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apricot and habanero jam on toast with basil and ricotta

This apricot jam is my new summer fling! It is sweet, with just a little bit of heat and a vibrant orange color thanks to the addition of turmeric.

Apricot Jam with Turmeric & Habanero

Breakfast & Brunch

s'mores cookies on a picnic table with marshmallows and chocolate

Gooey marshmallows, melty milk chocolate, and a graham-flavored cookie, these babies have it all! No campfire required!

S’mores Cookies


cherry and cream cheese hand pies with a rolling pin

Dear Cherries, I’m sorry strawberries get all the fame when summer hits. Maybe it’s because you have a pit that contains cyanide? Making you harder to eat and potentially poisonous. But to me, that sounds pretty metal. You are beautiful, sweet, tart, and make me think of the many cherry stickers I had in the […]

Cherry & Cream Cheese Hand Pies


pieces of blackberry foccacia surrounding olive oil and balsamic

Can I share something super “inside” about this whole food blogging thing? There are weeks when I feel really good about a recipe: It tests well, is fairly straightforward, and gets the thumbs up from both me and Andrew. But, that momentary burst of happiness comes and goes when I realize that now I need […]

Blackberry & Nectarine Focaccia


two milkwood cocktails next to The Last Smile in Sunder City book

Milkwood is boozy, creamy, and perfectly spiced for a delicious addition to your The Last Smile in Sunder City book club.

Boozy Book Club – The Last Smile in Sunder City


Spring favorites

seasonal recipes to help you celebrate every occasion

How to Create a Drop-dead Gorgeous Dessert Board

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