Do You Ever Worry About Running Out of Ideas? and more

Do You Ever Worry About Running Out of Ideas?

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Hi friends! New York City has lots of views of walls and windows.  It feels like a mirror with strangers on the other side.

At this weekend’s book signing at The Brooklyn Kitchen (which, incidentally, is an AWESOME place) someone asked me this question:

Do you ever worry about running out of ideas?

Can we talk about this?  For real tho.  For real.

Here’s the calm, cool and collected response to that question:  No way!  I am confident that my brain has an unlimited amount of really awesome ideas to sustain me from now until forever and ever amen.

Here’s the real-life answer:  OHMYGOSH YES!  What if I’m working from a well that I’ll soon reach the bottom of!?  What if that’s real!?

The deal is, creativity and inspiration must be fostered and fed.  But good grief, how do we have time to foster and feed things these days? My cat is fostered and fed because he’s really demanding with his loud meows and untrimmed claws.  My creativity is... Read the rest of this post..... »


Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Krispie Treats

Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Krispie Treats

You know my tricks.  You know the games I play around here.  The more browned butter, sea salt, and chopped pistachios, the better! It’s just that… pistachios are the best, browned butter reigns supreme, and I think good sea salt is my secret weapon in my baking pantry.  I’m not wrong.

We’re keeping it simple by shoving all of the good things into one pan of rice krispie treats.  Fancy rice krispie treats are totally my go-to party trick.  They never disappoint.  Also consider Salty and Malty Rice Krispie Treats.  So much win.

I’m traveling these next few weeks to meet you and celebrate the release of my cookbook Homemade Decadence.  I’m in Philadelphia Tuesday 10/21 and you should totally come say hi!  Keep in mind that for some reason I’ve been listening to the Once soundtrack nonstop for the past week, so… just so you know where I’m at and that I’m weird.  Ps. Do you know how easy it is to cry to the Once... Read the rest of this post..... »


My Favorite Autumn Bakes

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It’s about time we get down to it, wouldn’t you say?  Time to roast all of the vegetables, carve all of the pumpkins, peel all of the apples, and eat all of the mac and cheese.  It’s Autumn and we have every right to apple our doughnuts and put chicken in our pot pies.  Here are a few of my very favorite Autumn recipes… full of all sorts of comfort and joy.

•  My Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie is hands-down my favorite treat to bake during the chilly Autumn months.  And when I say ‘perfect’ I mean ‘without a single flaw’, and when I say ‘favorite’ I mean ‘heeck yes it’s the best thing in the world’… just so we’re clear.

•  This recipe for Morning Glory Oats is so warm and satisfying.  Finely shredded carrots, sweet currants, and steel-cut oats.  Who knew carrots belonged in a warm bowl of breakfast?  Think of this is carrot cake in a bowl with oats.  This... Read the rest of this post..... »


Homemade Decadence

homemade decadence cookbook

It’s only been two years in the making.  It’s only been roughly 1,459 pounds of butter (exaggeration), 78 quarts of heavy cream, a many many dozen eggs, a load of editing, photographing, housekeeping, and eating.  A lot of eating.  Today is the day that Homemade Decadence is here!

I know that I’ve asked you over the last few weeks to pre-order Homemade Decadence, but that’s only because I made it for you, I think it’s really great, and I want you to make things like Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies and Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie.   Yea.. I went there.  125 gooey and delicious recipes.  125 glorious photos.  It’s all for you.

Thank you for all of your support.  Thank you for being as excited as I am about butter and sugar.  Thank you for baking from scratch.  Thank you for believing in cookies.  You’re everything!

Here are a few of my east coast book tour signing dates.  More dates will be announced soon, but I hope hope hope to see... Read the rest of this post..... »


Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies

Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies

Six years in and I feel like throwing confetti (on my cookies)!  Thank you for your patience this weekend as my site was down to launch this new look.  That that you’re here and I’m here… why not take a look around… beats awkward eye contact.

Here (pretend I’m pointing) you’ll find cookies.  Not just any cookies, but the most colorful and buttery delicious cookies I could dream up.  This recipe happens to be from the cookbook I wrote that comes out TOMORROW!  You can still pre-order the book and receive a lovely print.  It’s not too late and you might be surprised by my stamina when it comes to pestering.

Vanilla Bean Confetti CookiesUp at the top you’ll find a navigation bar that will take you to the many many recipes on the site, the cookbooks, the podcasts, and Bonkers Awesome videos.  It’s all there!

If you’re looking for New Orleans recommendations, click on the pretty water in the sidebar.

The site is not aaalll that different from our... Read the rest of this post..... »


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