Category Archives: Traditional with a Twist

Salted Spritz Cookies: Bite-Size and Butterylicious

Whether decorating a momentous cake or piping out colorful meringues, I’ve been known to giggle with excitement and even get teary-eyed when using my pastry bag. It is far from being a kitchen necessity, but it creates such beauty and … Continue reading

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Mandarin Persimmon Pie with Pecan Gingersnap Crust

As the days of the year shorten and darken, some of the brightest fruit comes into season. With a burst of vibrant color and juicy succulence, both mandarin oranges and persimmons can quench a longing for sweetness, literally and figuratively. … Continue reading

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Spiced Pear Sandwich Cakes

There’s an air of looming formality in autumn. Sandals and shorts disappear into the backs of our closets. Clinking glasses and winter rituals are close on the horizon. Playing in a pile of colored leaves feels invigorating but elusive. So … Continue reading

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Fresh Fig Torte: Frosted, Spiced, Divine

I have a friend who is so enamored with fresh figs, I’d even call it an obsession.  When we walked past a woman carrying a basket of figs recently, my friend talked about it for a week. “I wonder where … Continue reading

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Mini Rosehip Graham Crackers

Other than their occasional presence in tea and jam, rosehips haven’t surfaced much in my life. I suppose they’ve been overshadowed by the ubiquitous flowers of the same plant: roses, which have an entirely different scent and flavor than the … Continue reading

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Mulberry Oat Cookies with Nutmeg and Brown Butter

After a recent dinner out, my dad and I popped into a tiny grocery store and picked up a random sampling of items: Mexican cactus fruit, uniquely flavored popsicles (think salted chili cucumber), and a bag of dried white mulberries … Continue reading

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Violet Candy Cupcakes

Lately I’ve been yearning to return to my site’s namesake and bake with flowers again.  It was the cookies with nasturtiums that started it all, followed by recipes with lavender, rose, hibiscus, and even petal-flecked tea (both herbal and black).  … Continue reading

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