egg nog custard [from scratch]

The holidays in general make me giggle with excitement. But when egg nog starts hitting the shelves, I just can’t help but splash it in everything. The BEST part of this silky custard recipe is that I will teach you how to make SCRATCH-MADE eggnog. The simplest of kitchen staples creates this holiday guzzle and…

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halloween poison apples

Happy Halloween! These spooky treats will send chills down everyone’s spine. Imagine these on the table of your festive feast. These fresh candied apples with a cinnamon twist are super simple to create and instantly become part of the Halloween decor for any gathering. I was so sad that I missed apple picking in New…

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pumpkin roll + browned butter cream

It’s pumpkin season! There are pumpkins all over the house, the stores and in all our recipes. The most fabulous sweet treat that exudes pumpkin is a classic Pumpkin Roll. This recipe takes the tricky technique of rolling the cake without it splitting and makes it, well, a piece of cake. The best part is…

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charred peaches + vanilla zabaglione cream

Happy Summer Foodies! In Georgia, the peaches are plump and the heat is sweltering. During summer, my dessert cravings entail something light and sweet. With friends coming over to swim and more late night gatherings, I am always searching for that perfect summer dessert that will stun but save time and energy. These Charred Peaches…

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cherry & cocoa buttercream pavlova stack

It’s starting to get hot. Summer in the South is certainly intense. We splashed in the pool yesterday and it was 95 degrees…in the WATER. When the summer heat rolls around, I like to bake light but still satisfyingly sweet desserts. Having the oven roaring on high heat is not the most ideal situation, so…

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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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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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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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