Category Archives: Sweet

strawberry jam

Strawberry Jam

Is there anything better than a 3 day holiday weekend?  After a 4 week stretch of lots and lots of work and attempting to keep up with my marathon training, this 3 day 4th of July weekend was most welcome.  My laundry is done, my apartment is clean, long bike rides were taken and baked beans, potato salad, cherry sorbet, and hot dogs were consumed. Continue reading

rhubarb {two ways}

Rhubarb
If you would have told me a few years ago that I would eagerly awaiting the arrival of rhubarb season, listening to one of my favorite bloggers discuss rhubarb, {aside-if you aren’t listening to Molly and Matthew you are really missing out, I love reading her Bon Appetit column even more now if that is even possible-end aside} and dreaming up ways to use the pounds and pounds I just have to buy at the market; I would have thought you were crazy. You see, a few years ago, I didn’t even know that rhubarb existed. I don’t know if it is my Texas hertiage or the lack of farmers’ markets in my past but I never had rhubarb until last year. However, for every season I will try to make up for the 24 rhubarb-less years of my past. Continue reading

sunday scones

Clementine-Cherry Scones

Sundays are for scones.  Especially freshly baked ones.  I can’t think of anything better than a scone, fresh out of your own oven, with a big mug of rich French-pressed Intelligentsia coffee.  Scones in my mind are also a weekend thing.  This is strange because it really is simple to freeze the scones pre-baking to quickly bake off for a weekday morning but then you can’t linger with them on a pretty plate while sipping coffee.  Just doesn’t seem right to woof ’em down en route on the bus to work. Continue reading

black and spotty

Banana Bread

Isn’t it interesting that some things in life are better off absolutely fresh:  a perfectly plump red strawberry in a pint at a Saturday farmer’s market in June;  a french baguette that is still just a little warm to the touch; pan roasted brussels sprouts topped with some shaved parm; a mug of french press made with Intelligentsia beans that were roasted just the day before.  But bananas?  Give them to me black and spotted and just this side of being truly rotted. Continue reading

pretty and pink

Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Raspberry Buttercream

I think Valentine’s Day falls into the “holidays that are way better as a child” category. In elementary school, I used to love to go the store to buy the box of Valentines for the class gift exchange. I will admit that I was a little boy crazy from the womb. I had 3 “boyfriends” alone in 1st grade. I would dig through the box of assorted Valentines and choose the “best” one for whatever boy I had a crush on at the time. Continue reading

winter citrus

Cherry Orange Honey Scones

In case you haven’t heard, its been a pretty crazy winter for the Northeast (and a little bit for Texas too).  I will admit that I am a little jealous hearing about feet of snow and multiple snow days when Chicago has only got a little 4-6 inch bursts in the city (the suburbs could be an entirely different story).  But the one thing we all have in common is winter citrus. Continue reading

millionaire’s shortbread

Ok…so I was back a day later than promised.  What can I say…I gotta little sucked into what Wiggs referred to as a vortex called wedding blogs.  Its quite overwhelming to say the least.  But what I am really here to talk about is this….

Millionaire’s Shortbread
Hello Lover [said in a Carrie Bradshaw voice]. Yes, this is another recipe from The Baked Cookbook. Yes, I am sad that I have had to return the book to the library. Yes, it is the first thing I am throwing in my shopping cart the next time I need to make an Amazon purchase. Continue reading