Maple Creme Brulee


Crème brulee is my ace in the hole. It’s the kind of thing I like to keep in my back pocket and pull out when I need it. Frequently, I have 2 ramekins in the fridge awaiting a sprinkling of sugar and a pass of the torch. It’s not a bad thing to serve when your boyfriend or husband is a [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cranberry Cornmeal Donuts


Just last week, Mr. Dessert For Two put his foot down.  His size 14 boot slammed on the ground.  Hey northern California, those weren’t earthquakes, that was Mr. Dessert For Two. He was demanding to be allowed to cook dinner a few nights a week. Um, hello perfect man I’ve been waiting for my entire life, [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Banana Bread


I absolutely love to take your requests. I think this makes me a people pleaser? When someone is coming over for dinner, I slide a bottle of my everyday (read: affordable and delicious) sparkling wine in the freezer, rush out to the garden to gather the latest and greatest, scour the cabinets for ideas, and [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes


I think Halloween is soon.  I can’t tell since stores started selling candy corn in July.  Ju-ly.  No joke.  And since you’ve all been so good at staying out of the candy, I think you deserve an adult treat. It’s so nice that you’re saving the candy for the kids.  I have personally not eaten 2 bags [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Blue Corn Muffins


Two summers ago, I took my two best girlfriends to Austin for a much-needed vacation.  We were all in the middle of grad school: Esther for chiropractic, Emma for physician assistant, and me for agronomy.  Two doctors and a farmer is an odd group, but we sure fit together well. I drew on my college experiences at [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Donuts with Honey Glaze


Do six donuts serve two people?  Are you the judge of that?  Surely you can’t be the final authority. I like to break my donut adventures into three parts. The first part passes by quickly, so you better keep up:  I eat the first donut within the brief period of time that my body is awake [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pumpkin Biscotti


A few weeks ago I read an article by Allison Glock about Southern women.  It is a highly accurate and entertaining article that I found myself nodding my head in agreement with the entire way through.  This article lit the proverbial fire under me.  I am a Southern woman and I am damn proud of [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Sesame Date Breakfast Cookies


I whole-heartedly support the idea of a cookie for breakfast.  Or a slice of pie.  Or a small sliver of chocolate cake.  You have the rest of the day to pile your plate with veggies.  Let’s make sure those first few moments of the day are good ones.  Sweet ones. I have an unusual predilection [ Click to continue Reading! ]

One Bowl Chocolate Cake


I’ve noticed that when people find out I’m a Texan, they assume a few things:  I’m mighty friendly, I love biscuits and barbecue, and I know a thing or two about Southern hospitality.  And none of those things is wrong.  But, I have to admit the hospitality part trips me up sometimes.  When faced with unexpected [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Half Dozen Buttermilk Biscuits


Last week, I unveiled my new recipe index.  It’s nothing too different than what I had already, but it’s a lot more aesthetically pleasing than my old one, which consisted simply of a list of links.  I didn’t realize all the commotion this would create.  Many of you, with very keen eyes I might add, picked [ Click to continue Reading! ]