Recipes

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE LAVENDER COOKIES

Chewy, rich, and extraordinarily chocolatey, these cookies make me happy. I love lavender as a flavor, so I add it whenever I can, but these cookies are delicious without it as well. They spread A LOT, so if you want them like bars, feel free to put the balls of dough closer together together. Enjoy! For 18 large cookies INGREDIENTS […]
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SCONE CAKE WITH STONE FRUIT

This cake is a whole mess of things I was working on in the kitchen. I made pastry cream for another recipe, a layer cake I think, and had bought too much fruit at the farmer’s market. Then, I decided to attempt baking a Basque cake for the thousandth time, and failed because I misread the recipe and added too […]
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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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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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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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ONE PAN TERIYAKI DINNER

Fifteen minute dinners are a thing of wonder, and what I especially love about this one is that it uses one cooking pan, so there’s very little clean up. Also, who doesn’t love teriyaki? And once you make your own, you won’t find yourself buying a bottle because it’s so damn easy and delicious. This recipe features salmon, but any […]
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AUNT TINA’S CHECKERBOARD CAKE

I’ve teased my Aunt Tina that her buttermilk cake recipe is the foundation of her cake repertoire, and I’m not wrong. The buttermilk cake is a perfect vanilla cake – moist, not too sweet, and so versatile – so it’s no surprise it has served as the bedrock for most of my aunt’s vintage inspired cakes. In this recipe, it […]
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CITRUS FENNEL TAHINI SALAD

I love creamy dressings. They can take a meh salad and make it feel practically decadent – ok, not really, but definitely more substantive at least. Tahini, for the uninitiated, is a sesame puree that you’ll find in a lot of sauces in the middle east, like hummus.  It’s delicious, and adds a lovely warmth and creaminess to anything it’s […]
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THE TURTLE DOVE

Inspired by the Paloma, which means dove in Spanish, I named this whiskey/grapefruit combination after a dove found in Kentucky – the turtle dove. The bright and slightly bitter grapefruit juice is perfect with the slightly sweet and smokey whiskey.   INGREDIENTS 2 ounces whiskey 1 ounce grapefruit juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup grapefruit bitters dash of vanilla extract DIRECTIONS […]
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