Recipes

FANCY PANTS MARSHMALLOWS

Happiness is a homemade marshmallow nestled in a cup of steaming hot cocoa.  Or actually, happiness is about one minute later, when the marshmallow starts to melt, slowly enveloping the chocolate in a blanket of white sweetness.  Of course it’s easiest to reach into a bag and pop a jet puffed marshmallow on top of your cup, but if you […]
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ONE RECIPE = FOUR COOKIES

I hate doing more work than I have to in the kitchen.  Seriously, what’s the point? And with the holidays upon us, the last thing we need is more stress in the kitchen. So if you’re in a Christmas cookie mood (and who isn’t?), I’ve got you covered. One simple shortbread recipe, dolled up four ways: classic shortbread cookies, black […]
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EGG NOG

Egg nog is a bit polarizing.  Essentially, it’s melted ice cream with some booze, so if you like that sort of thing, you’ll love egg nog, if you don’t, you’ll hate it with the fire of a thousand suns.  I’m in the former camp. I love creamy, rich, dessert-y things with booze, so egg nog wins for me. Plus, it’s […]
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GINGERBREAD MADELEINES WITH MOLASSES GLAZE

Intensely flavored, appearing in the form of a moist cake or a crisp cookie, what could capture the holidays better than gingerbread? The scent of the spices is like the sound of bells, immediately evoking the season. I love mixing flavors and techniques, especially in baking, so I thought it would be fun to take the intensity of gingerbread and […]
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DARK CHOCOLATE VELVET MOUSSE

I have a joke about dessert menus. Not really a joke, more of an observation that is usually met with tacit, polite laughter. When a menu has a chocolate option and a doughnut option, and then a fruit option, there’s no way they actually make the fruit option. They have it on the menu to round it out, but no […]
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FALL SANGRIA

Sangria is usually designated as a summer time drink, it is wine with ice cubes in it after all, but I love it in the fall. Imagine mulled wine, but a little sexier, and definitely served before dinner as an aperitif. This recipe is one of my favorites, using seasonal fruit like apples and pears, and instead of classic red […]
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TWO INGREDIENT COCKTAILS

Two ingredient cocktails? Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but two ingredient cocktails are not only possible, but delicious too. Today I invited my dear friend Whitney Adams to share some of her favorite simple drinks to whip together in a flash. Check out the video for details. Cheers! INGREDIENTS (FM) 1 ounce Campari 3 ounces Sweet Riesling DIRECTIONS Combine […]
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CRUDITES SALAD WITH BUTTERMILK RANCH

Restraint is the essence of elegance to me: discretion versus being a chatterbox; the perfect single accessory instead of and abundance of adornment; it’s having the confidence to demonstrate simplicity when everyone else is making things complicated and pretentious. That is why I love serving crudite platters at dinner parties. Fresh, gorgeous vegetables, served simply. cutting radishes into roses only […]
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