Honey Pickles

I felt like I needed to get this post in before the official start of Fall, which happens to be tomorrow, although it still doesn’t feel like Fall.  It’s hard to believe that I turned on my AC last Monday.  Crazy.  Total Boloney.  At this time of year I’m usually contemplating on how long I…

Dark Zucchini Bread

My wonderful cousin Jen gave us three massive zucchinis – you know, the behemoths that lurk in the back corners of your garden, the ones that you’ve mistakenly overlooked a day or two ago, the ones that are longer then your forearm and almost twice as thick, the ones you close your car windows to…

Lemon Lavender Shortbread

There is something about lemon and lavender that works really well together.  The tanginess of the lemon cuts in nicely with the floral flavors of the lavender smoothing them out to a subtly pleasant flavor that pairs rather well with the butteriness of the shortbread.  I also happened to have several sprigs of fresh lavender…

Tahini Brownies

I came upon a recipe similar to this one in Sweet, and it brought to mind the iced tahini mochas I was obsessed with drinking last summer.  As I am partial to my own brownie recipe, I decided to use that one instead of the one in the cookbook, and just add a swirl of…

Bourbon Butterscotch Peach Cakes

I have really been slacking on my blog posts lately.  There is just something about these lazy summer days that keeps me out, about, and away from my computer.  The garden, the lake, even laying out on a blanket in the grass seems to be a better draw to me then the kitchen these days….

Banana Nut Muffins

This week I wanted to share my favorite banana muffin recipe with you.  It is adapted from the Bread Bible.  It seems like not too long ago I was posting my banana bread recipe, but with this summer’s heat my bananas have been ripening quickly, before I can keep up with them.  A dilemma that…

Leek & Ricotta Tart

I was thinning out my garden leeks this week, and I didn’t want to throw out the extra ones, even though they were tiny, so I decided to use them in a tart with a velvety ricotta base, some caramelized onions, and a puff pastry shell.  This was my first attempt at a rough puff…

Mocha Ice-Cream Cake

My Mother put in a request for a Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream cake for her birthday this year, and while I love the ice-cream and cake combo, I have found that most commercial ice-cream cakes fail dismally when it comes to the cake side of the equation.  If I wanted ice-cream in the shape of…