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 [...]

Perfect Blondies

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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 [...]

Cheesecake Popsicles

Cheesecake-Popsicles

I’m a little envious of everyone who will be making festive red, white, and blue desserts this weekend.  I really wish I could get whipped cream all over my fingers while carefully arranging strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on a cake to resemble an American flag.  My 4th of July dessert will not contain such cuteness. [...]

Cherry Pie Milkshake

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Let’s face it:  a milkshake is just a way to eat double the amount of ice cream in half the time.  And I’m okay with that.  Now that it’s summer (also known as the time of year I try to avoid using my propane oven as much as possible—life in the country ain’t so grand), we [...]

Better Than Sex Cake

Better-Than-Sex-Cake

No, I did not name this recipe.  It’s an old Southern recipe that consists of moist yellow cake soaked in pineapple syrup, topped with whipped cream and coconut.  I updated the recipe to include rum, and I used coconut oil because I think the extra coconut flavor makes this better than better than sex cake.  If you’re [...]

Multigrain Biscotti

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Y’all will never believe it, but I made a healthy dessert…and it serves more than two people.  Scandalous, I know!  I created this healthy biscotti recipe using quinoa flour, oat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, wheat germ and cornmeal for my lovely friend Natalie of Perry’s Plate.  Head on over to her gorgeous site for [...]

Chocolate Macarons with Orange Buttercream {gluten free}

Chocolate Macarons with Orange Buttercream--small batch.

I want to share a quick variation of my French macarons. My parents are visiting for a long weekend, so we’re out gallivanting around doing things that Texans love to do when they come to California:  wine tasting, harvesting food from the garden, marveling at the sight of water in rivers, enjoying the fact that [...]

Tin Roof Cheesecake

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It seems that certain nuts are getting all the attention these days:  walnuts and almonds, I’m lookin’ at you.  Even pistachios have their own commercials with famous people and cartoon characters!  Don’t get me wrong, I love all nuts.  There are great walnut, almond and pistachio growers in my county and I buy local nuts [...]

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes (with Nutella)

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella

There are some days when you just need a triple chocolate cupcake. You know you are in need of a triple chocolate cupcake when a cold front in mid-May kills all the peppers and melons in the field.  Or, when a 2-minute hail storm pelts holes into your tender collard greens, swiss chard and zucchini [...]

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

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I come from a long line of hard-working farmers.  My mom’s side of the family grew cotton in the Alma and Telico areas of Texas, while my dad’s family grew tobacco in North Carolina.  If you don’t know anything else about the South, know that cotton and tobacco put us on the map.  Cotton and [...]