Recipes

PUMPKIN SAFFRON ROLLS

“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” The opening line to my favorite ghost story is a good one, isn’t it? Rebecca, the Hitchcock film based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic novel, is a sweeping, psychological thriller about how the past never really leaves you. And I know it sounds cliche – because it is – but […]
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SHEPHERD’S (OR COTTAGE) PIE

Benji’s birthday was a couple of months ago, and when the big day arrived, his birthday request was Shepherd’s Pie and Aunt Tina’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Just to clarify, in case the shepherd’s pie didn’t tip you off, Benji is the British contingent of the Thomas family.  Married to my cousin Erica, and soon to be dad to the first […]
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WHITE CHOCOLATE MATCHA LATTE

Matcha is one of my favorite flavors. Sweet and bitter, green and floral, dusty and creamy – it’s all the things. Topped with foamed milk it’s heavenly, blended with white chocolate and whipped cream it’s the perfect sipping dessert. This drink is definitely a slow sipper, but then again, that’s how matcha is best enjoyed. INGREDIENTS For 2 large mugs […]
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NO BAKE PUMPKIN PIE CHEESECAKE

At one of my first jobs out of college, a coworker, who hated cooking, brought in a no bake pumpkin pie cheesecake the day before Thanksgiving break. I was honestly incredulous. It sounded like the kind of thing involving mostly cans, like a molded atrocity from a 1950s cookbook. But as I took a polite bite, I was surprised. It […]
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CUSTARD SCRAMBLED EGGS

I’ve always been a crispy scrambled eggs person – I love when they get a bit of a golden brown crust on the bottom. But I’ve recently learned to appreciate the beauty of perfectly custard-y scrambled eggs. They’re a bit decadent, and so delicate. On top of some buttered toast with a sprinkling of herbs, they make the perfect bite. […]
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CARBONARA POLENTA

Carbonara is one of those comfort foods that just makes me happy. It’s so simple: guanciale, cream, egg, and pecorino, with lots of black pepper. Typically you’ll find it swimming between toothsome tendrils of pasta, but today I decided to mix it up. Poached eggs on cheesy grits is another comfort food favorite of mine, and the grits/polenta seemed like […]
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SOUR MILK BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Vintage cookbooks are the heartbeat of my kitchen. I turn to them constantly, slowly peeling the pages back, searching for inspiration, entertainment, or to dip my toe into a time I never knew. I also find wonderful surprises in them, like this recipe for blueberry muffins. Obviously, if you need a recipe for blueberry muffins, you turn to The Blueberry […]
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RICE KRISPIES TREAT COOKIES

One of my laziest, easiest tricks for creating a recipe, is to take two recipes, and smoosh them together. In today’s case, it’s ANZAC biscuits + Rice Krispies Treats. These are both nostalgic sweets for me, and it makes perfect sense to put them together. ANZAC biscuits are chewy with a toffee flavor, which comes from the golden syrup; and […]
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JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES

Junk Food Smoothies are my new favorite thing. I resent diets so much. I went on a juice cleanse once, for eight hours, and by the end of the day I was practically snarling and foaming at the mouth.  Will power is not something I possess in the face of food.  I can muster the strength to say, “No Claire, […]
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CAMPFIRE GRILLED CHEESE

I’m a collector. Well, more of a hoarder, but when I get my act together and clean up I’m back to being a collector. I collect basically anything food related. Mostly vintage cookbooks, linens, antique glassware, serving-ware and odds and ends. But this little gadget was new to me, mostly because I’m not particularly outdoorsy: the cast iron pie cooker.  […]
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