It’s strawberry season! Personally, one of my favorite seasons. The warm weather is here, fresh produce is cropping up everywhere, and the days are gloriously loonnngggg. It’s so, so wonderful. I love the changing of seasons, but the beginning of summer always makes me wish that it’d never end. Thank goodness we’ve got a few full months of this ahead of us! (more…)
Every year when the weather gets cold, and I have my first cranberry sighting in the supermarket, I buy a bag. I think it’s their limited availability that makes me utterly obsessed from that first day I see them stocked on store shelves, until I use up my very last bag at the end of the season. I really love cranberries, and use them in a lot of ways. I love cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving — whether it’s the canned jelly kind, fresh cranberry relish, or a cooked version studded with dried fruit or nuts — I add them to my morning oatmeal, I bake them into delicious desserts, I make syrups out of them and craft cranberry cocktails, and I even tried using them fresh in cookies recently! (more…)
I made this pie weeks ago, and wrote the accompanying post then, too, but I’ve been holding off on posting it. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I can be a bit of an over-sharer, and sometimes I wonder if that’s not the right thing? When you open yourself up on the internet, you’re allowing the whole world to come to know who you are, and while I am well aware that not everybody in the world is reading this blog, it’s URL does live in the signature of my personal email, and in my professional portfolio, and on my resume, and in many other public places. (more…)
It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. I haven’t hidden the fact that I’ve had some serious personal struggles this last year, but all along I kept thinking that at some point, it’d start to turn around. In my last post on the hardships of growing up, I mentioned starting to do just that on my own. I was finally feeling like I’d started making progress, and that was a really exciting, empowering feeling. I thought things were finally headed in the right direction. But like many times throughout the last year, I’ve found again recently that life tests you in ways you never thought possible, even when you’re already experiencing more than it feels like you can handle. (more…)
Graham Cracker Crust. Cheesecake. Pecan Pie. Spiced Apples. Whipped Cream. Salted Caramel. All in one dessert! The shortened name is merely an attempt to give a title to this outrageous dessert – Graham Cracker Cheesecake Pecan Pie Spiced Apple Whipped Cream Salted Caramel Cake just seems a bit long….
This dessert is not for the faint of heart – it’s sweet and rich and intense and has loads of flavor. There’s so much going on, yet each component is distinct and complements the others so nicely. It was the perfect Thanksgiving treat!
For someone who loves baking so much, I’m not a big pie maker. I absolutely love eating pie, but I don’t make it much in my own kitchen. When I consider why, I don’t really have a good reason, aside from it being a dangerous temptation when it’s sitting on the counter. I also find that pies have been done SO many times, that I struggle to get really creative with recipes. That said, it’s the holiday season now, so I’m sure I’ll have one or two to share with you! But before we get into that, I started with these pretty little portable pies. (more…)
I promised I’d be back with a better recipe for you, and lo and behold, here I am! That’s not to say I’ve relaxed much since I last posted, but at least I’m feeling a bit more control, and for me, control is essential. I’ve still got a 160 person wedding cake to construct this weekend, but I was practicing like a mad woman all of last weekend, baking test cakes, trying new versions of my favorite buttercream, and piping for hours… and all signs point to it being okay. Keep your fingers crossed for me, would you?! I’ll be sure to report back on how it goes. (more…)