• 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…

  • Freeform Galettes: Dare to be Recipe Free

    Sometimes I wonder if the internet has damaged the kitchen. On one hand, yes, it’s wonderful to have a world of information available to you at an instant. If I want a recipe, I no longer have to flip through endless cookbooks or food magazines. If something is going wrong with my recipe, no need to panic, just google it and the world wide web will provide me a solution. But I also feel there is something lost by having everything you need at your fingertips: Creativity. I no longer have to come up with something to do with that accidental two pounds of plums I ordered, the internet will…

  • Lemon Meringue Tarts

     Introducing the fastest photoshoot ever! Please don’t judge, I have two jobs now (I am a real-life, paid-for-it baker now!) and almost no time. It’s not that I stopped baking at home, I just never have time to photograph the results much less type something up. Well, these little lemon meringue tarts came out so adorable that at the last second before carting them out the door I threw the baking sheet next to the window, and shot off a few pics. No filter for the window light, no cardstock for light bouncing or blocking, didn’t even use a tripod. Needless to say the majority of the photos were garbage,…

  • 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…