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Toasted Almond & Chocolate Granola

Is this breakfast? Or dessert? Or a salty sweet afternoon snack? I’d argue all of the above. This chocolate granola is sweet, but not too sweet to be eaten at sunrise with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit. It’s hearty, but decadent enough to sprinkle over vanilla ice cream. And it’s perfect by...

Damson Plum & Gin Jam

Finding the elusive Damson plum in the wild (aka the farmers’ market) is like hitting the culinary jackpot. I somehow stumbled across the diminutive fruit two years ago, where I made a batch of what is still one of my favorite jams. It was a complete fluke that I saw the fruit that first time,...

Moonshine-Glazed Doughnuts

I hereby dub thee: Learning to Fry: Full Moon(shine) Fever Doughnuts. And if you got those references, you get a big high five from Taylor. Taylor, of course, being the resident Tom Petty fan in our household. So what do doughnuts have to do with Tom Petty? What, you don’t immediately think of doughnuts when...

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches (and a GIVEAWAY!)

The perfect ice cream sandwich is: Soft. Hard crunchy cookies need not apply. Sweet and salty. Keyword: and. Not or. Like the yin and yang of ice cream sandwiches, one balances out the other. Streamlined. Meaning, you shouldn’t have to have a mouth the size of Steven Tyler’s to eat it. And, finally… Sprinkled. Because...

Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

One caveat of all this canning I’ve been doing is the inevitable excess: the partially-filled and improperly-sealed jars that gather on the top shelf of the fridge, along with that solitary jar of last year’s strawberry preserves that must be used before this year’s can be touched. Once opened, they don’t last indefinitely, and considering...

Frozen Black Forest Tart

Hold your horses people, because I have news for you: IT’S STILL SUMMER. Seriously, as long as the days are sticky and humid and 90, I will not touch a can of pumpkin. I refuse. And until I can’t stand it any longer and have to turn on the heater and put on a sweater,...