Baklava, Southern style

Baklava-Southern-Style

Growing up, I had a friend who was Persian.  It was at his house that I got my first taste of saffron, emerald green pistachios that squeaked on your teeth, juicy Medjool dates that I wrongly assumed were soaked in honey because they bared little resemblance to the leathery raisins I knew, and yogurt as [Click to continue reading and grab the recipe!]

Fig Cake

Fig-Cake-Recipe

When I think of figs, I think of Teva-wearing hippies in Berkeley sitting in trees eating dried figs from the bulk bins of the co-op.  And that’s cool.  Real cool.  I love the restaurants in Berkeley and the food co-ops are even better.  Anyone else having a co-dependent relationship with the daily pizza menu at The Cheese Board Collective?  No?  Just [Click to continue reading and grab the recipe!]

Peanut Butter Pie Bites

Peanut-Butter-Pie-Bites

I’ve told y’all once before that I’m very specific about peanut butter pie.  I’m a bit of a purist.  My original recipe is a rich peanut butter pudding tucked into a graham cracker and toasted peanut crust, without cream cheese or chocolate.  You can find my recipe here.  However, it’s high time I posted the [Click to continue reading and grab the recipe!]

No-Bake Desserts

No-Bake-Desserts

Just as I was opening the windows to allow the cool sunset breeze to blow in, my Mom called to tell me it was the 26th day of temperatures reaching over 100 degrees in Dallas.  I feel for everyone experiencing the extreme heat right now, I truly do.  I ran into some people visiting from [Click to continue reading and grab the recipe!]

Mini Peach Pies

Mini-Peach-Pies

As the person in your life who loves to miniaturize your favorite desserts, I should have made these mini pies in muffin cups for y’all sooner.  I apologize for that. This is my new favorite way to eat pie because it cooks in half the time of a regular pie.  There’s plenty of room to [Click to continue reading and grab the recipe!]

Hibiscus Sangria

Hibiscus Sangria

When I moved to California, I learned 3 things very quickly: 1)   A whole, steamed artichoke is a complete dinner.  Be sure to dip each leaf in mustard butter between sips of white wine for the full the experience.  My best friend Esther taught me this on day 5 of living in California.  Someday, I’ll share the story about [Click to continue reading and grab the recipe!]

Perfect Blondies

Blondies-for-two

How is it possible that I have never tasted a blondie in my entire life until recently?  I’m starting to wonder if it’s because blondies are illegal in Texas.  I have a hankering that Texans might feel that blondies are inferior versions of brownies without chocolate.  Do I have to tell you that Texans don’t stand [Click to continue reading and grab the recipe!]