Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Crunch Muffins and a Pie Contest

Who starts baking at 11:30 on a Saturday night? This girl. I had spent the entire day staring at literally hundreds of pies as part of a huge city-wide pie contest held at my work, each pie—huckleberry, raspberry chocolate cream, pecan—working my sweet tooth into a frenzy. You would think that after moving dozens of… Continue reading Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Crunch Muffins and a Pie Contest

Everyday Chocolate Cake with Melted Chocolate Glaze

This is a cake with an identity crisis. It’s known by dessert enthusiasts as Wacky Cake or Busy Day Chocolate Cake, but to me, its official moniker shall forever be Everyday Chocolate Cake. It takes nothing more than a quick mix right in the cake pan and it’s ready to pop in the oven. Chocolate… Continue reading Everyday Chocolate Cake with Melted Chocolate Glaze

Raspberry Almond Olive Oil Cake with Agave

This cake came out of the need to find a low-sugar dessert for a birthday picnic. Talking through some recipes with a friend, I landed on my Berry Lemon Almond Tea Cakes, which I thought sounded like the perfect summer cake, and could easily be adapted to be low-sugar. This new version, is simply an… Continue reading Raspberry Almond Olive Oil Cake with Agave

Jamie’s Apple and Blackberry Pie

This pie recipe has been sitting on the back shelf for almost a year. Every time I see a pint of blackberries at the farmers market, I’m tempted to dust off this recipe and bake. But, I don’t. Instead, I’m distracted by a shiny new recipe that I have to make, immediately. Like this, this,… Continue reading Jamie’s Apple and Blackberry Pie

Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

I’m a bit obsessed with coconut cake, or maybe it’s more the idea of coconut cake and the romantic notions of graceful southern living that I’m more enamored with. Really, I don’t care either way. A traditional dessert in southern American cooking, it’s nothing more than a simple vanilla cake sandwiched between tangy, sweet cream… Continue reading Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

A Little Feast: Orecchiette with Simple Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Salata, Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon, and Roasted Peaches Stuffed with Amaretti Cookies

  This isn’t re-inventing the wheel, and I certainly don’t expect to win any prizes, but this meal was so simple, only requiring minimal input, but giving maximum output. With only a handful of ingredients per dish, this simple feast transforms a tired weeknight dinner into something rustic and very earthy. It’s a celebration of… Continue reading A Little Feast: Orecchiette with Simple Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Salata, Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon, and Roasted Peaches Stuffed with Amaretti Cookies

Marmalade Yogurt Drizzle Cake

I didn’t go to yoga, so I thought I’d bake a cake instead. The anti-yoga as it were.  A quick poke around the fridge led to the discovery of a full jar of marmalade (hello, lovely), followed in quick succession by a look around the internet for a suitable recipe. This recipe, from Ree at The… Continue reading Marmalade Yogurt Drizzle Cake