Sour Cherry Brown Butter Tart

I’m obsessed with sour cherries. So obsessed, in fact, that I bought two buckets of them last year when I went to Door County. Initially the second bucket was for my mom, but, um, sorry mom… I kept them for myself.

I’m finally about half-way through with the second bucket, mostly due to this tart. The original recipe calls for raspberries, but thanks to my favorite blog in the whole wide world, Smitten Kitchen, the idea to use cherries was introduced to me. I made it for my dad’s birthday (in September–yeah, I’m behind), and it was so good I ended up making it again for a family party a few days later.

Still not convinced? On my dad’s birthday I brought it with me to my brother’s bar, Rootstock, and after sending a few slices to the kitchen, the sous chef came over to our table just to tell me how amazingly delicious it was. Score. Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts, Two Ways

Oh wow, it’s been a month, eh? Looks like I got a little behind! There’s been a lot going on — which I know is no excuse as we’re all busy — but incase you’re interested I’ll fill you in.

I got a new job! At a bakery! It’s going great, thank you for asking. It’s right up my alley and I feel like I’m learning a lot. I’m currently interning and will send more updates along the way. Continue reading

Pie Photos RECOVERED!

Happy February! and Friday!

So remember when I mentioned that my hard drive crashed right before Christmas? Well I had it taken out of my old computer and finally got around to buying a case for it with a USB so I could transfer over any files that made it onto my new computer. As it turns out, most everything was still there! I recovered all of my music, work from college (that I’ll probably never use again), and best of all, photos! I know it’s way past the holidays and everything, but without further adieu, here are some pictures of the pies I made over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Here are the links to the Pumpkin Cream (see last photo, bottom right) and the Chocolate Pecan, which were created by the ever-talented Martha Stewart. The rest are my recipes. I will post soon with full on how-to’s. Until then–food porn!

Rosemary Crust

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Curried Vegetable Galette

A lot of people think that all vegetarians eat are straight up vegetables, tofu, and french fries. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me what kind of meals I cook for myself because they just don’t understand how I can make a hardy meal and have it be vegetarian. I’m not writing this so I can stand on my soap box and run my mouth about vegetarianism, but I do want to highlight the fact that this meal is a perfect example of a hardy meal made with all natural ingredients and no meat substitutes that also happens to be vegetarian. It’s the perfect combination of healthy, yet substantial. So, with great pride, I introduce to you my Curried Vegetable Galette.

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Homemade Oreos and a New Year/Computer

First and foremost, I wish you all a very happy New Year. I hope that yours was filled with as much champagne and soul music as mine was, if you’re into that kinda thing.

I’m sure you’re wondering where the heck I’ve been for the past, ahem, month (and some change). Well, long story short my very old, cranky, SLOW MacBook finally gave out on me right after Thanksgiving. From what I’ve gathered it isn’t salvageable, but I’m saving it for my father who is a stickler for the belief that “everything can be fixed.” With that said, I’m now blogging to you from my new laptop! It’s much faster and shinier and smarter and faster and so many more things. Oh, and did I mention it’s faster? Yeah? Ok, good.

So on to this recipe. Lately I’ve been obsessed with re-creating classic treats. For example for Christmas I made candy assortments as gifts and the crowd favorite was the homemade peanut butter cups. I’ve also been playing with the idea of Almond Joys, but now the holidays are over so no one will eat them. I can’t wait for January to be over. These cookies I actually made back in November when everyone was still stuffing themselves with sugar and butter-laden goods I created. This was actually one of two desserts offered that night. So even though it’s January, I’m still sharing the recipe with you. There’s gotta be someone out there that will make them. Or at least you can just look at some food porn for a bit while you snack on celery. Deal? Ok, there. Now everybody’s happy.


Here‘s the recipe I used from Sea Salt with Food. Please disregard the fact that her photos are 14,000 times better than mine (approximately).

I have lots more coming up soon, so stay tuned!

Whole Wheat Herb Foccacia

Hello from Pieland! 21 pies down, 3 more to go (for a post-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving). Yep, the number increased again to make the final count an even 24.

The other day my brother took me to Whole Foods to buy all of the ingredients for my pies. I calculated everything out exactly to avoid over/under buying anything, so my list looked ridiculous with a bunch of crazy calculations on it. As I was shopping around, I couldn’t find the baking aisle. I asked a man that worked there if he could steer me in the right direction, and he asked what I’m baking. “Uh, 17 pies…” I responded and giggled nervously. “Oh! Well how much flour do you need?”. I look at my list. “Approximately 24.5 cups.” After a bit more calculating, we figured out that I would spend almost $35.00 on individual bags of flour, until he suggested another idea: I could buy a 50 lb. bag of flour from him for $20.00. That’s more than double for almost half the price. Seriously? Deal.
I love when things like that happen. It just goes to show that people will surprise you, and are often much more willing to help than you’d think — you just need to talk to them first.

Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

Your first impression of these cookies is probably like most everyone that saw them in real life: “Why are they shaped like hatchets, you creep?”. Well, on the day that I made them I thought it would be more obvious, being that it was Halloween and all. Hatchets are scary! Halloween is scary! It totally makes sense. Plus, it was a perfect opportunity for me to use one of the awesome cookie cutters my friend Natalie got me for Christmas last year.

Still, no one got it, making me look like a total weirdo. This isn’t uncommon, just a little unfortunate.

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Homemade Granola Bars

People are usually surprised when I admit that one of my favorite foods of all time is peanut butter. It took me 4 months to convince my Spanish roommates to try it, but once they did, they were immediately seduced by its magical powers. I’m usually a purist, though, when it comes to peanut butter. I eat a PB&J, have it with apple slices, or ants on a log as a snack, but that’s about it. As I’ve mentioned before, I like to make my own granola, and finally I found a recipe where I can combine the power of peanut butter and homemade granola.

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