My Best Sweet Potato Pie

At last -- a Sweet Potato Pie that actually tastes like...sweet potatoes! My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Puff Pastry Apple Blossoms

This week, to celebrate the start of apple season, I made some scrumptious little desserts called "Apple Blossoms." The flower petals are thinly-sliced apples, arranged on strips of store-bought puff pastry dough. Looking for an elegant tea-time treat or after-school snack? This recipe is for you. Read more »

Peanut Butter Cookies! (GF)

Yesterday, 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

If 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

My 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

Oh, 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

Yesterday, 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 »