carrot cake scones + honeyed frosting

Hoppy Easter my foodie friends.  Nothing reminds me of Easter more than Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Well, that and ricotta pie, which is lemony and divine. The issue for me is that carrot cake takes some extra labor and to be honest, we just got home for a weekend trip out of town.…

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fresh ricotta ravioli with sausage, sage + swiss chard (pure magic)

There is nothing like homemade pasta. Together we braved homemade ravioli and succeeded! This recipe is straightforward but requires a lot of hands-on time. That makes this the perfect Sunday afternoon project to do with your family. Grab your aprons and a cup of coffee and prepare for a lazy afternoon of pasta magic. My…

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pi day cherry bourbon hand pies with orange peel

Every year on Pi Day math geeks and foodies have something in common, pi(e). Since food is what makes holidays, like Pi Day, special, I figured I would join the masses and make some pie. Hand pies are the perfect party pie because they do not require a fork or plate. The golden egg washed…

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dense fudgey chocolate cake desperate for a glass of milk

This rich chocolate cake is the best of both worlds fudge and cake. You can thank a cup of strong coffee for the intense chocolate bitterness and a cup of greek yogurt for creamy tartness. Whispers of melted morsels are tucked away in each bite, melting upon impact. This cake takes about 5-10 minutes to…

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my heart beets for u, honey [mixer ice cream + goat cheese]

Beet and Honey Ice Cream with Goat Cheese, just in time for Valentine’s Day! The creamy decadence with floral notes from the honey and tangy zing from the goat cheese isn’t even the best part. The best part is that this ice cream is made with a MIXER and not an ice cream machine.  You…

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grapefruit curd tart + meringue

Pucker up. Creamy grapefruit curd, a tart and refreshing zing. Buttery flaky crust. Burnt meringue, light and airy. Crunchy salty pistachios. February is right around the corner and all I can think about is baking something pink. I found some inspiration with grapefruit tarts, with their cheerful rosy hue. So I went for it! I…

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chocolate babka

In the Seinfeld episode “The Dinner Party,” Jerry and Elaine missed out on the last chocolate babka at a NYC bakery. They were both so distraught and struggled to find a better confection to bring to their friend’s dinner party. That is literally the only thing I knew about Chocolate Babka and, trust me, it was convincing enough to do some…

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challah doughnuts + egg nog custard

Jolly old St. Nicholas, Lean your ear this way! Don’t you tell a single soul, What I’m going to say; Christmas Eve is coming soon, Now, you dear old man, Whisper what you’ll bring to me: Tell me if you can. Merry Christmas! The family is all snuggled up with us in Savannah this year.…

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honey-vanilla linzer cookies with marmalade

It’s the holiday season, So whoop-de-do and hickory dock, And don’t forget to hang up your sock, ‘Cause just exactly at twelve o’clock, He’ll be coming down the chimney, down. The holiday season means it’s time for baking! Now that our halls are decked and the Christmas tree trimmed, snuggling in with a plateful of…

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free-form nectarine galettes

This is the simple end of summer/beginning of fall treat that you have been waiting for. Forget everything you know about the challenges of pie crusts. The buttery and flaky crust is a 10-minute no-fuss dream-come-true for bakers (or wanna-bes). This recipe is so versatile that you can add any type of fruit into the…

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funfetti birthday cake & chocolate buttercream frosting

Who says Funfetti Birthday Cake is for kids? This week was my incredible husband’s 38th birthday. His birthday cake request? Yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Boring, I know. You see, he was raised on store bought confections. As with any childhood favorite, sometimes it’s hard to steer away from nostalgia and fall in love with…

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savannah seafood shack & below zero photo shoot

The Savannah Seafood Shack and Below Zero has been in Savannah for just about a year. I first met owners Christine and David Cutlip when featuring their new seafood and rolled ice cream joint in the Connect Savannah Newspaper. I wrote: “Each cup of ice cream is freshly made from scratch. They start off with…

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