• overhead view of peach monkey bread on a blue plate with pieces removed and a fork
    Breakfast and Brunch,  Seasonal fruit

    Peach Monkey Bread from Scratch

    This recipe for peach monkey bread is my celebration of the end of stone fruit season. I’ve gotten some especially good specimens this year, sweet, juicy and full of flavor without being mushy. Oh man, just thinking about it and I’m already sad, even though there’s still a few lingering peaches and cherries out there. I wanted something fun to eat, and what’s more fun than monkey bread? Little balls of brioche rolled in butter and spiced sugar, then layered with perfect peaches before being baked to perfection! What is Monkey Bread? Monkey bread is also known as pull apart bread, pluck it cake, Hungarian coffee cake and bubble bread,…

  • overhead view of maple muffins on a cooling rack
    Breakfast and Brunch

    Maple Muffins with Fresh Blueberries

    These maple muffins with fresh blueberries were an adventure to make. Ya’ll, it’s hard to make maple syrup shine in a baked good. I’ve tried multiple times, always disappointed with the lackluster results. They’re usually lacking in the maple flavor department, and a bit dry. However, I think I hit it out of the park with this one! These are a great breakfast muffin. Sweet, but not overly so, with bursts of fresh blueberries throughout. Yum! Adding Moisture I amped up the moisture factor by using both oil and yogurt in the maple muffin. The extra milk solids in yogurt increase the protein and lactose sugars, which contribute extra moisture…

  • slice of spinach pie being removed from the whole pie overhead angle
    Pies and Tarts

    Spanakopita Spiral with Spinach and Spring Greens

    This spanakopita spiral recipe came out of my need to not waste food. I catered my cousins wedding and was left lots of leftover salad bits-spinach, feta and spring greens. My brain saw spinach pie, but I definitely didn’t have enough spinach to make it, but what if I used the spring greens mix? It has kale and swiss chard, which I knew would be fine, but I wasn’t sure how the other baby greens would behave. I figured I had nothing to lose, and I’m so glad I tried it. They make a great “spinach” pie, adding extra flavor and nutrients to the mix. Preparing the Filling The key…

  • slices of apple blackberry slab pie on three plates with fork
    Pies and Tarts,  Seasonal fruit

    Spiced Apple Blackberry Slab Pie with Cinnamon Glaze

    Why have I waited so long to make a slab pie?! This spiced apple blackberry slab pie is perfection! I’ve eaten it for breakfast, for dessert and as a snack in between. It’s not super sweet, but packs a ton of flavor from the spices and the tart apples and blackberries. The glaze really sets it off though, a final sweet kiss as you bite. I can’t wait to slab pie all the fruit and see who the ultimate winner is! Have you made a slab pie? I think its easier than making a regular pie, or maybe that’s just because I decided not to do any fancy crimping or…

  • 3 cups of Italian hot chocolate, whipped cream and a spoon
    Chocolate,  Drinks

    Extra Decadent Italian Hot Chocolate

    If extra decadent Italian hot chocolate doesn’t say, “I love you,” then I don’t know what will. A few minutes stirring over the stove will yield a rich, thick, deeply chocolate cup of pure joy! It’s a nice recipe to have in your back pocket for Valentine’s Day, or just to warm up on a chilly evening. This past December I visited Chicago with my family. We discovered we booked a hotel right next door to Eataly, the Italian food mega-store. What a perfect accident for a food obsessed person like me! Every morning we made our way to Eataly, unwrapping a few layers of clothes to enjoy a simple…

  • Ricotta waffles with falling powdered sugar
    Breakfast and Brunch,  Waffles and Pancakes

    The Best Ricotta Waffles with Meyer Lemon Cream

    You need these in your life. Seriously, these are┬áthe best ricotta waffles ever. They’re thick and a bit dense in the way that holds up to lots of syrup and butter or a heavy slathering of whipped cream. They have flavor on their own, but not so much to outshine the toppings. AND they reheat beautifully, which is not something you can say about most breakfast items! I’ll let you in on a little secret about me. I prefer waffles to pancakes. Nothing against pancakes, but I prefer the crisp edges of a waffle, and those little pockets filled with syrup. I knew the lemon curd from the last post…