Category Archives: Seasonal

Carrot Coconut Cake

Carrot Coconut Cake

Ya’ll it is cold in Nashville.  Like, really, really, really cold. As in, with a wind chill of -14°F this is the coldest it has been since we have moved here! So, what’s one to do when you’re iced in with stir-crazy little ones to entertain and a kitchen full of seasonal fruits and veggies? You bake, of course! This moist voluptuous carrot coconut cake uses half the oil and sugar of a traditional recipe and is paired with a luxurious Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. It is a lovely twist on the traditional, but yet it is still as comforting as grandma’s knit woolen throw when freezing cold blankets the world outside and ice covers EVERYTHING in sight!

Candied Blood Orange Olive Oil Yogurt Cake

Candied Blood Orange Olive Oil Yogurt Cake

Ahhh, blood orange. This sweet, sour, tangy and unbelievably bright citrus fruit is bursting with juicy flavor that is reminiscent of an orange, tangerine and lemon, all they while drenched in its own crimson uniqueness.

Cake is often treated as a vehicle for frosting. Not here. Not this bake. Not this cake. This Candied Blood Orange Olive Oil Yogurt Cake is one of the most deeply flavorful and gratifying cakes I have ever created. The fruity intense flavor of the extra virgin oil, with the tang of the yogurt and sweet sour bite of the blood orange is an incredible symphony when married together.

The Big Apple Caramel Cinnamon Roll

The Big Apple Caramel Cinnamon Roll

“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

― George Eliot (Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]” 

Mango Key Lime Tart with a Speculoos Coconut Cookie Crust

Mango Key Lime Tart with a Speculoos Coconut Cookie Crust

Very few scents evoke such vivid memories that instantly transport you to where you long to be. From the first hint of toasted coconut wafting through the air and I am on the beach…lungs devouring the salty air and the water slowly inching closer to feet that find a bit of solace buried into the cool, gleaming, glittery sand. Today finds my heart on a Florida beach and my hands baking a bit of summer, this perfectly bright and seasonally summer Mango Key Lime Pie with a Speculoos Coconut Cookie Crust.

Cream Biscuits (2 Ingredients = Best. Biscuits. Ever.)

Cream Biscuits (2 Ingredients = Best. Biscuits. Ever.)

Anyone who bakes biscuits has an idea of what makes theirs the best. Some swear by shortening, others insist on butter and the purist will accept nothing less than lard. I, on the other hand, think that the most beautiful biscuit is made with cream. 

Yes, my friends.  I know I will probably be run out of Nashville for suggesting such heresy, but I assure you, this biscuit will be the best you’ve ever made.  And if you’ve never made a biscuit? Perfect! There is nothing more simple than this recipe.  No sifting. No kneading. No cutting in of the fat. No rolling. No biscuit cutters. Nothing but 1 bowl and 2 ingredients. Just bring the dough together and fold it a couple of times. Cut into squares and you’re done! That’s it. It’s that simple.

Honey Mint Peach Berry Salad

Honey Mint Peach Berry Salad

The heat. The humidity. The frizzy hair. The kids exclaiming boredom the first week of summer. There are many reason not to love summer, but oh……there are so many reason to simply adore it! Top on that list is seasonal, fresh, ripe, luscious fruits and the many perfectly lovely ways to enjoy them. You want to honor the beauty of all that makes your bounty beautiful and that means fresh is best.  This salad takes that wisdom and turns up the volume with organic local honey and fresh chocolate mint from our herb garden.

Strawberry Lime Pâte de Fruit

Strawberry Lime Pâte de Fruit

There are two primary reasons I wanted to make this recipe for you dear readers: 1. Pâte de Fruit is THE most intense burst of mouthwatering fruit jelly you will ever have, and 2. I love saying the name “Pâte de Fruit!” As you may have already deduced, this is a French delicacy and the term is pronounced “pat de fwee.” Come on, say it with me, pat-de-fwee. It’s seriously fun to say and you’ll find that it will stick in your head much like the jelly will stick to your fingers!

Rosemary Lemon Financiers (Petite French Almond Cakes)

Rosemary Lemon Financiers (Petite French Almond Cakes)

Sweet. Savory. Seasonal. These are three of my favorite themes when it comes to pastry and these beguiling little almond cakes epitomize this trio in the most delectably charming way imaginable. This diminutive delight is a lightly sweetened buttery almond cake, scented with a hint of fresh rosemary, brightened by freshly grated lemon zest and crowned with a sun ripen blackberry picked at its peak.