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Tart Cherry Chocolate Tart

Think of this tart like a king-sized cherry cordial nestled in a sweet and salty chocolate cookie crust, filled with a layer of tart cherry jam and a cloud-like chocolate ganache. A tart tart if you will. The ganache layer falls somewhere between a ganache and a mousse, dark and rich with a dollop of...

Free Download: Scenic Alaska Wallpapers

I said it once and I’ll say it again: Alaska was picture perfect. Around every corner was another postcard just waiting to be seen and photographed. Here I am, 4 months later, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I took a whopping 1934 photos during our 8-day voyage aboard the Ruby Princess (yes,...

Fiery Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

I know things have been pretty drink-heavy around here, what with all the fruity margaritas, classic gin and tonics, and homemade limoncello gracing these pages. What can I say, summer’s bounty makes me want to muddle and steep and drink all the things. And this drink is no exception: it’s like sipping on a glass...

Homemade Limoncello

I’ve been working on this recipe since March. It’s quite hard when you’re working with a seasonal ingredient, and trying to test a recipe that requires long rest periods between steps (and I don’t mean hours, I mean weeks and even months). The first batch of limoncello I made was less than stellar, with a...

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

We all know them, we all love them. Those pink frosted sugar cookies from the grocery store. Soft and fluffy, with a generous swirl of pink tinted buttercream and rainbow sprinkles. Is there anything happier in all the world? I mean, seriously, if you can look at this spread and not crack a smile… well,...

Classic Gin and Tonic: 3 Ways

It’s high time you made yourself a nice cocktail, don’t you think? I mean, it’s almost 5’oclock, and it’s almost Friday at that. The G&T is certainly not a complicated cocktail, but when it’s done right there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. But this post is more than just a plain...

KitchenAid® Torrent™ Blender GIVEAWAY!

After yesterday’s refreshing summer soup, I figured you’d want to know a bit more about the blender I used to make it: the Torrent™ Magnetic Drive Blender from KitchenAid®. A good blender means the difference between a velvety smooth puree and a soup where you’re left picking leftover watermelon pips out of your teeth. Because...

Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho with Pistachios and Basil Oil

This recipe was made for August. Seriously, hot soups have no place in the summer. Cold soups, on the other hand, are perfection. No heat, no cooking, just a quick whirr in the blender and a bit of chill time to allow the flavors to intermingle and you have yourself one steller summer soup. So...

Saffron-infused Bouillabaisse with Breadcrumb Rouille

If you had told me before our cruise that the best meal I’d enjoy the entire time would come from a camp stove in the woods, I would not have believed you. Although if you’d said that I’d struggle with spelling bouillabaisse even after typing it out nearly a dozen times, well, that I’d believe....