Like sour cherries or ramps, Concord grapes, which hit markets in September, have an all-too-brief season that begs for you to eat as many as you can before they’re gone. They have a showy, intense flavor that’s more grape lollipop than grape. [Read more…]
In the world of cake, I’m accepting of a wide range of crumbs. I love the slightest bit of crackle on the outer edge of a 1-2-3-4 cake. I love slicing into the silky fudge of a flourless one. Dense, moist, or spongy, I’m into it. Fake vanilla pudding cake with grocery store buttercream? Same.
Despite my egalitarian approach, there are a few favorites I turn to again and again. And this simple vegan chocolate cake might just be my most go-to of go-to cake recipes. Its light, springy crumb makes it a cake you can count on. And, with a simple list of pantry ingredients – flour, cocoa, baking soda, oil, and vinegar – it’s a cake you can easily make. Like, right now. [Read more…]
I have a list of beloved recipes for fall, the holidays, and beyond, and pretty much stick to them, especially when things get busy. Also, I don’t like change. Even so, sometimes an idea or book comes along that changes my ways and pushes me to re-imagine even my very favorite things. Samantha Seneviratne‘s The New Sugar and Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking is just that kind of thing. In it, Sam moves beautifully between engaging family stories and insights into baking, spices, and the history of how such far flung ingredients made their way into our kitchens. It’s also overflowing with perfect recipes. Just enough sugar to be delicious and with an admirable restraint – rather than the typical cinnamon/clove/nutmeg/ground ginger wall of flavor, Sam achieves culinary splendor by thoughtfully highlighting just a few ingredients in each dish. Think of it as the anti-pumpkin pie spice. [Read more…]
Tomorrow is the last day to vote in the Saveur Blog Awards. It’s been an incredible month, but I’m starting to feel like Cinderella at 11:55, afraid it’s all about to disappear in a poof. In two days, I may find myself alone with a pumpkin and some mice, so I’m having one last celebration. Being a finalist (for Most Delicious Food, no less) is a dream come true. Seriously. It’s been a long road – learning to take a decent picture, to write like “myself,” and to come up with recipes I think you’ll love week in and week out. Each time I hit publish and your thoughtful comments, likes, and shares start rolling in, I feel so lucky to have you here, reading and appreciating my work. [Read more…]
March has me feeling a little overwhelmed –– between colds, sick days, gentler weather, the time change (What is up with that? It’s been brutal this year.), and too much work, I’m feeling the crunch. But, for now anyway, things are calmer and I’m ready to head into a restorative week.
I made this pound cake a few weeks ago, when spring still felt a little iffy. But now, as the sun shines and pretty blossoms start to dot the landscape, it feels like a good fit for the times –– bright, frosty, and a last hurrah for citrus season. Head over to Handmade Charlotte for the recipe. [Read more…]