Category Archives: Traditional with a Twist

Smoky Coconut Caramels [Vegan]

I recently whipped up a batch of my hearty mac & cheese, complete with a buttery roux, three kinds of cheese, and toasty breadcrumbs on top. When gathering the ingredients, I happened to pass the smoked paprika in the spice … Continue reading

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Nutty Orange Poundcake Bites with Jack Cheese

My recent weeks have been jam-packed with budgets, hospitals, and notaries — and you know what? All this adulthood has me daydreaming of simpler times. Believe me, I don’t want to go backward, and I’m ever thankful for my life … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pomegranate Cheesecake with a Curious Crust

As corny as it sounds, I recently wished a friend “a pomegranate week: healthy, vibrant, sweet!” While I’ve long hoped to celebrate their qualities in the form of a new dessert, the pomegranate harvest comes along and I find myself … Continue reading

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Whiskey Fig Browned Butter Bars

I’ve always felt that a good, ripe fig is like a little scoop of jam in its own bite-sized pouch. So when fig season arrives, I enjoy lots of them unadorned and I gleefully accept their sweetness as a timely … Continue reading

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Pink Pearl Apple Skillet Cake with Pink Peppercorn and Lemon

When I first came across Pink Pearl apples, I was simply magnetized. Their flesh is a vibrant, creamy rose color, their flavor is pleasantly mild and citrusy, and they only stay around for a few weeks each year — so … Continue reading

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Double Plum Torte: Fresh, Dried, Delicious

I grew up spending lots of time with my grandma, who not only stocked prunes like a quintessential senior, but also brought home buttery prune-filled danishes whenever she visited San Francisco (along with fragrant loaves of fresh sourdough bread). As … Continue reading

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Honey Dijon Caramels: A Savory-Sweet Symmetry

In the world of savories and snacks, I’ve always been a big fan of mustard. I’m known to accumulate several jars at a time for the sheer pleasure of trying new varieties. Seeded or spicy, beery or herbal — I … Continue reading

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