Peanut Butter Cookies! (GF)

074Yesterday, out of the blue, I developed a sudden desire to eat peanut butter cookies. To fight the temptation, I first vacuumed the entrance hall. Then I went for a swim. Then I took Lily the Beagle for a long walk. And when we returned from our stroll, I made a big batch of peanut butter cookies. Read more »

How I Make a Lattice (Woven) Pie Crust

110If you think a lattice crust is beyond your culinary skill, I have some terrific news for you. This woven design -- which always looks terribly chic on a fruit pie -- is a cinch to achieve! As proof, check out my step-by-step tutorial: Read more »

Perfect Peach Pie

092My mother made this peachy bliss every summer when I was a kid. I love the simple ingredients -- just peaches, sugar, and some spices, all nestled between two layers of flaky French pastry dough. It's a pie that says "eat me." Read more »

Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Fresh Mint

045Oh, the things I do for you. On Monday, I fired up the oven in my already-sweltering kitchen. Then I grabbed some bittersweet chocolate and freshly-cut mint leaves, and added them to a standard cookie dough. The result? Cool, minty, chocolate chunk cookies! Read more »

Easy Lavender Shortbread Cookies

IMG_4765wbYesterday, I clipped several blossoms from my lavender plants. Then I added the perfumed petals to a standard, three-ingredient shortbread dough. The result of this mad experiment? Pure deliciousness! Here's the recipe for these subtly-scented tea-time treats: Read more »

Strawberry Turnovers

082Today, because strawberries are in season, and because I had some puff pastry in the freezer, I madeĀ a great big batch of... Chicken Cacciatore. Just kidding! I made the best (and easiest) Strawberry Turnovers in the world. Read more »

A Fabulous Fruit Pizza

107I made this red, white, and blue dessert "pizza" the other day. It's a giant homemade sugar cookie, dressed to the nines with lemony cream cheese frosting and colorful fruit. It tastes like heaven...and looks like the Fourth of July! Read more »