Where oh where has summer gone? Weekends at the lake (or lounging around the pool), soaking in the rays, cycling about with no particular place to go, grilling anything and everything that comes your way, sipping on a chilled glass of wine surrounded by tiki torches–this is summer. With Labor Day fast approaching, we scramble […]


Apple Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake

by Anne Papina on September 27, 2013

What is it about fall that sends us into baking mode? Does that nip in the air propel us to the kitchen, whisk in hand? Gearing up for the holiday season to come? Meanwhile the markets are brimming with pumpkins and other squashes that work oh-so-well with sweet spices. And of course there are the […]


Fresh & Fruity Sangria #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on May 4, 2013

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday marking the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While it’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States it has grown to be a major celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. This week for #SundaySupper we’re observing Cinco de Mayo, and […]


Harvest Rice with Apples and Pecans #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on September 23, 2012

This weekend marks fall’s official kickoff, but unofficially, over the last two weeks, that cold bite has been here every morning, urging me to remain tucked within the snuggly folds of a warm bed. Oddly enough, San Francisco doesn’t have “seasons” in the traditional sense. In fact, if anything, fall is usually our summer, or […]


Mom’s Raw Apple Cake

by Anne Papina on August 12, 2012

Take two, they’re small. What if I told you that you could be enjoying a warm piece of apple cake in less than an hour, right from your own oven? Would you believe me? More importantly, would you try it? I swear this cake is THAT easy. Heck, I’m willing to bet you have all […]


Fruity Peanut Butter Dip

by Anne Papina on November 18, 2006

(ARA) – There are many good reasons why Americans eat more than 600 million pounds of peanuts and more than 700 million pounds of peanut butter each year. Not only are they great for ballpark snacks and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, they’re key ingredients in some of today’s most innovative dishes — from soups […]


Holiday Ranch Salad

by Anne Papina on October 10, 2006

(ARA) – For most of us, winter holiday memories are intertwined with the smells and tastes of favorite family dishes such as the aroma of roasting turkey, the warm spicy taste of pumpkin pie, or the cold tartness of a special cranberry salad. Certainly, family and friends can look forward to holiday gatherings this season […]


Candied Apples

by Anne Papina on October 15, 2005

Candied Apples   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 30 mins   Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 12 Ingredients 3 cups sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1½ cups water 1½ tsp red food coloring 12 popsicle sticks 12 medium apples 1 cup chopped peanuts (optional) Instructions Combine sugar, syrup, […]


Easy Apple Strudel

by Anne Papina on March 19, 2005

Preparation time on this satisfying dessert is just 10 minutes, but be sure to allow time to thaw the puff pastry sheets (do this while you’re working on the main course). Contributed with permission by Pepperidge Farm.


Bottom Crust Apple Tart

by Anne Papina on October 6, 2004

Bottom Crust Apple Tart   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 50 mins Total time 1 hour 10 mins   Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 1 package refrigerated fold-out pie crust ¼ cup oatmeal 1 large egg beaten w/1 tsp water 3-4 tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1 tbsp bourbon ½ cup […]