Holiday Desserts: Cranberry Orange Trifle with Candied Walnuts

Here is a festive trifle that will carry you through the holidays – it’s a great do ahead party dessert with show-stopping results. Buttermilk poundcake is blanketed with layers of cranberry compote, orange infused mascarpone cream, and candied walnuts. Each bite is light and airy with the pop of sweet-tart cranberries and the crunch of […]

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Autumn Salads: Spinach with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, Walnuts and Crispy Prosciutto

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Spinach, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Walnuts, Cranberries, Orange Vinaigrette Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean we can’t have a salad. In fact, when the temperature drops, it’s even more important to eat vitamin and nutrient-rich vegetables. We might be craving stews and braises in the warmth of the kitchen, yet there is still a place […]

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Blood Orange Crostate with Salted Caramel Sauce

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~ Blood Orange Crostate ~ When it comes to baking, I like my desserts messy. This is not to say that I like dirty dishes or wayward, disfunctional stand-mixers. It means that I like desserts that are free-form, imprecise and often referred to as “rustic.” ¬†Thank goodness for the generations of country kitchens which devised […]

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Chocolate Orange Pots de Creme with Fleur de Sel

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Inspiration comes in many packages. These chocolate orange pots de creme are the result of a baking mistake. I set out to make them for a recent dinner party,¬†however I forgot to cover the ramekins while they baked in the oven. Covering the ramekins allows the chocolate to set without a thicker top crust forming […]

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Orange, Chocolate and Almond Biscotti

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~ Orange, Chocolate and Almond Biscotti ~ Biscotti are a twice-baked crisp Italian cookie, famously crunchy and perfect for dipping in coffee or milk. Many variations exist, including the traditional anise or almond biscotti, as well as cocoa infused chocolate biscotti. In this recipe I threw in everything I like in a cookie: chocolate, raisins, […]

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Orange Spiced Pound Cake

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Orange Spiced Pound Cake The egg yolks made me do it. Do you ever have an ingredient you feel compelled to use, and end up building an entire recipe around the singular ingredient? That’s how I came about this recipe for an Orange Spiced Pound Cake. I had 6 egg yolks sitting forlornly in my […]

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