Plum Jam

Plum Jam

Here’s a simple plum jam with just three ingredients– four, if you decide to add a dash of vanilla. I love recipes like this. Simple, classic, and incredibly delicious. The plums are naturally high in pectin, and using an appropriate amount of sugar lets them gel. 

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Lemon Meltaways

Lemon Meltaways

Lemon meltaways are a tender cookie made from a shortbread base. They’re coated in powdered sugar, crumble easily, and are designed, as the name suggests, to melt in your mouth. Lemon meltaways can be sweet or tart– this version stays on the sweet side, getting its lemon flavor from zest, and just a teaspoonful of […]

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Classic Shortbread Cookies

Classic Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are a favorite of mine because they are so simple to make. Classic shortbread recipes contain only three ingredients– butter, sugar, and flour. Of course, the variations are endless. You can swap the white sugar out for powdered sugar, for a finer crumb. This seems to be the standard in most modern shortbread […]

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Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha Ice Cream

  Is summer over already? It’s the first day of September and the last few weeks have flown by. I find it hard to believe— as I do at the start of every season— that it’s already time for the weather to change. Soon we’ll be trading in bathing suits for coats and sweaters, ice […]

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Blue Ribbon Vanilla Ice Cream

Blue Ribbon Vanilla Ice Cream

  This vanilla ice cream is a summertime classic. It’s simple. Made of a sweet custard base and real vanilla– vanilla bean if you have it.  It’s creamy and sweet, rich but not cloying.  I’d like to think it’s the kind of dessert that could be the blue-ribbon winner of a small town ice cream […]

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Simple Frosted Cocoa Brownies

Simple Frosted Cocoa Brownies

  The solstice and the 4th of July are the two big days that mark the beginning of summer. Now we are in the thick of it. Expect barbecues, picnics, and day trips to the beach. Pool parties if you’re lucky.  These brownies are easy to pull together and they’re great for events. Take them […]

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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

    It’s the tail end of winter and the lemons are everywhere. I live in an adorable neighborhood where people fill their yards with fruit trees, flowers, and crazy-looking succulents. One house a block and a half down from me has a lemon tree out front, brimming with fruit every year in late winter. Right […]

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Mini Blueberry Cream Scones

Mini Blueberry Cream Scones

  Hello August. Hello birthday. Hello to the last lazy afternoons and plane rides. Hello golden afternoons and ever-so-slightly-earlier sunsets.  To be perfectly honest, this new month snuck up on me.  Here I was thinking that summer was just beginning– I had finally learned to take advantage of my weekends and enjoy the season. I learned […]

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