Category Archives: Baking with Herbs

Lemongrass Meringues: Simple and Scrumptious

A friend of mine recently mentioned his success in cooking a dinner with lemongrass, and I was intrigued.  I always enjoy lemongrass in Vietnamese and Thai food (especially tom kha gai: that fragrant and delectable coconut milk soup) — but … Continue reading

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Cilantro Sultana Mini Pies: Golden Raisins, Honey and Lemon

I realize that cilantro falls into the same polarizing category as coconut, licorice, and raisins: for everyone that loves it, someone else hates it with a passion — whether it’s simple preference or genetics that cause the disdain. (If you … Continue reading

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Blueberry Basil Bourbon Cupcakes

Blueberries, bourbon, basil.  It might sound like a tongue-twister, or an odd amalgamation at best.  But please trust me: this trio of flavors is a sweet symphony of complementary bliss.  While I’ve made plenty of desserts with liquor and occasionally … Continue reading

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Lemony Fennel Cupcakes

Before she left town for a new job in a new state, my kind friend had me over for dinner earlier this summer.  It was a dreamy evening filled with playing with her little son, picking figs from her neighbor’s … Continue reading

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Butter and Brandy: Raspberry Basil Shortbread

When I went grocery shopping with a dear friend recently, I found myself in an indecisive mood.  I’d ooh and ahh at an item, put it in our cart, then soon mumble hesitantly and put it back on the shelf.  … Continue reading

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Sweet Pea Spring Cake

Frozen peas are my backup for fresh veggies, and the kind I buy come in a bag that boasts: “Naturally sweet!”  Those pretty italic words have been calling to me lately.  Of course, I usually mask the peas’ sweetness with … Continue reading

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Peppermint Leaf Meringues

Eggs are important. I’ve written about them before, but having recently seen them on Easter and Passover plates alike, I now welcome a renewal of my reflection on them.  The symbolism of an egg is powerful, offering meaningful messages about … Continue reading

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