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Barrel Aged Vanilla Ice Cream

Barrel Aged Vanilla Ice Cream

The other day, I posted instructions on how to make barrel-aged vanilla extract at home. The aged extract is delicious on its own, far more so than regular vanilla extracts, but you might need some ideas on how to showcase this special extract once you’ve made it. I recommend substituting it for regular vanilla in a recipe where vanilla is the star. Vanilla cakes, custards, ... Read More »

Mocha Chip Brownies

Mocha Chip Brownies

These Mocha Chip Brownies may seem simple at first glance, but their short ingredient list only means that they are easy to make, not lacking in flavor. They are some of the most delicious brownies that I’ve had in a while – so tasty that I made two batches in two days just to meet the demand of my tasters. These brownies have just the ... Read More »

How to Make A Classic Daiquiri

How to Make A Classic Daiquiri

A daiquiri is a fantastic cocktail that has been finding its way back into the spotlight over the past couple of years. Though it was absent from cocktail bar menus for a couple of decades, the drink has a very long history. The drink was supposedly invented in Cuba around the turn of the 20th century, then brought back to New York by American fans, ... Read More »

Cherry Almond Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

Cherry Almond Biscotti with Chocolate Chips

One of the types cookies to fill up your cookie jar is biscotti. They’re not only delicious, but these twice-baked cookies have a fantastic shelf life, which means that one batch will provide you with at least a week’s worth of snacks (and that’s if you’re sharing!). Biscotti are also incredibly versatile, as you can make them in a wide variety of flavors. These Cherry ... Read More »

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Galette

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Galette

Galettes are free-form tarts that are typically filled with fresh fruit, but the fillings aren’t limited to fruit and you can get creative to make some very delicious combinations in this style of rustic tart. My Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Galette does use fresh blueberries, pairing them with a layer of lemony cream cheese for a combination that brings two treats into one for a very ... Read More »

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract at Home (Without a Barrel)

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract

Many spirits are barrel-aged, including rum, whiskey and even gin, to name a few, because spending time in a barrel softens the bite of the alcohol and adds additional flavors to the spirit. Most – but not all – spirits are aged in oak barrels and the wood will add slightly different properties depending on how it was prepared. These days, people have been experimenting ... Read More »

Banana Batida

Banana Batida

While the caipirinha is one of the most famous cocktails in Brazil, it isn’t the only one. A batida is a blended cocktail that is typically made with cachaça and juice, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk or some combination of those ingredients. Since it is blended, batidas tend to be sweeter and less potent than other cocktails, including the caipirinha, and are wonderful for sipping ... Read More »

One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies

One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies

The only thing better than a great batch of blondies or brownies is a great batch that can be mixed up in only a few minutes using just one mixing bowl. My One-Bowl Brown Butter Blondies are just such a recipe. They’re deliciously addictive and very easy to make. You don’t even need a mixer to bring this batter together; the batter can be mixed entirely ... Read More »

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