Is it wrong to make the same Christmas dessert two years in a row? Does it help if you have a dessert buffet with a variety of options? I served these Vanilla Cranberry Creams last Christmas where they were definitely a hit. Every year I try something new, but this year’s new recipes have failed repeatedly (that is two … Continue reading
You have to love the bounty of fall. Especially if you are graced with cases of peaches and some new peach recipes! Today I made Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins for the third time–they disappear like magic. Of course baking with peaches has its own fringe benefit. You are forced to eat any odd bruised slices–it wouldn’t do to bake with … Continue reading
Remember the old saying about the hammer & nail? It goes like this: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well I have a seasonal food version: If you have two big cases of peaches, everything looks like a peach recipe.
Around a year ago I saw a picture of a beautiful Cherry Clafoutis (cla-foo-tee). A tart of ruby bright cherries enveloped in a smooth, custardy filling, it was an image I just couldn’t shake. I was struggling, however, because organic cherries are almost impossible to find and their conventional counterparts are particularly chemical-laden. So I decided to ad-lib. Although cherries … Continue reading
I can’t shake the image. I am in a western saloon with wooden swinging doors, a long rustic bar and men in suspenders with open vests. One of the men grabs another by the lapel, shoves him roughly and mutters “plum drunken fool.” But my plum drunken fool is something completely different. A mixture of plums, bathed in spices and … Continue reading
All my blogging friends were eating it–speculoos, or cookie butter. I went right down to Trader Joe’s for a jar of my own. Little did I know that it could lead to a Cookie Butter Braided Bread. If you haven’t had speculoos it is almost like a spreadable spice cookie. Based on a traditional Northern European holiday cookie, it can … Continue reading
A few years back it was the buzz around town. One of our local restaurants, the White Gull Inn, was a finalist in the Good Morning America (GMA) Best Breakfast contest. Their breakfasts are amazing and the Inn is totally cute, so I can’t say any of the regular patrons were surprised when they took first place. Plus it’s tough … Continue reading
My recipe for Lemon Lavender cupcakes is brand new on paper–but has a long history. I had my first taste at a favorite restaurant years ago, which left me with slightly obsessed. Not that food bloggers are prone to obsession or anything…. After that first taste, there were initial baking attempts (which failed), attempts for the 2011 Picnic Game (failed), … Continue reading
Last winter, blessed with an abundance of citrus, I made lemon curd. We spread it on scones, laced it through crepes and topped British biscuits (which I even made special trips to buy). Fast forward to summer. Strawberry season. Strawberry curd. Even better. Think if strawberry jam and buttercream frosting had a child.
Have you learned any good food (or health) lessons lately? I recently learned not to step on the scale first thing on a holiday morning. Yup, that got Mother’s Day brunch scratched right off my list. But instead I made Maple Vanilla Granola. So maybe do step on the scale–it could lead to something tasty! The granola I make is … Continue reading