‘scotcheroos

In a large pot over medium heat, combine 1 cup of light corn syrup, 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup creamy peanut butter. Remove from heat and mix in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 6 cups Rice Krispies. Stir to combine. When thoroughly combined, spread into a parchment paper lined 13 x 9…

Bottled Sunshine

Lemon curd goes well with lavender shortbread cookies and is a good way to use up a dozen lemons when life hands you a barrel full. Zest and juice about 12 small-medium lemons. You’re looking for 1/2 cup of lemon juice and I like to use however much zest accompanies that much juice. It should…

Flowery and Buttery Goodness

If you don’t like lavender or don’t have access to food grade lavender, omit it.  Pulverize 2 teaspoons dried lavender (with a mortar and pestle, blender, or food processor). Cream this together with 1 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Mix in 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 2 cups all purpose…

Sparkling Cider Muffins

For a variety of reasons, we open a bottle of Martinelli’s each holiday we host. The thing is, we never finish a bottle of it. This recipe uses up some of the leftover and some pureed pumpkin (for when I don’t use the whole can making puppy treats for Gibbs and Nugget). Combine 1/2 cup oat flour,…

Pudding Pie

A word of caution: this is not a pie that you can throw together at the last minute. This is a pie that needs to be refrigerated for at least 24 hours. Sometimes longer. I recommend making this with the chocolate animal cracker pie crust, but the shortbread crust is a good option, too.  …

Animal Cracker Pie Crust

In a food processor, crush approximately 2 cups of chocolate animal crackers (or other wafer cookie) until it forms fine crumbs. Measure 1 1/2 cups of these crumbs into a mixing bowl. Slowly stream in 6 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled. Press into a pie plate and really smash it all together. The more…

Dutch Oven Pancakes: Pannekoeken

This recipe comes from my husband’s family, and was relayed to me recently using non-measuring terms. Graham held up his hands about an inch and a half apart and told me we used that much sugar. Don’t worry, I have actual measurements for you. Whisk together 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon sugar, a pinch of kosher…

Orange, Earl Grey, and Matcha

Madeleines are cookies that most folks find impressive but are secretly really easy to make. They are also among my favorite cookies. Of these three recipes, the orange are my favorite! Preheat oven to 375. With a mixer, beat together one egg, 2 teaspoons milk, 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, and a pinch…

Fancy Dessert Can Still Taste Like Childhood

There’s no way to describe Panna Cotta except as milk jello. And that is not appetizing to people, apparently. This, however, tastes exactly like childhood. I used my favorite childhood cereal and regret nothing. Graham is eagerly awaiting a version that uses Blueberry Toast Crunch. The process is the same no matter which cereal you use….

Mango-a-go-goes with Lime

I often find that graham cracker crusts are a bit heavily flavored for me and then pies have to be sweeter to hold their own. Plus, the idea of a citrus fruit with shortbread makes me think of Scottish lemon curd on shortbread, which I love together. This tart is my answer to a cheesecake,…