach Food & Wine events, we fell in love with Chef Lorena Garcia, celebrating Latin American foods. The fire pits at Spanish Bay were the beautiful Pacific Coast setting to our feast. You are Invited: The Venetian’s exclusive party at the outdoor fire pits at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Chef Lorena Garcia… Continue reading Pebble Beach Food, Wine and Chef Lorena Garcia’s Cuban Sandwiches

BACON WRAPPED HOT DOGS

PEBBLE BEACH, FOOD-WINE & BACON WRAPPED HOTDOGS

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs...last spring we were in food heaven at the 2017 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Event. This feature article generated over 1 million hits. Food, wine and hot dogs brought Huckleberry Hill into the spotlight. This week we are gearing up for PBFW 2018. We wanted to take a moment and encourage… Continue reading PEBBLE BEACH, FOOD-WINE & BACON WRAPPED HOTDOGS

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

EASTER BASKET CAKES

  Nonna Cathy organized a really easy no-bake dessert. While the Easter eggs are being hidden children can be occupied making their individual mini basket.** She ordered each child a 'mini cake' from the bakery with each child’s name. Nonna purchased rectangle wafer cookies to make the “basket” sides. She put out Easter candies, jelly… Continue reading EASTER BASKET CAKES

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

Pantry Ingredients: Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

I look down and smile at Snowball, he is such a cute fluff ball. Can’t help spoiling him. “Buona Pasqua,” I smile at my little pooch. He follows me to the kitchen, I am slow as it is early and I have not yet had caffeine. Bella Sophia is home this week, enjoying spring break…we… Continue reading Pantry Ingredients: Natural Dyed Easter Eggs