Cozy Gingerbread Layer Cake

Cozy Gingerbread Layer Cake

We’ve all got layers. This Gingerbread Cake is no exception. All 3 layers of this cake, bound together in delicious harmony with whipped mascarpone cream and topped with sugared cranberries, made the journey from our house all the way across the city on the floor of my car. Miraculously, the cake, Lu and I arrived at the Plotkins fourth … Continue reading

Smoked Trout Dip Dip Dip to My Lu

Smoked Trout Dip Dip Dip to My Lu

Dip. My Lu. I am so in love with that little darlin’. Man. And I really like this dip too. So, let’s focus… If you’re anything like me and eat large quantities of hummus, but that’s about the only dip you do…then this dip is for you! It’s super simple to make. The smoked trout tastes … Continue reading

‘Tis the Season Pumpkin Bread

‘Tis the Season Pumpkin Bread

I’m very into the holidays this year. More than ever before. And I’m attributing this newfound festive spirit almost entirely to my sweet Lu. Although she is completely unaware of the holiday magic glimmering all around her, I still feel like it’s my duty to embrace the season, crank up the Christmas music, decorate not … Continue reading

Baking Projects Big and Small

Baking Projects Big and Small

I love these chocolate chip cookies. They are soft inside with a crackly shell, caramelized and a bit gooey. They are easy to make – no electric mixer or room temperature eggs and butter required. For all of these reasons, plus that baking cookies inevitably means sharing cookies and therefore spreading happiness, these are, hands … Continue reading

A Decade of La Cocina Reaching for the Stars

La Cocina stole my heart many years ago when I had just moved back to San Francisco, looking for work and eager to throw myself into a cause I believed in. It is a non-profit incubator kitchen in San Francisco for low-income and immigrant food entrepreneurs that cultivates exceptional talent and has helped to launch many … Continue reading

A Mother’s Day Cheers! Pom Spritz with Lime.

A Mother’s Day Cheers! Pom Spritz with Lime.

Today is Mother’s Day! Most certainly something worth cheers-ing for. For this here little post, I’d like to cheers to one mom in particular. My very own. Christine Linnea Davis Happel aka Mommy aka Pom aka Ming. (Us Happels have never been shy with nicknames.) It is on this day that Pom hereby gets her very own … Continue reading