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Recipes 2017-03-30T21:39:05+00:00

Allergy-Friendly Ice Box Cookies

My aunt and godmother passed away a few of weeks ago.  She was a woman who wore large earrings, red lipstick, expensive perfume, and had big Texas hair. She also loved to bake. This is one of the things I remember most about her. The Christmas after my grandmother passed away, I received a cookbook from this aunt, and my mom. It was the cookbook of my family---where all of the secrets were kept. It [...]

Sriracha Ranch Deviled Eggs

When I think about summer, I think about getting outside and grilling. My preferred flavor of summer is a mix of watermelon, charred meat, a cold lemonade, and deviled eggs. I grew up in the South where a crystal  deviled egg platter is something in everyone’s china cabinet,and having a plastic one with a lid to take to cookouts is almost required. However, I remember deviled eggs being a special treat, because they took a [...]

Easy Green Chili Egg Casserole

Do you have certain meals that remind you of your childhood? I do. This green chili egg casserole is one of them. My mom would make it for church functions or her non-profit events; and every time she did, I prayed that there would leftovers, because this amazing cheesy casserole was always a treat to wake up to. Over the past few months, my life has been filled to the brim with activities, social events, [...]

Spring + Green Bean Salad

I am not sure why, but spring makes me want to eat more brunch. I mean, I love brunch year-round...but when the spring veggies come into their own, their more delicate structure (as opposed to the heartier fall and winter veg) makes me want to eat breakfast foods and light dishes all the more. All winter long I crave heavier food, but as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature warms up, I [...]

Gluten and Corn Free Crepes

My mother recently took a trip to France to visit my uncle and his wife, Ann, who live in a small town that borders Geneva, Switzerland. She had two requests for her trip: visit a lavender field, and eat a proper French crêpe. When she told this to my relatives, they were somewhat puzzled--because in all their time in France, they had never eaten a crêpe! Undeterred, a few days into my mom’s trip, they [...]

Easy (and Magical!) Lemon Curd

So you know how I was talking about being into heritage stuff lately? I am still on that kick, which is why I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite things: lemon curd. I’m not fully sure that it’s heritage, but oh well. When I think about lemon curd, Downton Abbey and fancy sitting rooms with high tea and scones come to mind. Maybe it’s not completely accurate, but it’s what I think [...]

White Grapefruit Shrub

Lately, I have been on a bit of a heritage kick. In the garden, I am loving the heritage varieties of allllll the veggies. In my home, I am incorporating different pieces from my grandparents into my decor and general life rhythms; and in my kitchen, not only am I working on adapting some recipes from my grandmother’s Hungarian cookbook into versions that are gluten and corn-free, I am looking at heritage recipes in general. [...]

Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts

The Netflix Original Zumbo’s Just Desserts  has been a bit of a late night obsession for me recently. Nights I’m not able to sleep, I stay up and watch an episode or two (sometimes more) of this fun-filled and colorful baking show. And to say my dreams after watching an episode are of “sugarplums,” would be an understatement. The most difficult part of watching a show like this--or really any baking show when you have [...]

Raspberry + Toasted Almond Parfait

The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. Between getting the flu, a huge work conference, and traveling for a wedding, I have been left with little time to prepare for my life. For example, I began a clean out project two weeks ago, but was leaving the next day, so I didn’t have time to finish it...and STILL haven’t found the time to do so. Nor have I found [...]

A Cardamom Inspired Cocktail

Do you ever hear someone describe a drink or recipe you haven’t tried before, and simultaneously think “get in my belly now” and “how on earth will that taste?” When Elizabeth proposed this recipe, the "Sweet, and Yet..." created by our friend Stephanie over at Rosebud Coffee, (who our sister company Ampersand Dinner partnered with earlier this month for a Valentine’s day event), I had that very reaction. I enjoy the taste of cardamom, and [...]

Dairy-Free Coconut Panna Cotta

  Does anyone else ever need just a bite of something sweet -- but not too sweet? That is me almost all the time. I like dessert, but I’m generally more into savory foods, so I prefer my sweets to be a little more subtle. This is why I like panna cotta so much: it’s sweet, versatile, and can be customized with any number of toppings. This particular recipe for panna cotta is a gem. [...]