• Pan of Bacon Bananas Foster Bread Pudding in oval pan on wooden table with bananas, candles, and book

    Bacon Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

    Yes, Im putting bacon in desserts again. Because why limit bacon to breakfast? I don’t know what it is about bacon in sweets, but there’s just something about that salty-smokiness that really rounds out a dessert. So when a bacon-themed instagram collaboration came across my feed, I just had to jump on board! I had a hard time deciding what to make, however. Autumn is coming in fast, so I wanted to make something hearty and satiating, but I wasn’t quite ready to give up the flavors of summer yet.  I feel like this recipe is the perfect compromise. It has the sweet, summery flavors of banana and rum, while…

  • Three sweet corn custards with blueberries stacked on wooden table with ear of corn and bowl of blueberries

    Sweet Corn Custard with Blueberries

    Is there anything more American than corn? Living in the Midwest you can’t drive more than 20 miles without passing a corn field. And I only say 20 because I live in Chicago, but most of the Midwest it’s more like 2 miles. There’s something very folksy and Americana about corn. When you think of sweet corn you typically envision barbecues on the lawn, corn bread at chili competitions, and creamed corn on the table at Thanksgiving. It is a cultural staple. An iconic representation. It’s kitsch. I love it. Lately, however, I feel that corn has gotten a bit of a bad rep. It’s association with high fructose corn…

  • Whole unbaked peach pie with basil cream cheese crust on wooden table, with black tea towel and small bowl of demerara sugar and spoon. Pie has plaid lattice.

    Peach Pie with Basil Cream Cheese Crust

    “Moving to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches…” Ok, so I’m not actually moving to the country, this is just the song I sing to myself when making this peach pie with basil cream cheese crust. I have always been a city girl at heart, even when I didn’t live in a city. But I must say this pandemic has been the first time that a country life looked appealing to me. I started growing herbs on my balcony during the shelter-in-place order and Y’all… they’re STILL ALIVE!!! This might not be a big deal to you but for me, this is a Big Deal. I’ve developed a…

  • close up overhead view of honey mascarpone tart with plums and blackberries on white plate

    Honey Mascarpone Tarts with Seasonal Fruit

    The Beautiful Burden of Seasonal Fruit…   The idea for these Honey Mascarpone Tarts with Plums and Blackberries came to me out of a desperate attempt eat every piece of summer produce available to me this season. Summer is great for many reasons, but the fruit (sweet nature the fruit!) is the best! Peaches, plums, nectarines, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, cantaloupe, watermelon, the list extends into infinity and I intend to eat All. Of. It. I must admit, however, this goal has been a somewhat impeded by my other goals this season to limit food waste and grocery shopping as much as possible. I have been working hard on reducing my…

  • Brown Butter Blondies

    I have always found blondies to be the most boring baked good ever to grace a potluck. If you’re having trouble remembering what blondies are, they are that tray of beige squares that some overworked mom dumped off at every bake sale or class birthday.  Sometimes she added some M&M’s or marshmallows (or sprinkles) in a desperate attempt to jazz up what was clearly a less-than-exemplary dessert. They are almost always either too cakey, or too crumbly, and consistently monotonous in flavor. But these… these brown butter blondies are not that.  Nay, my friends, the humble blondie has been elevated! It now exemplifies the beautiful chewy texture of it’s sister, the…