• 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…

  • Chocolate Apricot Tarts – Bitter Sweet Delights

    Hello Summer! 2018 has been a whirlwind of a year for me so far. I left my 9-5 to follow my dream of a culinary career, pursued my real estate license, traveled to Amsterdam, and moved into a new apartment. I’m very tired. I’m hoping that now that we’re settled into our new home that I will have more time to start baking and writing again. And so I present to you my first bake in my new kitchen: Chocolate Apricot Tarts! I first saw these little lovelies by Rebecca of Figs and Pigs when looking for handheld desserts for a Halloween party. How perfect these would have looked on my…

  • Bacon Apple Pie for Pi day

    What better pie to feature for pie day than The Pie That Started It All! Bacon Apple Pie. This pie was my first foray into making my own recipe, or rather not following someone else’s recipe as I didn’t pay attention to what I was doing and actually write it down for quite a while, and it has turned into a household staple. It is a frequently requested pie for Friendsgiving celebrations and was even the dessert at my wedding. It is sweet and savory, tart and salty all at once. Best yet, it’s super easy to make. That being said, it’s not for everyone. Vegetarians for one, and the unadventurous…