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Peach Crumble Bars

Peach Crumble Bars

I’m baaaaack! Just in time for the thick of summer when I usually begin winding down due to lazy, hot days. Days when I would much rather open a bottle of rosé and plop an ice cube into the glass while kicking my feet up […]

Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts with Maple Butter Glaze

Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts with Maple Butter Glaze

Hello! It’s been a second since I’ve spent some time here and I’m glad to be back. We’ve had a busy fall with some travel and excitement around these parts so not much cooking has been done. I  have some travel posts upcoming up from the South […]

Grilled Peaches with Whiskey Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Peaches with Whiskey Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream

Since we’re in the thick of summer weather, I bet not many folks are willing to turn on their oven these days. That’s perfectly acceptable and nobody understands not wanting to heat up the house better than me. However, I am willing to toss dessert […]

Banana Split Bites with Whiskey Caramel and Homemade Magic Shell

Banana Split Bites with Whiskey Caramel and Homemade Magic Shell

These hot and humid summer days do not call for turning on the oven. Instead, let’s keep it simple and cool down with miniature banana split bites, adult style. What makes these special is the whiskey caramel and homemade magic shell. Colorful sprinkles make it […]

Plum Palate Cleanser

Plum Palate Cleanser

I have fond memories of Santa Rosa Plums. In fact, these memories run so deep that I am forever ruined when it comes to other plum varieties, they are just not good enough. When we were growing up, our neighbors in the back had a […]

Santa Rosa Plum and Cherry Cake

Santa Rosa Plum and Cherry Cake

Santa Rosa plums have officially taken over our fridge. This is the first year the trees produced more than 3 pieces of fruit. It was a huge surprise when we saw the countless tiny green beginnings of immature plums. I didn’t want to get my hopes […]

Cocoa Nib Macarons with Bourbon Vanilla Buttercream

Cocoa Nib Macarons with Bourbon Vanilla Buttercream

It’s been a while since I’ve had macarons and I am especially missing the fabulous Pierre Herme kind from this trip. I haven’t found anything remotely close in my part of town so I decided to make my own. At least this way I could […]

Classic Chocolate Layer Cake

Classic Chocolate Layer Cake

This past week I had an itch I could not scratch, a craving that could not be satisfied. No amount of cookies or sweet cereal was even coming close. Every once in a while I get mean cravings for a classic chocolate layer cake. No […]

Lemon Basil Cakes with Rhubarb Compote

Lemon Basil Cakes with Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb is one of those vegetables that I’ve never come around to trying, until now. Previously, I knew about rhubarb pies, rhubarb and strawberry compotes for topping ice cream, and rhubarb jam. While these all sound fine, they never piqued my interest because: 1) I’m […]

Meringue Cookies: Pistachio and Vanilla

Meringue Cookies: Pistachio and Vanilla

Santa Ana winds and dry air is not a news worthy event, except serving as a reminder for me to take my allergy meds. Nevertheless, I was overjoyed at this weather pattern as of late. Surely you must be wondering what on earth this has to […]

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