Recipes

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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MY COOKIE SWAP

Every year I host a ladies only (mostly) cookie swap. Or at least, no husbands/boyfriends allowed cookie swap. If someone brings a husband or boyfriend, they’re banished to “husband island,” aka Craig’s TV room where him and my brother watch Parks and Rec reruns.  I love the cookie swap. It’s simple. I make hot chocolate and marshmallows, and a plate […]
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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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COCONUT SNOW CLOUDS

Cloud cake is the perfect name for this lighter than air recipe. It tastes as though it needs a weight attached to the plate to keep it from floating off the table. Unlike a pavlova, this layered dessert is made with a soft, spongey meringue, and layered like a small cake with spiked whipped cream. Flakes of barely toasted coconut […]
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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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VEGAN CHEESE BOARD

Food should be nourishing and delicious. It sounds simple, right? With sweets especially, it can be so hard to find treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. My friend Laurel, the baker behind the grain-free and refined-sugar-free (and sometimes vegan) goodness known as Sweet Laurel Bakery, has shared some of her simplest and most satisfying […]
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DINNER ROLLS WITH WHIPPED SAGE BROWN BUTTER

These soft, fluffy dinner rolls are the perfect conveyance for butter. Somehow, it’s impossible to over butter them. And what a butter! Butter browned with sage, and then cooled and whipped to spreadable perfection. Whipped brown butter is my THING now. It makes everything more delicious, even warm dinner rolls. INGREDIENTS [DINNER ROLLS]: 6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for […]
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TOASTED COCONUT BLACKOUT DOUGHNUTS

These are some classic, fried-dough style doughnuts. Or is it donuts? I’ve never really understood if the extra “u-g-h” was a stylistic choice, or an actual differentiation, but, as with most pedantic questions, does it really matter? Toasted coconut adds warmth to the rich, dark, and I’ll say it – bitter – dark chocolate. For some reason “bitter” turns people […]
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RUM HOT TODDY WITH CHAI

It’s that time of year where bowls and ladles and little cups are a totally appropriate response to a group of people at your door.  Hot Toddies are the perfect cold weather drink to sip on by the fire place: sweet, spicy in a spice drawer kind of way, a touch of lemon, and of course…some kind of booze.  But […]
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