Meyer Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

Meyer lemon and lavender shortbread is a delightful combination of California flavors mixed into a simple, eggless cookie dough. I love Chicago like a human being. I think it’s the greatest city in the world. It has art, culture, music, grit, and the people are unparalleled.   While New York City is narcissistically cool and San…

How to Make Croissants (for Beginners)

Learn how to make croissants with this step-by-step tutorial. This recipe is designed to help beginners practice creating homemade laminated dough without committing to a full croissant recipe.   Croissants are humbling pastries. They’re flaky, buttery, delicate bread that can be made into sweet or savory snacks that you can find in any and every…

Maple-Walnut Pie

Maple-Walnut Pie is similar to the classic pecan pie but this recipe captures the flavor of maple syrup without the shocking sweetness of the holiday favorite. There’s something magical about a pie contest.  Some of the most humble, least competitive people get mixed up in the anxiety that only a serious challenge can incite.  It’s…

South Carolina Coconut Cupcakes

These coconut cupcakes are my take on the Ultimate Coconut Cake from Charleston’s Peninsula Grill. The original recipe is made up of 12 layers of cake between sheaths of custard; this recipe takes all of the same elements and shrinks them down to single servings.  South Carolina is full of surprises, not least of which…

Peach Galette

The peach galette is a free-form pie. It takes all the usual elements of a regular pie to create a rustic pastry that celebrates the Peach State’s finest asset.  I’ve been thinking about working my way through all of the state desserts — you know, with my own twist. I was going to  start with…

Maple Rhubarb Tarts

One of the things I love about food is that it has the power to take us to times and places that might otherwise be forgotten.  It’s an all-sensory experience. You see its shapes and shades, feel its textures, hear its crunch and sizzle, smell the warm aromas and, of course, taste its layers of…

Marathon Brownies

There aren’t many ways to elevate a brownie; it’s a nearly perfect confection as it is. It’s portable, easy to make and a little too easy on the palate. You can’t make it more delicious or more chocolatey… but you can make it healthier. I’ve experienced many iterations of the brownie and the healthy brownie…

Nutella Recipes That Will Blow Your Mind

From brownies to peanut butter cookies these Nutella recipes turn dessert into an event. I love to kid myself into thinking that Nutella is a nut spread when clearly it is not. I’m pretty sure it was invented just so people would have an excuse to keep frosting in the fridge at all times. While…

Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Cake

Here’s another great thing about living in California: Coworkers who have an overabundance of fruit from their Meyer lemon trees bring the excess to the office to get rid of them. And when work hands me Meyer lemons, I make Meyer lemon cake. BUT…  if you don’t know what a Meyer lemon is, you’re not…

A Taste of New Orleans: Muffaletta

We’re just a few weeks away from Mardi Gras and I had grand ambitions of making something to celebrate from La Cuisine Creole — it’s basically a New Orleans cook’s bible. It was first published in 1885 and it is amazing. It’s written earnestly with phrases and ideas that date itself… some need translation and…