Food & Cooking Blog

Travel Tuesday: Have You Heard About French Tartines?

By Ashley Rodriguez
French TartineThe house was quiet while the sun glared through the windows warming me as I worked at the table. Alone with little more than a loaf of bread, ricotta, heavy, deep-red tomatoes and peaches that smelled of candy as they sat ripening in a brown paper bag on the counter, it was all I needed. Come along on my adventures with tartines! Read more »

How to Make Cherries Jubilee Cupcakes

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Cherries Jubilee CupcakesDid you know that today is National Cherries Jubilee Day? For some, the idea of making a flaming dessert is daunting. Luckily, there's a way to have cherries jubilee sans flame, and eat some cake and buttercream, too: cherries jubilee cupcakes. Read more »

Fall Harvest Salad

By Ashley Rodriguez
Fall Harvest SaladFall is officially here, and there's no better way to enjoy the season than with a delicious salad starring fall's freshest ingredients: maple roasted squash on top of a bed of spinach and lentils that have been tossed in a thyme-laced dressing. There’s nutty Gruyère and toasted hazelnuts that bring a warmth just when the days have gotten a bit chilled. Read more »

A Taste of Autumn: Apple Cider Doughnut Recipe

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Homemade Apple Cider DoughnutsIf you've made doughnuts at home before, then you know how easy and fun they are to make. These doughnuts follow many of the same methods, but are artfully scented with spice and brimming with apple cider flavor both in the dough and in the glaze. Oh, are they ever good. Read more »

Amaze Your Friends: How to Make Homemade Sprinkles

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Ice Cream Topped with Homemade SprinklesMaking sprinkles at home is a highly rewarding practice: extremely easy to do, and yielding a terrific-tasting result that will add panache and taste to whatever treat is lucky enough to call them garnish. Here's a tutorial on how to do it. Read more »

Savory Saturday: Don’t Have a Cow — All About Goat Cheese

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Goat CheeseYou might be tempted to think of goat cheese as an ingredient which has gained popularity only recently as an ingredient in fancy salads and pasta dishes. But it's actually been made for thousands of years, and is likely one of the earliest dairy products ever made. As a service to the uninitiated -- or gourmands just looking for a refresher to enhance their food and cooking savvy -- here's a primer all about goat cheese. Read more »

12 Creative Cheeseburgers for National Cheeseburger Day

By Jessie Oleson Moore
CheeseburgersOh, what a wonderful week. Yesterday was National Apple Dumpling Day. Tomorrow is National Butterscotch Pudding Day. And today, sandwiched between these sweet occasions, is National Cheeseburger Day. In celebration of this momentous day, here are twelve particularly delicious specimens of creative gourmet cheeseburgers. All of these meat, bread, and cheese creations are inspiring, but even better, several come with recipes so that you can get cooking and recreate the magic at home! Read more »

How to Make Gooey Butter Cake: Unlike Anything Else!

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Gooey Butter CakeGooey Butter Cake: every part of this sweet treat’s name sounds just so right. Perhaps calling it a cake, however, is a bit misleading, since it's a layered affair with a cakey crust and soft, buttery filling that's baked in a shallow pan, then cut into squares, more like lemon bars or brownies. While the finished product may resemble a lemon bar, it is a very different taste experience: a buttery, tangy, gooey, almost cake batter-esque flavor that is unlike anything else you've ever experienced. Learn how to make it here! Read more »

Travel Tuesday: Beignet, Done That — 10 Tasty New Orleans Sweets

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Banana and Rum CartoonFrom buttery, brown-sugar rich pralines to bourbon bread pudding to beautifully decorated cakes and beignets served with a mountain of confectioners' sugar, the desserts of the Big Easy are downright naughty. And yet they're so decadently, deliciously memorable that you'll have no regrets -- only sweet memories. Here's a collection of ten inimitable dessert experiences to be discovered in New Orleans. Read more »