Category Archives: Traditional with a Twist

Brown Butter Hamantaschen

I’ve always loved hamantaschen, the triangular cookies named after the villain of the Purim story (more about that here). But the traditional white dough can taste plain and almost pasty, even if it surrounds a pocket of sweet filling in … Continue reading

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Candy Cane Coconut Sherbet

For decades, my Grandma re-used the same dusty candy canes on her Christmas tree. So as a kid at her house, I was neither allowed to eat them nor tempted by them. While I’ve long loved them as an adornment, it … Continue reading

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Honey Apricot Cookies

I recently found a very special jar of honey on my front porch. Across the metallic lid was the address label of a cherished neighbor who had recently passed away. An attached scroll of paper was filled with her husband’s … Continue reading

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Blood Orange Poppy Seed Cake

Jose, who runs my favorite taqueria, puts his heart into his work. It’s delightful to hear the passion in his voice when he talks about recipes, family dishes, and thoughtful ingredients. When he told me he’d been looking at my … Continue reading

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Buddha’s Hand Citron and Pistachio Pound Cake

Several years ago, my dad sent me this beautiful poem written by his longtime friend. I couldn’t wait to find the unusual fruit on which she’d written such heartfelt verses — to smell it, taste it, and transform it into … Continue reading

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White Peach Campari Sorbet

Whenever he wanted an apéritif before a special dinner, my dad always ordered the same drink: Campari and soda with a twist. He loved the refreshing sparkle of fizzy water alongside herbal, bitter liqueur and tart lemon peel. (He also … Continue reading

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Sweet Almond Cherry Bars

It’s funny how a recipe can evolve, branch off, and even come full circle. A couple of years ago, I was determined to make a new blondie-like bar cookie with cherries in it. I played around and came up with … Continue reading

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