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



  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


Italian Easter Cookies-Keeping Tradition

-PUPA CU LOVA-** These cookies bring me back to childhood. Francine and I would each cherish our annual Easter egg treat made by Nonna Frances. My sister Fran loved the egg, with a little salt added. I ate the cookie-we are a dynamic cookie eating duo. **(Easter sure is early this year! This is a… Continue reading Italian Easter Cookies-Keeping Tradition

Simply Yummy Irish Guinness Stew

Irish Stew

We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s Celebrate with Guinness Irish Stew. I inherited red hair and freckles from my namesake, Grandma Maxine. She was a beautiful Scottish Irish woman. I miss her amazingly big heart, contagious laugh and delicious family meals. In honor of grandma, at Huckleberry Hill, we are celebrating our Irish… Continue reading Irish Stew

Chinese New Year- Firecracker Shrimp!

Happy Chinese New Year- Celebrate with Firecracker Shrimp!

Happy Year of the Dog! February 16, 2018 is Chinese New Year. Feast of Lantern’s (Fra Diabolo Italian Influenced) Firecracker Shrimp Recipe is a favorite. We love to make this for holidays such as Chinese New Year or Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns (celebrated on Monterey Bay each summer).    We have a long family history on… Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year- Celebrate with Firecracker Shrimp!


Valentine Treats

Super delicious and simple this 'no bake' Valentine’s Day treat is a favorite. So fabulously addictive. Best of all, it's very fun to create... especially with little helpers. Make it a family event. The memory will be a cherished Valentine Day tradition! At Huckleberry Hill we enjoy having these treats with hot chocolate, cuddling up… Continue reading Valentine Treats


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

Olive Oil Face and Body Scrub

Huckleberry Hill ‘At Home’ SPA

  To kick off the weekend, at my Huckleberry Hill home, we made a simple homemade face and body treatment.  This recipe features four key ingredients and is developed by Sharon, a Huckleberry Hill follower and esthetician. Her career is focused to using holistic techniques for healthy skin care. Winter season elements are very drying… Continue reading Huckleberry Hill ‘At Home’ SPA

perfect warm dessert for cold winter evenings

Apricot Panettone Bread Pudding

After the holidays, panettone sweet bread is found in most Italian kitchens. This light bread, with added dried fruits makes a perfect bread pudding. I have found that the custard soaks up even the driest of Italian panettone. Use any store bought variety. Often given as a gift over the holidays most Italian kitchens have… Continue reading Apricot Panettone Bread Pudding