Baking

Gin & Earl Grey Tea Cake

One of the perks of having a test kitchen in the office is that, under the right hands, it turns into something of a gift to the office. Our test kitchen is managed by someone who is as talented as she is considerate. And, in much the same way that the kitchen is often the […]

Cookies. Love.

One of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies (Stranger Than Fiction) is when Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tempts Harold (Will Ferrell) with a warm cookie. Ana: After a really awful no-good day, didn’t your mama ever make you milk and cookies? Harold: No. My mother didn’t bake. The only cookies I ever had […]

Herbed Beer Bread

I’ve spent the last few months involved in a big, exciting work project. In case you don’t already know, my job marries my passion for food with my love of writing. I wear a few different hats, as I think anyone who works for a growing company does, but a big part of what I […]

Mint + Stout = Brownies

Have you ever found a recipe that is just so perfect you can’t imagine ever making the dish a different way? This time of year, especially, I’d venture that the answer is, “Of course!” Whether it’s dad’s turkey, grandma’s dessert, or your cousin’s jello salad, there are some things that you just don’t tweak. For […]

Boyfriend Cupcakes (Chocolate Orange Cupcakes)

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you meet a man. He spends the evening flirting and you find yourself flirting right back. He asks for your number, calls, and you start dating him. Even though it’s early, it feels like the sort of connection that could become something special. Then, you find out that his birthday is […]

Not My Grandma’s Beer Bread

Pages ripped from magazines, smudged index cards, sheets of paper with notes scribbled in the margins. I once thought I was the family originator of such a hodge-podge recipe collection. As it turns out, the little wooden boxes bursting to the seams are something of a legacy. My grandma had a pass-through window from the […]