Cool Stuff – Recipes
“Video: Creamy Rice Pudding”

A few weeks ago I told you about my partnership with Riceland Foods, a farmer owned co-op based in Arkansas that distributes rice around the world. Not only do they donate rice for hunger relief around the world, but the farmers also produce a nutritious, economical, gluten free and delicious product that is probably already in your pantry and at the very least in a grocery store near you. Today […]

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“Dark Chocolate Salted Almonds”

A girlfriend of mine recently came over with a few simple ingredients for us to make some sweet treats for ourselves. They were so delicious and easy and so I thought I’d share because they would make a perfect homemade gift for your Valentine. Dark Chocolate Salted Almonds! The perfect blend of sweetness with a crunchy and salty bite. With only three ingredients, I don’t know how much easier this […]

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“Blistered Figs with Marsala and Gorgonzola Cream”

Guys + Gals, here is my latest video for you today, all about the fig, my favorite fruit that deserves a lot of celebrating this time of year. This simple, luscious dish can be served as an appetizer or dessert. It tastes and appears more complicated than it really is. The salty Gorgonzola tempered by the whipped cream and paired with the warm, caramelized figs is sublime. Give it a […]

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“How to Make Caramel Apples”

I was just in New York where I did my all time favorite fall activity. It gives me pangs of nostalgia. And all of those childhood memories of frolicking through the orchards come rushing back. (Photo credit: Gordon Pellegrini) I went apple picking! My brother and I have plans for cider making and we were on a mission to get just the right apples. (Photo credit: Gordon Pellegrini) I ate […]

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“Homemade Maraschino Cherries”

Aren’t you desperately curious to know what I did with those cherries I picked from my cherry tree with my homemade cherry picker? Well let me show you… My arms got rather tired and I wasn’t especially ambitious about getting them all that evening, since it seemed like an impossible feat. But! I had enough to make homemade maraschino cherries which really thrilled me. To make them, gather together: cherries […]

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“Poached Loquats in Herb Semi-Syrup”

It all began when I was watching the squirrels. This is what I do sometimes when I sit in a wicker chair with my breakfast and ponder life and the creek below. The squirrels were gnawing most voraciously on a yellow fruit, many of which had dropped to the ground. I was curious. So I wandered my way over and this is what I saw, dangling from the trees that […]

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“Homemade Gift Idea: Cranberry Chews”

I’m at Bakerella‘s book signing in Austin! We’re about to embark on a fun Girl Hunter Weekend to celebrate outdoorsyness, togetherness and my upcoming Girl Hunter book release. Amazon just named it a “best book of the month,” which is pretty exciting. But I want to talk about cranberries and another homemade holiday gift idea. I love homemade gifts, they’re so satisfying and thrifty and pioneering. This one I call […]

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“French Apple Tart”

There are so many wonderful bakers out there and I can’t say I am one of them. I’m more of a fly by the seat of your pants person in the kitchen. I have good instincts from being trained by lots of stern French chefs but I can’t say I have ever been a masterful pastry maker, simply because it requires much too much precision and patience. But then there […]

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“Pear Frangipane Tart”

I first learned about Farmer Al and Frog Hollow Farm while working on my book Food Heroes. I was told by a legendary explorer of good taste that hands down the best fruit in the country came from there. My friend had in fact done years of research on this and went on to introduce me to Farmer Al so I could see for myself. I drove 75 miles outside […]

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“Blueberry Brie Galette”

Because it’s Monday. Because I decided to try a beverage last night that may or may not have contained vanilla vodka. And may or may not have tasted like candy… Because the best things in life have a little sweet and a little tang… I’m sharing a simple recipe that can be thrown together in a cinch and will make you look fabulous because of how stunning it really looks. […]

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