As Pretty As a Peach Bars

Slice a peach cleanly in half and gently pull the pit from the center, revealing blushed craggy walls. This textured core gives way to juicy ochre flesh surrounded by skin that echoes the simultaneous soft and rough quality of a cat’s tongue. The sweet tang of a perfectly ripe peach is irresistible and can’t be…

Pearfect Pie

Every once in a millennium (hyperbole) the sprawling pear tree that lives in the backyard of the people responsible for my presence in this world likes to blossom and bear fruit. The arbitrary – or should I say arbor-trary – nature of this woody perennial to emit fruit made every summer of childhood either incredibly…

“Tea, Earl Grey, Hot”

Sometimes, I like my muffins the way Captain Picard likes his tea. This unique muffin gives off the aroma of bananas paired with rich black tea that has been traditionally flavored with bergamot oil and lavender. A combo of whole wheat flour and AP flour adds a slight earthiness while keeping the muffin light. This muffin is…

Will Blueberry Me?

Even if walking down the aisle is not part of your future plans, you will fall in love with these blueberry confections and enter a blissful world of muffintrimony. The secret? Juicy blueberries picked at the peak of ripeness, carefully washed and packed in the freezer, used along with that seemingly fancy concoction known as…

You got the kind of lovin’ that can be so Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Smoothie “Man, it’s a hot one Like seven inches from the midday sun Well, I hear you whisper and the words melt everyone But you stay so cool” -Smooth, by Santana Rob Thomas and Santana ain’t (yeah I use that word sometimes) got nothing on this frozen breakfast milkshake. Well, they do musically,…

Strawberrily Baking It

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Father’s Day 2016 Once or twice a year I make a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for my dad, because he loves it. No two Strawberry Rhubarb pies are ever exactly the same. Sometimes I use frozen strawberries, sometimes I add cinnamon, sometimes I add lemon zest … it varies depending on convenience and…

What’s not to Loave?

Raspberry Pineapple Banana Bread Mini Loaves This is a dessert with a message of COEXISTENCE. Could I have picked one element to highlight? Just bananas or just raspberries or JUST pineapple… Sure. But every once in a while, it is fun to bring different flavors together and experience how each component manages to shine, without…

The Perfect Bar for a Date

Oatmeal Date Bars Anyone familiar with the beloved children’s books that document the escapades of Amelia Bedelia might recall a specific moment involving dates. Asked to make a date cake, this unlikely heroine uses her literal reasoning skills to clip the dates out of a calendar and mix them into the batter. This option occurred to…

Bake Another Little Piece of my Heath

I purposefully purchase too many bananas, just to allow a few to teeter on the edge of too-ripe-to-enjoy. These speckled brown beauties might be baked with immediately, or sent to a corner of the freezer – peels and everything. Cryostasis enacted. Thawing takes very little time and the globular banana mush lends itself well to baking…

Rum Away with Me – Pineapple Coconut RuMuffins

Two golden pineapples purchased at the peak of ripeness. They  ventured to another city, carefully nestled in their own travel bag. Set on a foreign counter, they relaxed, observing the silly goings-on of a weekend vacation between friends, making it all the way to the end of the trip without being moved from their counter…

To Peach His Own

Blueberry & Peach Crunch Taking advantage of seasonal fresh fruit for baked desserts is smart. What is also smart, is keeping a variety of frozen fruit options on hand in the freezer for convenience purposes. Raspberries, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, rhubarb, plums… any of these can be utilized for a simple and scrumptious dessert ready in…