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

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'!


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


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!



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


The Best Ever Lemon Almond French Toast

Perfect for a weekend brunch. Enjoy this dish during the week for "brinner" (breakfast-for-dinner). I find that the fruit and rind of citrus lends a complex flavor to French toast. Nothing takes a recipe from ordinary to extraordinary with the smell, texture (and balance of bitter and sweet) like a high quality marmalade. Papa Vince… Continue reading The Best Ever Lemon Almond French Toast


Crosby Clam Bake Chowder- Throwback to Pebble Beach Golf History

In honor of Bing Crosby’s original Clam Bake and golf tournament we are making clam chowder. This yummy chowder can be made in a crock pot or stove top. Best of all, it is simple and delicious (for a family meal or to have at a gathering). This soup works really well for any type… Continue reading Crosby Clam Bake Chowder- Throwback to Pebble Beach Golf History


Sicilian Marmalade Roasted Chicken with Candied Oranges

Sicilian Orange Marmalade Roasted Chicken-Inspired by Paddington the Bear Loaded with flavor, the layers of tangy marmalade mesh into a perfect glaze for rotisserie chicken. A perfectly simple and delicious meal for a cold winter evening.  In honor my favorite bear’s LOVE of marmalade I developed this 'orange marmalade chicken glaze'. The use of authentic… Continue reading Sicilian Marmalade Roasted Chicken with Candied Oranges

Champagne Delights!

Sparkling Champagne New Year’s Punch

Happy New Year!  -Champagne Cocktail Bar- Often, we will have a champagne bar for a party. All it takes is an ice bucket to keep bottles chilled, champagne and sugar cubes. Set out crystal champagne flutes and you are ready for a crowd! Use fresh cranberries for holiday garnish. Then, help yourself… -Festive Mini Cans-… Continue reading Sparkling Champagne New Year’s Punch

Sugar Plum Delights

Sugar Plum Fairy Treats

  Enjoy these amazingly healthy, simple ‘no-bake’ sugar plums. Many years ago, while teaching second grade, my class had a Nutcracker themed holiday party. Our room parent made sugar plum fairy treats. They were at hit, devoured by children and adults. I have used this recipe ever since. These morsels are delightfully packed with flavor… Continue reading Sugar Plum Fairy Treats