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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Fact: even cookie dough can’t save bad ice cream. It only took one bite of that flavorless and icy mistake for me to learn this valuable lesson. I hate seeing a perfectly good batch of cookie dough go to waste, but this ice cream wasn’t even edible. It went into the trash after just a...

Classic Whoopie Pies

Strange name, delicious results. I had been meaning to make these for some time now, because I knew they would be something Taylor would thoroughly enjoy (Taylor is more of a cake guy than a cookie guy). I was right. Both him and our Swiss-cake-roll-loving neighbor devoured them. All of them. According to Taylor, they...

Lobster Rolls and Homemade Brioche Buns

Every once and a while we like to treat ourselves to something special. Whether it is a rack of ribs for Valentine’s day, lamb chops for Christmas dinner, or an insanely tall chocolate cake for a birthday… food is our way of celebrating. Sometimes, though, the occasion is much more subdued. The end of a...

Fig Spice Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream

Considering only one of my last ten posts were desserts, I think I have some catching up to do. You know that we’re cooking lots of really good things when dinner or other non-dessert recipes get posted BEFORE desserts. Usually desserts get priority in all situations. But that lovely hazelnut cake? I made that almost...

Chocolate & Hazelnut Meringue Cake

Sometimes you see a recipe, and you know you have to make it. Immediately. This was one of those recipes. No special occasion, no dinner guests, just an ordinary weeknight made extraordinary by this cake. To be fair, we did use this as an opportunity to break in our new mini-springform pan. An adorable little...

French Tomato Tartlets

Taking a brief respite from the fig madness… we turn to another one of late summer’s treasures. We have been trying to enjoy the tomatoes as much as we possibly can, knowing that they won’t be around for long. While our CSA has been delivering some of the most delicious tomatoes we’ve ever had, our...

Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Pizza

First of all, I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to Julia, fellow Nashvillian and lucky commenter #68, for winning the great fig-away! Julia, I expect a full report on all the delicious things you do with your bounty! (And prepare yourself, I think it’s really hard to imagine just how many figs are going...

Red Pepper Jelly

When this whole canning bug hit, there was one thing on my mind. Pepper jelly. One of my favorite treats, and something I never even considered trying to make. Jelly just seemed so… complicated. In reality? It’s anything but. I remember my aunt always showing up at family gatherings with a jar or two of...

Fig Jam Four Ways

There is something comfortably familiar about fig jam. It’s hard for me to place, because I don’t remember eating any fig jam when I was a kid; in fact, my only exposure to figs was the unpleasant fig newtons my dad used to eat. Yet something about it tastes like I’ve been eating it my...