A few people made their way to my blog this week through a link to some pumpkin snickerdoodles I made last year. This really had me craving them.

On the outside the look like regular snickerdoodles, but on the inside they are a nice golden orange.

I really enjoyed the recipe I tried out last year, but I wanted to create one that uses shortening, which I’ve read is what causes the crackling top for snickerdoodles.

Pumpkin Bread


For me, Fall baking is never complete without several loaves of pumpkin bread. Over the years, I’ve tried many recipes, but this one remains my favorite. Last year, I picked up this Nordic Ware Pumpkin Loaf PanI had been wanting for quite a while. Lucky for me, I got it while it was on sale.

This loaf pan makes cakes, breads, look so much more festive with the pumpkin vines design. I plan on using it a few more times during this pumpkin baking season, but here is the debut.

A few weeks ago, I noticed a grand opening sign for You Zen, located in the La Jolla Colony plaza that houses Vons, Leucadia Pizzeria, etc.

You Zen is a Japanese restaurant serving mainly ramen and curry. Here is the menu:

FH loves curry so he zeroed in on a chicken curry plate, which also came with a small salad.