Baking a Difference with Spiced Pear Pecan Pie

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I am so honored to be part of OXO’s Bake a Difference for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this month.  Baking to support this organization, which raises funds to support research addressing the number one cause of childhood death by disease in the U.S., is a labor of love indeed.  My recipe for Spiced Pear Pecan Pie blends traditional and modern; two of my favorite fall flavors come together in my grandmother’s pie crust, using some of OXO’s coolest kitchen tools – for a dessert that is mouthwateringly good!


Quick Breads = Quick Delicious!

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Y’all know how much I love baking, especially quick breads to savor and share! Quick breads use baking soda and baking powder instead of yeast as leavening, and therefore require no kneading or rising time. They’re easy, versatile and flavorful; perfect for breakfast, snacks and gifts, they’re a staple in our house.  Pumpkin Bread is one of the tastiest ways to welcome autumn (my favorite time of year); that’s why I’m happily sharing it in Direct Magazine’s September issue of The Recipe Box!


Mongolian Beef

Disclaimer: Melissa’s Produce provided a copy of 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die and produce for me to cook with.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.

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Chef Jet Tila will tell you he’s “just a kid from East L.A.”…but with the longest sushi roll, the largest granola bar, Food Network TV personality and a repeatedly Googled and requested Drunken Noodle recipe on his long list of accomplishments, I’d say he’s being pretty modest!  Adding to the list is his fantastic new book, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die, which I received at a media luncheon at Melissa’s Produce, where it was an honor to meet Chef Jet.  Filled with fun anecdotes, essential information and recipes packed with “Yum” – as in the actual Thai word yum, that “…translates to the perfect balance of spicy, sour, salty, sweet and savory” 101 Asian Dishes will make you want to run to purchase every ingredient listed so you can get cooking right away!