kaffir lime leaf lemonade

Kaffir Lime Leaf Lemonade Recipe

drinks, fruit | January 7, 2016 | By

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 of life. But, how can we expect to keep our resolutions to be better, new improved people when our homes are full of the past year’s baggage.

Let’s agree to reschedule this so-called “spring cleaning”.

As the the days in December started running out, my…

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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 salacious and indecent.

Rubberneck with me, and enjoy every carnal bite. 

Fresh Strawberry Tapioca Pudding with Vanilla Bean and Honey Recipe

1 c small tapioca pearls 3 1/2 c milk 1/2…

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poached pear hand pies

dessert, fruit | December 6, 2012 | By

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 baguette.

All of these crispy bits throw that whole sharing is caring thing right out the window. Give me my CRUST.

And then there is the best crust of all…pie.

Buttery. Flaky. The exterior has crunch. The interior is soaked with gooey pie filling. Screw…

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spiced hot apple cider

Fill pot with sweet and tart apples

drinks, fruit | November 5, 2012 | By

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. Apple season typically starts in September. By the time November rolls around, the Greenmarket at Union Square is overflowing with apples of more varieties than I ever knew existed. And with the apples (and the ever growing cold) comes cider. Hot, spicy, naturally sweet…

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