Giving Thanks: Frozen Cranberry Nougats

  Happy Thanksgiving to all! This is just a short update since I'm in Kansas about to celebrate the holiday with the family of the boyfriend. I just wanted to share a little concoction I whipped up before I left, while I was getting into the holiday mood. Cranberries are inextricably linked to the holiday […]...

Gingerbread Cupcakes for a Special Birthday

Does anyone else have a noticeable uptick in friends’ birthdays around this time of the year? November to me is not just the month that marks the beginning of the holidays, but also the beginning of the birthday onslaught. I have my theories as to why (consider that Valentine’s Day occurs 9 months earlier…hmm…) but […]...

Vanilla, Mocha, Walnuts: Memories of Bundt Cake

Some of my earliest memories of baking at home involved my mom, a box of cake mix, and a bundt pan. Now, to be completely fair to my mom and cake mixes, she came over to America at the age of 23, newly married, entering a foreign culture, knowing almost nobody. I don’t think she […]...

A Clafouti For Chilly Days: Apples, Cranberries, and Vanilla Bean

A dear friend of mine just returned from Africa and brought me a wonderful gift: a literal bag of whole vanilla beans! Apparently vanilla beans are much less expensive in Africa (no doubt due to the vanilla bean powerhouse Madagascar) so thanks to my friend R I now own more vanilla beans that I thought […]...