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 »

French Blueberry Galette

030Sweet, juicy blueberries. Zippy lemon zest. Flaky French pastry dough. Can you blame me for falling in love with this gorgeous galette? My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Rhubarb Streusel Puffs!

054Yesterday, if only to satisfy my curiosity, I grabbed a sheet of (store-bought) puff pastry, and cut it into quarters. Then I topped each quarter with a handful of rhubarb and some oats, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. The result? Gorgeous, sweet, can't-stop-eating-'em Rhubarb Streusel Puffs! Read more »

Petit Fours with White Chocolate Glaze

182Why do I make lots of 19th-century desserts? Because the ghosts who inhabit my house demand them. Today, for instance, Sarah Wild (1793-1872) requested little cakes, or Petit Fours, for Afternoon Tea. How could I refuse? Read more »