kaffir lime leaf lemonade

Spring cleaning is a bit of a cruel joke, isn’t it? It is supposed to occur around March, once all the sparkle of the new year has rusted. In the first week of the year, we are determined to compose a list of promises detailing how we are going to approach the coming 365 days […]

fresh strawberry tapioca pudding

Tapioca pudding is an attractive dessert. Just look at it. Voluptuous little pearls of tapioca. Creamy pudding. Specks of vanilla bean. Juicy macerated strawberries ooze south filling every open crevice.  It is downright lascivious. Slap me with a felony, if you must, but I just cannot stop oggling…or eating…or spoon licking.  This is a dessert made for the […]

poached pear hand pies

I am extremely fond of crusts. The char on a perfectly grilled steak. The edges of a meatloaf. The perimeter of a wood-fired pizza. The crunchy topping on bubbly mac and cheese. Stripping a quiche of its casing is not out of the question. And let us not forget the crust of a hot Parisienne […]

spiced hot apple cider

Fill pot with sweet and tart apples

I was a late bloomer when it came to apple cider. Texas isn’t apple country. It’s peach, jalapeno and taco country. Apples were always shipped in from north of the Mason Dixon line, so apple picking was never part of my fall agenda. Then I moved to New York and I became an instant convert. […]