Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Poppy Seed Buttercream and more

Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Poppy Seed Buttercream

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I forget.

I sometimes forget that we have a thing here.  A thing that’s more of a weird Internet friendship than a simple fling.  Forgive my forgetting.

I’ve gotten a lot of urgent emails and tweets and random Internet shouts about why why why WHY I picked up and moved my little world to New Orleans.  (I also respect the fact that some of you couldn’t care less… that’s cool.)

The answer is probably far less exciting that you’d like it to be.  I moved from California to New Orleans because I wanted to.  I wanted a change in place, a jolt of inspiration, more crawfish on my plate, adventure.  I wanted to feel out of my element and get to know a new place.  New Orleans, with its little bit of magic, seems like the place my heart wants to be.  So… this is that!

Lemon Cake with Lemon Poppy Seed Buttercream

Can I be honest with you about something?  The more people asked me why I was moving to New Orleans, the more I wanted to hold that information close and... Read the rest of this post..... »


Pistachio Crusted Asparagus with Feta

Pistachio Crusted Asparagus with Feta

I had a little taste of Asheville, North Carolina waiting for me when I returned to New Orleans last week.   It wasn’t a warm mochas or a drinkable caramel, sadly… but those are fleeting anyhow.  I found my friend Ashley’s book Handmade Gatherings waiting for my in my mailbox!  The very same Ashley that writes about chickens and bees, and had me in a stone-bottomed river bed pretending to be warm for a Spring picnic photoshoot.  Needles to say, Ashley is always welcome in my world.  I usually just need boots, a sweater, and an empty stomach.

I found this recipe flipping through the Spring pages of Handmade Gatherings.  Asparagus meets pistachios.  Roasted tender and crunchy.  Green on green.  Salty and fresh.  From the recipe title alone I knew it would be exactly right.

Spot on!  This is dish is all balance and heart.  Good timing.  I was just starting to miss those endless waves of green-blooming Blue Ridge Mountains.  Asparagus will... Read the rest of this post..... »


My Favorite Easter Eats

easter eggs

This will be the first Easter in a whole lot of Easters that I won’t be celebrating (and eating and egg-hunting) with my family.  While my solo celebration will most likely include a weird amount of these chocolate Cadbury candies (help!), I thought I’d dig through the archives for a few Happy Easter recipes that might brighten your weekend.

Happy weekend and Happy Easter, my friends!  I hope there’s sunshine, love, family, quiche, and so much chocolate (like so so much).

hot cross biscuits

Let’s just go ahead and Hot Cross everything in sight.  Tis the season, right?

Hot Cross Biscuits.  No yeast fuss.  Extra currants. 

For more tradition Hot Cross Buns, I think these from Emma Eats are just lovely!

blackberry scones

maple blueberry scones

If you’re thinking about an after church Brunch to celebrate Easter, I hope you’re also thinking about scones.    

Lavender Blackberry Scones and Blueberry Maple Biscuits.

watermelon sangria

I’m buying a watermelon AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to make... Read the rest of this post..... »


Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s better to just let it be what it is.

I had every intention of making you a fancy Easter brunch cake… the kind with lemon and lavender and swirly frosting… but as I stood in my kitchen (with exactly zero lemons), and evaluated my desire to go to the store (to buy hella lemons), I thought… can’t it just be what it is?

What it is, is CHOCOLATE.  That’s what I want.  That’s what I need.  That’s what I have in abundance in my kitchen.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the spirit of letting it be what it is, I’ve taken all of these photographs on my phone, on the fly.  I also wasn’t wearing shoes and had frizzy hair.  What else is new? Rhetorical question.

I made these cookies for us.  This is that.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Things start, as they always do.  Ingredients on my dining room table.  Measured precisely and places in small bowls in a pleasing manner.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Softened butter is one of life’s great pleasures.... Read the rest of this post..... »


Triple Berry Dutch Baby

Triple Berry Dutch Baby

It’s all well and good until someone has to stand in front of the stove and flip the pancakes.

It’s a thankless job and I wouldn’t wish pancake flipping onto anyone’s relaxed weekend.

Luckily, where there are a few eggs, a bit of flour and milk, and a big ol’ handful of berries…. there is a Dutch Baby.  Pancake sans flip.

Triple Berry Dutch Baby

Dutch Babies exist in the delicious land between pancake and popover.  They’re tender and eggy, light and crunchy.  They’re also quite a spectacle coming out of the oven.  They’re show-offs.  It’s cool.  Breakfast can be dramatic.

Triple Berry Dutch Baby

A simple mixture of cinnamon and sugar will work wonders for this breakfast.

Triple Berry Dutch Baby

Eggs do all of the heavy lifting in a Dutch Baby.  There’s no leavening from baking powder or baking soda.  It’s all whipped egg!  Eggs are whipped until pale and frothy.

An electric hand-mixer works wonders for a task like this.

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