Lemon Ricotta Spring Cake

I am rather obsessed with tea time cakes at the moment. Lately, I have been taking a deep dive into a Treasury of New Zealand Baking by Lauraine Jacobs. And it has really made me wonder why we, Americans, ever threw away tea time as an every day custom. What a glorious notion much of…

Fried Banana and Chocolate Egg Rolls

When I was little, and still had to ask permission to leave the dinner table, I would coyly ask my mom if it was okay to go next door to Aunt Laura’s until bed time. With an “okay” from my mom, my little brother quick on my heels, I would clear my dishes and race…

Cookie Crumble and Fruit Parfait

Sometimes you have leftovers and you imagine giving them a second life. And sometimes that second life is even better than their first! Food reincarnation, baby. I had kept leftover dough from my Ginger Sables frozen away and had made some blood orange curd earlier this week with varying ideas of what to do with…

Citrus Curd

Did you accidentally buy too many lemons? Too many limes? Or in my case it too many blood oranges? We have strict no food-waste policy in our apartment that is enforced rather easily by the fact that we are wildly too good at eating. So too many blood oranges in my fruit bowl became too…

Pineapple Upside Down Johnnycake

What is a johnnycake, you ask? Your new best friend, that’s what. A johnnycake is a mix of cake, cornbread and pancake. That means you can eat this for breakfast- not that you need my permission to eat cake for breakfast. In fact you never need permission to eat cake for breakfast, remember that! This…

Banana Bread

Can’t you just smell it? I can. As it sneaks out of the oven, it wraps me in a blurry, fuzzy blanket of memories of home, family and warm, melting butter. Banana bread. I have never met someone who doesn’t mmmmmm or oooohhhh when I bring banana bread over. I think it is one of…

Cornmeal Biscuits

Let me paint you a scenario. You are out to breakfast, you sit down among the bustling morning crowd, coffee wafts around you and the morning feels light. You sit down at your table and read the menu. Classics. From the Griddle. Benedicts. On the Lighter Side. Eggs look good. But so does the french…

Ginger Sables with Blood Orange Glaze

Bonjour! Je m’applle Anna et je parle très mal Française. Mais! Je pense que je cuit très bien les biscuits français. Non ?   These cookies are, at their base, quintessentially French. Butter, butter, butter. Simple, versatile, and perfect next to an espresso while you sit at a little spindly table on cobblestones surrounded by beds…

Cream Scones with Dried Fruit

Scones smell like when you used to be excited to wake up on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. They smell like “Poached or scrambled?”. They smell like tiptoeing next door to my Aunt’s house, peeking in, my feet cold on her frosty door stoop- hoping she was awake with her coffee brewing and the oven…

Asparagus Galette with Whole Wheat Crust

Crust. My true love. It is a chicken or the egg thing for me. Do I love crust because I’m rather good at making it? Or am I rather good at making it because I love it? Also, can someone be a natural a crust maker? The butter, the elusive flakiness. It has to be…