How to make firework cupcakes

June 30, 2012

Who doesn’t love a good fireworks display on the Fourth of July? Especially if it’s sweet and edible, like these delicious cupcakes. Instead of brightening the skies, these cupcakes will put a twinkle in the eyes of all the young patriots at your holiday picnic. Here’s a video I put together with the full rundown […]

Pie Crust Cookies with Berries and Cream

June 27, 2012

One thing I know for sure, almost every single Fourth of July picnic, barbecue, or pool party will feature a pie. And if you’re the one bringing it, it had better be good. (Unless you don’t care about being popular.) And obviously, one of the key components to a successful pie, is a super flaky […]

Cherry Pie with Balsamic Vinegar and Madeira

June 18, 2012

It took me several years to understand cherry pie. I’ve been making pies with fresh fruit since I was 15, but for some reason, back in those days, it was hard to find a good recipe for cherry pie that didn’t call for canned cherry filling. That was pre-Internet and pre-food blogging mania, so if you […]

How to make pierogies

June 8, 2012

When it comes to flat out comfort food, pierogies have it nailed. Potatoes and cheese wrapped up in a precious little pocket of dough? I call that satisfying, convenient and cute all in one. Although pierogies fit right in with the beige, starchy central Pennsylvania fare I grew up on, I never really ate them […]

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

May 18, 2012

Ok, I know what you’re saying– “Why would you make homemade peanut butter when you can buy the good stuff at the store?” Well, that’s a good question, and a hard one to answer until you’ve tried this at home. Homemade peanut butter is a superior blend of sweet and salty. The grains of salt […]

Marshmallow-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 15, 2012

As with all of these food holidays, I never know if I got the date from a reputable source or not. I think that May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, but even if it isn’t, it’s completely appropriate to applaud the chocolate chip cookie today, tomorrow, and everyday thereafter. Now, when it comes […]

Pineapple Basil Margaritas

May 5, 2012

My husband loves a good sale, so when I came home to two-for-one pineapples, I knew what had to be done. I headed straight out to the garden that I masterminded and he now tends, and I picked some basil. Well, before that, I did look up pineapple in The Flavor Bible to make sure […]

Orange Creme Fraiche Biscuits with Strawberry Brown Butter Sauce

April 27, 2012

Now that you’ve made your homemade crème fraiche and slathered it on fresh berries, stirred it into French sauces or spooned it alongside your favorite Polish food, you probably have about a half a jar leftover that you don’t want to spoil. I happen to have half a refrigerator full of it, but that’s my […]

How to make creme fraiche at home

April 19, 2012

I used to think crème fraiche was all special because you can’t find it in some grocery stores and the price just screams fancy to me. Then I learned how to make it at home and realized that it’s all a big hoax. Making crème fraiche is just as easy as making a bowl of […]

Easter Eggs

April 8, 2012

This Easter, I’m not doing the usual egg hunt thing. I’m not roasting a lamb. I’m not holding secret conversations with an imaginary bunny about what he needs to put in my basket. Honestly, if my husband weren’t on spring break, and I didn’t have to work, I wouldn’t even know that it was a […]