Rainbow on a Platter

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Standard sweet potato fries get a violet twist with the addition of a Japanese sweet potato. The mauve exterior and pale buttery flesh pair up beautifully with the rust orange of the traditional sweet potato we see so frequently in the south. The nuances in flavor and texture make this combination of warm…

Cheesin’ in Savannah

An extended weekend in Savannah during the spring brings wavy cobblestone paths, jasmine-scented air, and over-indulgence at its finest. The food and beer scene in this historic southern city goes far beyond the energetic atmosphere of River Street; it laces throughout magnolia-lined walkways of this homey hood studded with pearls of delight! One of our…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcookies

A warm oven transforms dough and candy into delectable cookie nests that softly envelop rich Reese’s Cups. 1 Package Miniature Dark Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Cups 1 ¾ Cup AP Flour 1 Tsp. Baking Soda 1 Tsp. Kosher Salt 1 Stick Butter, Room Temperature 1 Egg, Room Temperature 1 ¼ Cup Brown Sugar 1 Tsp. Vanilla…

Panini by Numbers

Similar to so many conveniences in our lives – drive-thrus , the internet, individual sized ANYTHING – possessing a Panini maker is not vital to our survival. However. Having one in your possession, experiencing the evenly melted cheese completely warmed through in between bread with perfectly pressed grill marks, is life changing… or just meal…

Quarky Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These muffins contain an ingredient I had never baked with prior… Quark! For those unfamiliar with Quark, never fear, the name represents something very simple and delicious. This quirky cousin to yogurt is actually a cheese. As a fan of Greek yogurt and its high protein content, I felt intrigued when I discovered this alternative….

Faux Fromage

Cheese has a warm and gooey place in my heart. Creamy Havarti, briny feta, soft brie, silky mozzarella, salty parmesan… I love cheese. But. I also empathize with the vegan plight to achieve successful alternatives that emulate all that is delectable about cheesy perfection. In that vein, I found a delightful experience in sampling the…

Turn that Frown UpsideBrownie

Salted Double Dark Chocolate Brownies Problem: Figurative sandbags filled with soot and grime weigh down each emotional and physical limb of your body. Solution: Engage in the gentle therapy of manipulating butter, sugar, and chocolate. You’ll feel better, and then these brownies will happen. Win-win all around. 1 ¼ Cups AP Flour 1 ¼ Cups…

You Can Dough Your Own Way

Pizza dough is edible canvas in its purest form. My big sister graciously passed along this simple Classic Pizza Dough recipe! It inspired me to attempt a switch up of ingredients involving honey and whole wheat flour. Both crusts are pleasantly thin and chewy, sans sogginess, and with a crisp edge. Neither is superior, as each…

Shadow Cookies

AKA Oatmeal Chocolate Chip What these cookies lack in thickness, they make up for in an immersive textural experience. Crisp edges, craggy oatmeal, and a softy chewy center rounded out with smooth chocolate… these wispy cookies are as seemingly simple yet actually complex as a shadow. While baking often requires precision, I often prefer to…

Go FIGure

Leaves rough as a cat’s tongue cover the wispy silver trunk of our new fig tree friend, Miss Figgy. As this fig tree grows, her unusual shape will fit perfectly in our less than uniform garden. She now sits no taller than two beer cans on top of a short wooden crate. We celebrated a…

I’m about to Butter your Blondie

Brown Butter Blondies with Salted Chocolate Caramel Swirl Indulge in some abstract edible artwork that is all about butter, salt, and swirl. 2 Sticks Butter 2 Cups Brown Sugar 2 Eggs, Room Temperature 2 Tsp. Vanilla 2 Cups AP Flour ½ Tsp. Baking Soda ¼ Tsp. Baking Powder ½ Tsp. Kosher Salt Jar of Salted…

Basil for Your Thoughts

A new herb box joined the backyard to frolic with our other attempts at gardening. These additions to the family include cinnamon basil (yet to be used) and purple basil, with deep red violet leaves not usually associated with this generally verdant herb. The perfume from a flower can’t be beat, unless it is competing…