Desserts

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…

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…

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…

S’mores Whoopie Pies

I really love bite-side food. Maybe that’s why I love spanish tapas and why I like to make a bunch of appetizers when I entertain. I also love bite-size dessert, so these mini whoopie pies fit right into my bite-size food obsession.  Read more…

Pumpkin Pie

My new favorite thing to do in the fall is visit the pumpkin patch because, well, it’s decorative gourd season. And, then I go over to my friend’s house and we make homemade pumpkin pie! Read more…

Blueberry Fool

The dessert is great for the person who doesn’t like cake—I know, I know, but these people do exist in my life, and I’m still friends with them—and it’s also a light, refreshing summertime treat that can be made with any seasonal berry. Try it with raspberry, blackberry, marionberry, etc. and let me know what […] Read more…

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