Happy Birthday Papa Archie- Cherry Throwback

'Old school' dump cakes! No bowls, no mess, no mixing, just fast and delicious. As my family, friends and readers know my dad recently passed away. This week (Thursday) would have been his birthday. In celebration of my wonderful father, I am re-posting this recipe. My dad Archie loved cherries so this easy dessert was a… Continue reading Happy Birthday Papa Archie- Cherry Throwback

Fast & Easy Pumpkin Roll

Great Pumpkin Roll

-Autumn Traditions- Make a fast and easy “great pumpkin” roll for dessert tonight. Unplug, order pizza… cuddle up with your loved ones and watch the heartwarming classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” This article was first published at Huckleberry Hill on Halloween 2017.  It was so popular we are running it again for 2018.… Continue reading Great Pumpkin Roll


Ginger and Honey Poached Pear Bliss

 For her 13th birthday, Bella Sophia was surprised with a cruise on the  Norwegian Cruise Line Bliss. Once you have experienced The Haven you will be forever hooked. We have traveled the world. The care and service given via the Haven made every moment feel like well deserved luxury. The Haven desserts were amazing. During our… Continue reading Ginger and Honey Poached Pear Bliss

Arancini and Sicilian Celebrations

Making Arancini – Sicilian Pride With Chef Manuel Morsiani… Festa Italiana Monterey Bay

Chef Manuel Morsiani embraces the Italian influenced California lifestyle culture 'mash up'!


Cheers to Car Week! Quail Quencher Recipe

Celebrate Monterey Car Week at ‘The Quail Motorsports Gathering’ via a ‘Quail Quencher’ Each August ‘Car Week’ is a special event on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Inspired by acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay, this ‘Quail Quencher’ cocktail is an end of summer hit. There are numerous events along the Monterey Bay during Car Week. A crown… Continue reading Cheers to Car Week! Quail Quencher Recipe


Viva DiFranco … Viva Las Vegas

At Huckleberry Hill we are sharing a delicioso Sicilian pepper recipe. Let's celebrate the launch of a Las Vegas variety show while gearing up for a retro good time along beautiful Monterey Bay! La dolce vita in bella California.   In celebration DiFranco Entertainment has shared their Sicilian ‘familgia’ recipe. Enjoy and we will see… Continue reading Viva DiFranco … Viva Las Vegas

California Travel

CALISTOGA- Mud, Water, Wine and Gourmet Granola

Amazing wine tasting, culinary adventures, farm to table produce, spa treatments and 'taking the waters'. Nothing is better than a Calistoga get-a-way. Best yet, we secured a favorite granola recipe, happy summer! Let’s travel north of Monterey Bay, over the Golden Gate... We fell in love with the ambiance, quaintness and care given to us… Continue reading CALISTOGA- Mud, Water, Wine and Gourmet Granola


Easy Firecracker Shrimp

Join us this summer in celebration of the annual 'Feast of Lantern’s' festivities via our (Fra Diabolo Italian Influenced) firecracker shrimp recipe. We love to make this for holidays such as Chinese New Year or the Pacific Grove Feast of Lantern Festival (celebrated on Monterey Bay at the end of July).    We have a long… Continue reading Easy Firecracker Shrimp


Auntie Fran’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

 Happy Fourth of July! Stay Cool this summer making delicious and creamy home-made ice cream! Use a vanilla custard base and add simple 'mix ins' to customize. I love apricot, Bella Sophia adores strawberry, Uncle Eric is all for cookie dough, David, Davey and Catherine crave about peach or apple pie ice cream? Yummy! My… Continue reading Auntie Fran’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream


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