The Perfect Bite

The Perfect Bite :: Coconut Tea Cakes

In the spirit of a fresh new year, I (Jess) am working on a few healthier twists to my traditionally indulgent desserts. Today’s tea cakes use only a handful of ingredients and are simple to prepare; without sugar, traditional flour or dairy, they satisfy a craving without cratering a New Year’s resolution. The coconut flakes lend… read more


12 Tastes of Christmas :: Cranberry Galette

Jess here, and I don’t know about you, but I’m already dreaming of the perfect finalé to the holiday dinner.  This open-faced pastry studded with cranberries and walnuts looks, smells and tastes just like Christmas. Add a dollop of whipped cream or, heck, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you may as well pull out all… read more


12 Tastes of Christmas :: Rosemary Pecan Bark

Preparing and gifting holiday treats is one thing I look forward to every holiday season, and this Rosemary Pecan Bark is my current go-to dessert for making and sharing in a pinch! I always have an extensive holiday “to-bake” list of everything I want to make during the season, but thanks to the frantic schedule at this… read more


The Perfect Bite :: Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Is anyone else having trouble buttoning their pants today or is it just me? Jess here and on this blissful Black Friday, I’d be silly to bring you something that you’d have to chew so soon after your Thanksgiving feast. Accordingly, I’m pouring up the most decadent of all sip-able holiday indulgences…Baileys Irish Cream. Most… read more


The Perfect Bite :: Candy Corn Cookie Bites

I don’t know about you, but I (Jess) couldn’t possibly be more excited about Halloween this year. I cannot soak up this holiday enough. In the midst of planning my matching black cat costume with my niece, Sophie, I’ve been baking all kinds of decorative desserts and I’ve come to but one conclusion… forget all… read more


The Perfect Bite :: Pumpkin Fettuccine

Strap on the stretchy pants and get ready to join in on my pumpkin craze. Jess here, and today I’m here to share a dish that practically screams fall-on-a-plate. This creamy pumpkin fettuccine alfredo is the perfect dinner to come home to with these cooler fall temps we’ve all been dying over (truth be told, I’m just pretending the… read more


The Perfect Bite :: Sweet Potato Scones

Saddle up, friends. This morning I (Jess) am sharing one of my all-time favorite cool-weather treats: scones.  And since sweet potato happens to be my go-to ingredient du jour, I decided to add it to this perfectly crumbly, just-sweet-enough little treat. I think I’ve made just about every version and flavor combo a scone could offer with… read more


The Perfect Bite :: Birdseed Bread

You know how you’re sometimes challenged to build an outfit around your shoes? Well, in a similar foodie-case, I (Jess) found one of my favorite edible accessories to be small-batch artisinal jam. My sweet friend, Stephanie puts together some of the most interesting combinations for her jams and preserves and I always pick up a… read more


The Perfect Bite :: Rustic Apple Tart

Jess here, and I’m feeling pretty confident that today’s installment of Perfect Bite will have you suddenly excited to bid summer adieu. Bathing suit, schmathing suit, ladies — let’s break out the elastic waistbands!  I’m officially packing away summer and welcoming fall the best way possible. Never mind that the temperature is still tipping the scales at 100 degrees in Austin…I’m ready… read more


The Perfect Bite :: French Breakfast Donuts

Jess here with an especially sweet Perfect Bite. Today I’d like to celebrate the most important meal of the day…breakfast. On the weekends I like to step up my breakfast game with a more indulgent, often more time-consuming meal, but weekdays are typically reserved for quick breakfast bars or a hurried bowl of cereal. Clearly,… read more