Apr 062019

Baklava Blondies

Baklava blondies and dripping honey horizontal

Blondies with lots of nuts and honey to mimic the flavors of your favorite baklava can be made easily in one bowl for a fast treat.   I had a major hankering for baklava a few days ago. But baklava is a pain to make (though there is a local place that does some excellent baklava) with the filo. So I used the flavors and made a one pan/pot blondie. Ok, maybe it’s not that close to most baklavas being made with multiple types of nuts, but it sure is tasty and has that wonderful honey flavor coming through. Personally,…Continue Reading

Apr 032019

Is It Spring Yet? – a non-alcoholic cocktail

Mandarin, fennel, ginger cocktail

Early spring and the last of winter flavors meld in this mandarin, fennel, and ginger non-alcoholic cocktail. Very refreshing and there’s no reason not to have two! *A quick little news blurb before we get to the piece you are actually interested in: I’m going to commit to start posting twice a week regularly – Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check back regularly for more recipes, or sign up for the weekly newsletter over in the sidebar!* I have a couple more citrus recipes to sneak in before mandarin season is done for everyone else. Here, they’re still the primary fruit we…Continue Reading

Mar 302019

Lamb and Polenta Bites

Polenta bites on cutting board

Lamb spiced with coffee and paprika on polenta makes for tasty appetizers (or when you’re making a meal of small bites). While not strictly seasonal or scientific, this is one of those recipes that turned out too good not to share. The combination of paprika, coffee, and red wine makes the lamb incredibly flavorful. It balances out well on simple discs of polenta with a little sharp onion. And as the lamb is cooking, it makes the house smell amazing. While not quick, these are definitely worth the wait. Print Pin Lamb and Polenta Bites Servings 15 IngredientsPolenta½ c/80g polenta2…Continue Reading

Mar 262019

Lemon Thyme Tarts

Lemon thyme tart on grey plate

Creamy and lemon sharp, these tarts have a hint of thyme and almond, perfect for an early spring dessert. Particularly if you still have too many lemons! I love lemon and other citrus desserts, but I always want something creamy to balance it out. But if I don’t have something, I feel unsatisfied, so I eat another piece of whatever it was. You can see where this is going. These tarts are great since the cream is combined with the lemon. I added the thyme to make it a little more spring and for the earthy flavor to balance the…Continue Reading

Mar 032019
Dr. Blossom cocktail side view

A subtly spiced pomegranate liqueur that is delicious added to some soda water or in a bright cocktail – like this Dr. Blossom recipe! Alright, the last of the promised winter syrups and liqueurs (for now): pomegranate spice liqueur. For those just joining us, you can read the rest of this saga in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Part 1 has most of science notes about making liqueurs. There’s not a lot to say about this recipe, besides that it was born out of an “I have pomegranate arils in the fridge that need to be used up”…Continue Reading

Feb 262019

Radicchio and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Baked and cut radicchio flatebread

A chewy focaccia-like flatbread with creamy cheeses, sweet onions, and seasoned radicchio. I have a love hate relationship with radicchio. I really enjoy eating it when I am out, but every time I try to cook with it, my dish becomes intolerably bitter. Recently I came across a recipe on SugarLoveSpices for a radicchio pizza and a recipe for a caramelized onion focaccia on The Candid Appetite and thought that the combination would be great. And for once, it was. The sweetness of the caramelized onions balances out the bitter of the radicchio with creamy cheeses to cut it further.…Continue Reading

Feb 222019

Romanesco and White Bean Pasta

Plated romanesco and white bean pasta

Delicately flavored romanesco mixed with white beans and green onions with just a hint of spice tops this pasta for a quick meal. Romanesco is one of those vegetables I really enjoy when it’s in season, since it is very hard to find out of season. Fortunately, the new CSA has been providing. I think I might be running out of innovative options for cooking with romanesco. Unlike cauliflower or broccoli, it has such a delicate flavor that I really don’t want to drown in sauce or over-cook. Also, it just looks pretty with that Fibonacci spiral – you’re eating…Continue Reading

Feb 142019

Chocolate Dipped Orange Macaroons

Sweet, citrusy coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate for an everyday-is-a-special-day treat. Since everyone else is posting chocolate coated everything for Valentine’s day, so I suppose I should get on the bandwagon. But because it’s me, it definitely isn’t going to be heart shaped! I did actually make these for H (and sent them just in time for Valentine’s day), who is off in the middle of nowhere for a couple months. Since he’s lacking my cooking (and worse, I’ve been lacking someone who will eat all my random creations), I’ve been sending a few packages of treats. He really…Continue Reading

Feb 122019

Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

An earthy, wintery soup with cauliflower and parsnip that is rich and creamy, highlighting the subtle sweetness of parsnip as an under-appreciated vegetable. What would winter be without creamy vegetable soups? Especially when they don’t even include cream. Inspired by the ingredients I had in the fridge at the time, this parsnip and cauliflower is wonderfully warm when it gets so frosty out that the dog is refusing to go outside. Dyson really will do anything to avoid the outdoors when it is cold or rainy. We haven’t tried introducing him to snow yet, but that may have to be…Continue Reading

Feb 062019

Kale and Goat Cheese Quiche

Lots of earthy kale and onion flavors balance with spots of bright, creamy goat cheese in this quiche. I got really into experimenting with the pictures on this one – as did the kitten. Brun kept stealing the kale. She would run off and then I couldn’t find it. I strongly suspect Dyson (our own little puppy hoover) at it. He loves kale, even raw. Go figure. Brun has also been a menace since I stopped photographing in the kitchen (where she is banned from any elevated surfaces). She keeps sitting between the light and food! This iteration was made…Continue Reading