Sometimes things don’t turn out as expected. Sometimes that is a good thing. Exhibit A-this cake. Far more complex than I imagined in my head- on the first day the spice is more pronounced, by the third day it has mellowed. And on that third day, if you’ve been busy or patient, you will discover […]
One bowl, one pan: one amazing dense and rich dark chocolate cake. This baby was flourless before gluten free was cool. The brown butter and the deep berry notes of the unsweetened chocolate make this marvelously chocolately and not too sweet. Delicious on its own sprinkled with a bit of confectioners sugar or serve with […]
A blend of cooked blueberries and fresh nestled in a crisp vanilla shortbread crust that you can make ahead. Very little prep but oh so much reward. You can bet that anytime I’m on dessert duty this summer this is what you’ll get (unless you ask for chocolate). Guess what I had for breakfast? I […]
A deliciously easy peachy frozen treat that comes together in minutes but can last in the freezer for weeks. The perfect fruity ending to a summer barbecue or a wonderfully cooling mid day treat. Are you drowning in superlatives yet? ‘Cause I’m sorta hot and cranky and so it’s hard for me to get […]
This mix up of all my favorite desserts- cherry pie, cheese cake, any and all tarts is the perfect showcase for gloriously sweet fresh summertime cherries. Fresh Cherry Cheesecake Tart Because I know what pan I baked this in I’m insisting on calling it a tart even though everyone at dinner last night kept complementing […]
Strawberry Rose Popsicle Type Treats (Fruit Pops) Yesterday was the day of the great wallow. Hiding in a dark basement on a sunny day looking through old photos and reveling in sad. Most days I know I’ve got it pretty good, most days I am thankful, thankful for so many things including being blessed with […]
Tender moist cornbread swirled with fresh strawberries and honey. The strawberries, in addition to adding a whole new level of yum to the scent of baking cornbread are also the perfect foil for a tangy vinegar barbecue sauce. Delicious slathered with butter and topped with some of the remaining strawberry sauce. Sub this out for […]
Chocolate Sorbet- no dairy, no ice cream maker, no problem. The best vegan or dairy free desserts are the ones I make in spite of that. Fresh fruit is obvious but chocolate? Ice cream? But somehow I fell down an internet rabbit hole and landed in the land of aquafaba, which is fancy talk for […]
Sourdough Waffles: A tribute The kitchen of my childhood was not ours. We moved around a lot, never more than a few years anywhere, so even though I could give you more details about the kitchens of those houses and apartments (and even for a summer, an Airstream) than any other room; it […]
Like pineapple, the tart sweet of rhubarb pairs brilliantly with this quick yellow cake. The buttery brown sugar sauce bubbles up and mingles with the rhubarb as the cakes bake creating a deliciously addictive glaze. A butter brown sugar sauce so delicious that I didn’t mind one bit that it bubbled up to the top […]
A simple and light sponge cake, made with either duck eggs or chicken eggs, complements fresh spring strawberries and whipped cream. Call this what you will: Chiffon cake without oil or sponge cake, this recipe, if you have a stand mixer, is so easy and such the perfect foil for tart spring strawberries and fresh […]
What to do when the last few bananas go past the eating stage? Start dreaming of banana cream pie. What to do when someone who has a different idea of too ripe eats one of those bananas ? Start dreaming of fritters. Bite sized, heavy on the vanilla and banana with just a hint of […]
Ice cream floats for grown ups. Smoked Maple Bourbon Caramel sauce drizzled over your choice of Milk Chocolate Extra Stout or Double Vanilla Ice Cream and Extra Stout Beer. Yesterday we had an ice cream social, the house full of family, friends, and stout (root beer for the kids). I guess you could also call […]
Celebrate Pi day with Pie. Melty meringue spiced with just a hint of Garam Masala baked over a creamy kiwi lime filling that is tart and sweet and perfectly complemented by a gluten-free graham cracker crust. I’ve had pie on the brain perhaps because 3.1415 was about as far as I ever took to memorize […]
Not too sweet and spiced how you want them these simple to make gluten free graham style crackers are delicious on their own and amazing in pie crusts.
I own a lot of cookbooks but there is only one that is tattered and torn, with bookmarks made from scraps of paper scrawled with recipes shoved between the pages of almost every section, that is the Joy of Cooking. Almost all the staples, the pancakes, the cornbread, started there, those recipes are how I […]
Light and airy with ribbons of dark chocolate swirled in citrus. A soufflé baked in an orange, perfect if you don’t happen to have ramekins lying around the house. Perfect even if you don’t know what a ramekin is because these aren’t hard to make, the most difficult part is getting the orange out of […]
Be still my blueberry heart Biscuit dough subtly scented with vanilla wrapped around blueberry cardamom filling, baked until bubbling. A heart shaped box filled with fruity blueberry love and cardamom. We had this for breakfast but each bite reminded me of shortcake and summer, eating dinner while the sun is still golden on the tips […]
With just enough meyer lemon to brighten your day these scones don’t need glaze to be delicious. But why not add a bit of sweet tea? Another layer of citrus flavor? All I had to do to make these scones on a week day was get out of bed a half hour earlier than usual. […]
Bold and spicy ginger cookies, slightly less sweet than their ginger snap cousins. With a creamy filling chock full of ruby-red grapefruit citrus summer in a cup flavor and color this is an English tea cookie that will warm your toes and sooth your soul.
Tender sugar cookies that melt on the tip of your tongue: the scent of cardamom with an apple caramel chaser. Each half, now together, and greater than the sum of its parts.
My love affair with spiced apple cider continues. And I finally made a caramel sauce I’m completely happy with. Not grainy, with a subtle apple back-note. The secret, it turns out, is only paying some attention. A sort of half-assed state of Zen where I am at the stove but not at the stove; in […]
Fresh apples given depth with a splash of spiced cider and the familiar comfort of French toast: served baked or grilled in the waffle iron. Make your breakfast deliciously easy or a wee bit fancy.
Primal Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Perfect to make ahead and serve at a holiday party: these paleo friendly cupcakes just happen to be gluten and starch free. They are also made without refined sugars, which turns the sweet down a few notches. Your guests will love them and then you can tell them […]
Satsuma mandarin oranges blended whole with rooibos tea for orangetastic, simple, tender muffins flecked with poppy seeds and topped with an optional orange glaze. Let’s be honest. Okay, I’ll be honest. My ingredient lists are largely dictated by what I have lying around. Rooibos tea. Satsuma oranges. Let’s be really honest. I am not […]
Remember that bread pudding with the rum butter sauce that was actually made from the glaze for a pound cake that unless you live here you do not remember? Okay, well then do you remember the fresh cranberry relish? The one I spread on bagels? The one that made a wicked grilled cheese sandwich? I’m […]
poached apple pie pockets served with spiced apple cider reduction Okay maybe this ingredient isn’t so secret and flakiest isn’t the exact word to describe the difference. Don’t get me wrong this crust is flaky, and easy to work with, and puffs up more than any crust I’ve ever made—but it also seems more refined, more […]
Let’s continue with cranberries. I can’t resist. I love this time of year when bags of fresh cranberries are prominently displayed at my favorite market. I’m not even making Thanksgiving dinner this year but that won’t stop me. This most simple version of fresh cranberry relish is wonderful with cream cheese on a toasted […]
Studded with fresh cranberries this delicious dessert can (and should) be made several hours ahead. Bake while dinner is on the table. Drizzle with a subtly spiced homemade butter rum sauce and there are no leftovers. But we begin as we often do with a remnant, leftovers forgotten on the middle shelf of the fridge. […]
Lying in bed predawn with only the glow of my smart phone to give color to the gloom. Did I suffer from insomnia before the internet? How ever did I fill those hours? What story remains unwritten because I just checked Facebook? What classic remains unread because of Words with Friends? Enough! Out of bed […]
“What’s that?” Her hands are covered in butter but she’s scratching her nose oblivious and the cabinet doors are also buttered and floured- ready to bake. The homey scent of apple and onion floats around her like a homespun halo. She turns towards you and repeats the question, the tip of her nose decidedly not dairy […]
I’ve been there, in the freezer aisle of the supermarket, eyeing the frozen cheesecakes but fighting the urge to buy one because I know when I get home I’ll eat the whole thing, still frozen, barely torn from the box. I know because I’ve done it. More than once. I was younger then […]
This began with a late night craving for vanilla pudding and, after a shaggy dog series of steps, evolved into some mighty fine layered popsicles.
Every Wednesday I go to the farmers’ market downtown and buy a half flat of berries- four blue and two raspberry- and strap them to the back of my scooter, which makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn until I catch my reflection in a passing shop window.
The lilacs are just blooming in Maine. Once, a million summers ago, I drove from San Francisco to Maine and witnessed spring five times, like a film reversing, fast forwarding, looping back, tulips in slow mo, and lilacs three times. Our lilacs are just husks now and the first round of sugar snap peas have […]