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Prune and Cognac Clafoutis

Prune and Cognac Clafoutis

Cognac is a wonderful French brandy that is full of rich flavors that include raisins, apples, warm spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee), wood and toast – and that is to name only a few of the flavors you might encounter. The exact flavor profile of cognac varies between blends, between brands and between cognacs that bear different age statements. Though some of the tasting notes may ... Read More »

Cherry Julep

Cherry Julep

Mint juleps are simple, refreshing cocktails that offer a boozy way to beat the heat on a hot day. Many of us associate them with the Kentucky Derby, as they are the official cocktail of that particular event, but they can be enjoyed any time of year. The basic recipe is made with nothing more than bourbon, mint, a little sugar and a lot of ... Read More »

Carrot Oatmeal Quick Bread

Carrot Oatmeal Quick Bread

Carrot cake isn’t really a breakfast food, though it does contain a serving of veggies (well, sort of!), because it is usually fortified with quite a bit of sugar and topped with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting. If you’re a fan of carrot cake but want a more breakfast-friendly format, give this Carrot Oatmeal Quick Bread a try! The bread has many of ... Read More »

Mango Pavlovas

Mango Pavlova

Pavlovas are a wonderful way to showcase fresh fruits. The desserts are based around a large meringue, which is crisp on the outside and marshmallowy inside, that is piled with softly whipped cream and fresh fruit. Of course, you can get creative with a plain pavlova and introduce all kinds of custards, chocolates and other goodies to it, but I am partial to simple configurations ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles

These Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles are a cross between a classic sugar cookie and a traditional peanut butter cookie, for a cookie that delivers the best of both in every bite. The cookies start with a peanut butter cookie dough that, like most snickerdoodles, is leavened with a blend of cream of tartar and baking soda. Each ball of dough is rolled in cinnamon sugar before ... Read More »

Ginger Bourbon Smash

Ginger Bourbon Smash

A smash is a style of cocktail where some of the ingredients – often fruit or herbs – are smashed in the bottom of the glass to release their flavors, just as the name suggests. A julep would actually fall under the umbrella of a smash, as the mint is muddled before other ingredients are added to the cocktail, but citrus fruit is also commonly ... Read More »

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Self Rising Buttermilk Biscuits

When I was a kid, my family did not bake biscuits from scratch. We used refrigerated biscuit dough, which offers an easy and tasty option when you want biscuits in a hurry. My favorite biscuits were the ones that produced flaky layers. They were easy to pull apart so that I could spread them with butter or jam, but they were still light and fluffy. ... Read More »

Key Lime Vinegar Pie

Key Lime Vinegar Pie

Vinegar pie is a very old fashioned style of pie, one that dates back many, many decades. The idea behind the pie is that shelf-stable vinegar can add a bright tang to a custard pie that would ordinarily use citrus (like lemon) when citrus was out of season. Since we can easily get citrus all year round these days, it gives you an idea of ... Read More »

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