Tart Lemon Bars

Because every baker needs a simi-functional lemon bar recipe…  and I’ve dealt with my fair share of dysfunctional ones in the past.  Believe me.  Some of my biggest baking disasters can be traced back to lemon bars.  Below is a recipe that has yet to fail me, is super simple, and requires no additional frills…

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry season has arrived! At last!  It seems to have arrived late this year, strange considering the unusually warm summer, but my blueberry bushes started producing their first berries last week.  This is the first year that they have produced enough fruit to bake with, which is exciting, considering that they are of a tarter…

Lobster Quiche

I find that the most complicated part of making a quiche is the pie crust, but once you’ve got that squared away, it’s only a matter of throwing your favorite ingredients into the pie shell with a couple of eggs and some milk or cream.  Easy Peasy. We also have WONDERFUL neighbors that keep us…

Pickled Beet and Chorizo Orzo Salad

It’s the time of year when cold salads abound, from the classic potato and pasta salads, staples of most summer barbecues, to the healthier whole grain salads such as quinoa tabouli and blue cheese farro.  An all-in-one salad that is cool, light, refreshing, and nourishing is a staple to my summer diet, and every year…

Vanilla Pound Cake

I have heard that the old rule of thumb behind pound cake is that you combine together four simple ingredients; a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs, and a pound of butter.  Just that simple, right?  In all my years of baking pound cake, and the countless recipes that I’ve…

Humintas

I’m racking my brain for the best way to describe a huminta, and all that I can come up with is the Bolivian version of a tamale, but that seems like a tragically inefficient way of categorizing these wonderful cheesy pastry.  This Bolivian speciality consists of a sweet corn dough, stuffed with a salty white…

Green Salt Focaccia

I have been an awful blogger lately, I hit my all-time low (or at least I hope so) last month with one measly post, and last week I didn’t even have the excuse of being busy with work.  I spent my warm summer beach days lazily drifting along the ocean currents, soaking up the sun,…

Sticky Buns

Sticky Buns – cinnamon roll’s nutty more complicated cousin. By more complicated, I’m referring to the extra day it takes to make these gooey lovelies (it can be done in one very long day, but it is actually easier to not cut corners with this one), the application and creation of the filling which requires…