Recipes

Mint Julep

It’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but also it’s a delightful cocktail for any sunny day. Instead of the traditional method of muddling mint leaves, I like to make mint-infused simple syrup. It’s more user friendly for your Derby party, and it’s great to have on hand when you need a spur of […] Read more…

Mini Derby Pie

Invented in 1950 in Prospect, Kentucky, Derby Pie is also known as “Pegasus Pie” and “May Day Pie” because the original creator, the Kern Family, has sued to protect its trademark “Derby Pie” name 25 times—including Bon Appetit who tried to claim the term is generic. Well, whatever it’s called, it’s a delicious staple at my Derby Party every […] Read more…

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

My friend, Shannon (doctor by day, pastry chef by night), bakes these festive White Chocolate Cherry cookies every holiday season. Now that I live a million miles away from Shannon and her delightful desserts, I felt like this was the year to add them to my own baking playlist. These amazing treats are based on […] Read more…

Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies

These cookies were the brainchild of the Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé, made famous by Dorie Greenspan, and given their current name by Richard Gold, who is convinced that a daily dose of these cookies is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness. I love baking up batches of these as Christmas gifts for friends […] Read more…

Hot Toddy

My hubby and I have a fun holiday tradition with our friends in Seattle—the first weekend in December, we caravan out to a Christmas tree farm, trek across fields looking for our perfect tree, and toast to our friendship over hot toddies. I’ve perfected my version over the last few years—replacing the honey with a ginger […] Read more…

Nectarine Caprese Salad

This versatile fruit salad made with nectarines, blueberries and mozzarella, is perfect for lunch, as complement to dinner, or as a party dish. The sweet nectarines are perfectly balanced by the creamy mozzarella, making this a refreshing fruit salad with substance. Read more…

Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons are incredibly easy to make, keep for a year in the fridge, and can be used in so many dishes that there’s no excuse not to always have them on hand. Try using Meyer Lemons when they are in season. Read more…

John Besh’s Fruit Crumble

This fruit crumble is a favorite go-to of mine, especially during berry season—I like to use raspberries, blueberries, or peaches—and it’s easy to toss everything into one baking dish for a party, or divide into individual ramekins for a quick weeknight treat. You can even assemble it in advance and bake when ready. Read more…

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