Dunkaroo Funfetti Icebox Cake

8 March 2020

I’ve been watching a lot of the Great British Baking Show over the past week. I blew threw a whole season in one week, but I love it and honestly it inspires me to bake. I love that they focus on bakes that are traditionally British. This inspired me to make recipes inspired by where I’m from in the American Midwest. The Midwest is a…

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Christophe Artisan Chocolatier, Charleston

24 February 2020

I continue my quest for good — nay, great — food in Charleston. This morning, macarons and chocolate are on the menu. While at dinner on our first night in Charleston, we were browsing through macaron shops on our phones when our waitress overheard us and recommended the best macarons in Charleston at Christophe’s on Society Street. She wrote it down on our receipt, and…

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The Best Barbecue in Charleston

23 February 2020

I’m sitting here in my hotel bed nearly unable to function because I’m so full of pork and beef. I didn’t mean for this to happen, but it’s almost impossible to resist the call of good food in Charleston. Our first thought when we landed — where’s the closest barbecue joint? No, not just the closest, where’s the best barbecue joint in Charleston? As soon…

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A Winter Walk at Fresh Pond, Cambridge

14 January 2020

One of my favorite places in Cambridge is Fresh Pond. It’s a nice retreat from the students and angry, impatient traffic of Cambridge. Because I’m so out of my element in the big city, I feel so fortunate to live so close to Fresh Pond, where I can step outside and see birds and bugs in a place where nature is so few and far…

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Russian Teacakes

16 December 2019

Last night we watched The Santa Claus. It took me back to 1994 — my sister and I on that brown couch in that little brown house. Dressed in red PJs, hot chocolate in hand, faces smothered in confectioner’s sugar from mom’s Russian Teacakes. These have always been one of my favorite Christmas cookies. Yeah, the chocolate and peppermint and red and green sprinkles are…

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Butter Cream Icing

1 December 2019

My grandma has this Butter Cream Icing recipe. Where it came from is a mystery, although she’d probably know even now if I asked her. It’s written in this old tattered notebook that she has from when she was enrolled in a baking class years and years ago. Written in perfect script on worn yellowed pages, we’ve been flipping open to that page every year…

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Crème de Menthe Bars

18 November 2019

Sugarplums and Santa Clause and Grandma’s Crème de Menthe cookies. Grandma’s favorite, then momma’s favorite, and now mine. A vague recipe written on a yellow note card, but just enough detail to make it just right. For all the holidays I can remember, these cookies were in the mix. Every year, we’d spend a whole day baking at her house. With the desserts we made,…

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Salty Caramel Chocolate Candy

17 November 2019

We have a cookie swap coming up, and that means I have to make cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. I’m set to make my go-tos during the Holiday season — Russian teacakes, crème de menthe bars, and caramel turtles. But this year, I also wanted to add something new to the mix. Before I moved to New England, I photocopied a bunch of my…

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Butternut Squash Honeycrisp Crumble

16 November 2019

Happy Harvest season! I developed this recipe because I wanted something that brought all the beautiful flavors of Thanksgiving into one dish — something that feels warm and like I’m sitting at grandma’s table, surrounded by my family and with a plate full of mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, candied sweet potatoes, a warm bread roll, and this. The perfect accompaniment for a Thanksgiving meal.…

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