Cool Stuff – Desserts
“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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“Lemon Verbena Poached Peaches”

When I was cooking in France, there was a pastry chef who was always running around frantic with all of the things he had to do. He was fairly sure that the executive chef was going to kill him. Sometimes I helped him because I wanted him to get through the night without panicking. Sometimes I also helped him because I loved the smell of that lemon verbena so darn […]

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“Peanut Butter Pie”

Right now, I’m on a mini road trip from Little Rock, Arkansas to Austin, Texas. Don’t worry, I’m not the one driving as I write this. I’ve been traveling as much as ever, without a kitchen most days, save for the times when friends and family let me take over theirs. As many people witnessed, the food blogging world erupted in Peanut Butter Pies on Friday. It was to hold […]

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“Carrot Marshmallows”

I have a pretty nutty week ahead. In the span of four hours I’m going to be transported from rural Arkansas where I have been hiding out and have¬† had to take desperate measures for an internet connection….to the meatpacking district of New York City where the internet and just about everything else is fast. Talk about culture shock. I’ll have to put some eucalyptus oil on my temples. Or […]

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“Dewberry Bread Pudding”

I had quite the 4th of July weekend. It began with a long road trip from Austin to Arkansas. I drove the entire span of Arkansas and I marveled at how different it is depending on where you are in the state. It was purty country. The weekend can best be described as Foodapalooza. There have been so many divine dishes that I’m going to share with you over the […]

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