Blog: The Place to Dish with Fellow Foodies

Wherever I go, I sample the local cuisine, taste the regional wine and cocktails, and prowl for the best culinary products. Back at home, I experiment with my own food and beverage concoctions. Sometimes I travel with specific ingredients and tools so I can cook special dishes for family and friends. And nothing gets my creative juices flowing like holidays and entertaining. Sound familiar? If so, maybe my favorite discoveries, realizations, and recipes will inspire your own adventures, and you’ll want to share them here.

Pumpkin Scone Recipe from Stranded Foodie


Are you crazy about pumpkin goodies, and love a good moist scone? I sure do!  I made these delectable pumpkin scones over the weekend for our house guests. They were such a big hit, that I wanted to share the recipe with you.

These pumpkin scones remind me of the ones I used to find at Starbucks, very tender and moist with tons of pumpkin flavor. I love that because I’m [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with White Chocolate Chips


I’m so glad it’s fall and I’m dreaming of all the things I love baked with pumpkin. Why there’s pumpkin donuts, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, and I especially like a good pumpkin muffin. Add some warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, and I’ll have the perfect delectable breakfast goodie to enjoy [Read more…]

Happy Halloween! ~ from Stranded Foodie


Since today is Halloween, I just thought I would share some photos of one of my favorite shops that always has some of the best Halloween decorations I’ve ever seen. This little shop is called Quintessence or as some of us call it, Q’s for short. Located in Menlo [Read more…]

Ghoulish Buffalo Wing Meatball Recipe from Stranded Foodie


I have such a fondness for the taste of buffalo wings with that spicy red hot sauce and some creamy blue cheese dressing to cool off the heat. Oh, my… yummers! Okay, I don’t really eat them that often because they are so addictive and so darn naughty. And once in a full moon, I feel the need to be [Read more…]

Wickedly Good Cream Cheese Butter Cookie Recipe ~ from Stranded Foodie


During high school (and I’m talking quite some time ago), I would visit my friend’s house and her mother always had a plate of these cookies on hand for us to enjoy. They are so buttery with a [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Spiderweb Spiced Brown Butter Cupcake Recipe

Have you seen those adorable little cupcakes with a spiderweb design piped right into the icing? Way cool for Halloween! They are pretty easy to create and I’m going use this delectable spiced brown butter cupcake recipe. Spice cake is perfect for Halloween.

The brown butter is mixed with the spices to give a great depth of flavor to the cupcake. Then, I’ll top off each cupcake with a yummy spiced cream cheese icing. For the spiderweb, I’ll use some caramel sauce that I already have on hand and place it into a plastic squeeze [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Halloween Cider-Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Halloween is almost here and I love to make a great cocktail for my Halloween celebration. This year I’m making a cider-bourbon martini that has a hint of lemon and orange. Bourbon seems to be making a come back, and it pairs so nicely with apple cider.

I picked up some apple cider from my farmer’s market so it will make this yummy cocktail perfect. That’s the key, try [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Two Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

Ahh, fall. My favorite season. With cooler weather, football games, and Halloween coming up, I love to cozy up to a good hearty bowl of chili. Topped off with a big dollop of sour cream, some crunchy oyster crackers, and a handful of grated cheddar cheese that’s all melted and gooey on top. After one bite, I feel like I’m on cloud 9! [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Halloween Salted Buttery Caramel Corn Recipe

I absolutely love Halloween, especially all the fall treats. Okay, maybe some fun spooky tricks in there too. After all, tricks or treats is what Halloween is all about. 

One of my favorite treats to make is my buttery crunchy caramel corn. This is a cool recipe to make with your kids. When you add the baking soda with the salt and vanilla to the caramel sauce, a little science takes place and the caramel quickly bubbles up into a spellbinding witches type of brew. 

When the caramel corn is finished and still warm, I like to add a sprinkle of good sea salt or fleur de sel. Or, good [Read more…]