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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homemade ice cream with a blender {no ice cream maker}

Did you read that clearly? This recipe is for those who love the taste of fresh creamy ice cream without preservatives or chemical additives. This is for those who want to make this frozen treat with their bare hands {and a blender}. This is for those who want to proudly say, “I made this myself”,…

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spiced carrot tart

It was not my intention to create a tart that resembled pumpkin pie. I mean come on, it’s January for goodness sake. It has been one of those weekends where I had an itch to bake, but did not want to go shopping for ingredients. You’ve been there too, I’m sure of it. Call me…

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cran-walnut rum biscotti with salted dark chocolate

Happy New Year! 2017 is upon us and every new year causes us all to reflect on the previous year. The hubs and I have been laying in our pjs all day, wrapped in cozy blankets and watching movies on the couch. Our Christmas tree is half stripped of its ornaments, a lazy attempt to…

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gingerbread gentlemen & ladies

Christmas is that time of year to cuddle by the fire with your loved ones and eat yourself silly. Listen, I love desserts, but I am definitely more of a pie girl than a cookie gal. But for some reason, when the Holidays come around, I stuff my face with so many cookies. They are…

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