roasted sweet potatoes with figs, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction

roasted sweet potatoes with figs, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction

    the middle east has mastered cuisine in a way unparalleled by any other region. most dishes are extremely healthy, consisting of seasonal produce, fresh meat, local cheese, or a combination of the three. middle eastern flavors are vibrant, diverse, and loaded with character. no offense to france, but i would much rather go on a [...]

november + a chocolate espresso cake

november + a chocolate espresso cake

i think i have mild synesthesia. synesthesia is a condition where the brain joins letters, names, and shapes with a sensory perception like color, smell, or flavor. for me, it typically surfaces in the form of color - for example, 'monday' is light blue and the name 'mary' is red. sometimes it's influenced by personality, etc., and sometimes it's completely [...]

banana blondie trifles with dulce de leche custard

banana blondie trifles with dulce de leche custard

      my preferred banana ripeness is spotted, brown, and mushy. i like them best when the peel softens to the point of falling off and the fruit tastes almost fermented. people often recommend getting rid of brown bananas by masking them with spices in a quick bread, but i think they deserve to be the star of their [...]

deep-dish granny smith chicken pot pie with a cheddar crust

deep-dish granny smith chicken pot pie with a cheddar crust

makes four servings This autumnal entrée takes everything you thought you knew about apple pie and throws it out the window. There's no cinnamon, no nutmeg, no sprinkling of turbinado sugar to make for a caramelized crust. Instead, we're taking onions, thyme, and sautéed chicken and sealing them in a flaky, buttery, made-from-scratch dough. I pressed the [...]

pumpkin cheesecake with almond gingersnap crust + sukkot

makes twelve servings There are hundreds of Jewish holidays. Okay there are twelve, but that's actually so many! We have a holiday to celebrate the birthday of the trees! Sukkot celebrates agriculture and autumn and the harvest season. It involves building and sleeping in a sukkah, which has three walls and an roof made of tree branches [...]

pound cake with hidden pumpkin center

pound cake with hidden pumpkin center

makes twelve servings Although this is a time-consuming cake, the final result is delicious and beyond impressive. Okay, so my cake ended up a little under baked. Substantially under baked. Near raw. BUT!! That does not mean that yours cannot be amazinglythoroughlyundoubtably cooked throughout. When the cake had been in the oven for an hour, I [...]