Fourth of July Macarons and Cherry Pie

Fourth of July Macarons and Cherry Pie

Cherry pie.  Fine, that’s summery and American.  But macarons? We were somewhat inspired this fourth by an early wedding present from Frank’s amazing Aunt… A Kitchenaid!  And not just a kitchenaid, but a beautiful pistachio-colored one.  As soon as we opened it, my mind was buzzing with what to make for the fourth (which was, […]

Lemon, Lime, & Basil Shortbread Cookies

Lemon, Lime, & Basil Shortbread Cookies

We have so much basil growing in our backyard.  And we are totally obsessed with basil over here, so that’s a good thing. Last year we grew the same amount of basil but we didn’t use it very much–just in pasta dishes and pesto and the occasional caprese salad.  It’s sad to have a lot […]

Bitter Lemon

Bitter Lemon

When BFF Mark and I went backpacking in Europe (remember when we had graduate assistantships and loads of money?), I could say I was most impressed by the Louvre, or maybe the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, or the Neuchwanstein castle in Germany… but all that would be a lie, because the thing that stuck […]

Strawberry Vanilla Jam

Strawberry Vanilla Jam

So, I told you about the amazing chocolate-peanut butter birthday cake I made for myself.  But I would also like to tell you about part two of my birthday: strawberry picking! Quite a while ago, my favorite farmer’s market vendor was selling freshly-picked strawberries.  I know this is typical for most of you, but here […]

Death by Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Death by Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

I’m obsessed with birthday cakes.  I think EVERYBODY needs a birthday cake for their birthday, and not just a ho-hum sheet cake, but something really spectacular.  I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that for my birthday, I have to make my own cake, as no one else (ahem Frank) is capable of […]