Rye Chocolate Brownies

Former Vogue editor Suzanne Karotkin loves whipping up this recipe from Claire Ptak’s The Violet Bakery cookbook when she’s entertaining on the family ranch. The rye flour makes for an especially rich and gooey treat. See the full story where Suzanne served these brownies at the Wild River Ranch here. photographed by mia baxter

Blueberry & Ricotta Skillet Cake

Summer fruit is giving me life these days. Whether it’s raw, baked or preserved, I truly can’t get enough. This blueberry ricotta cake is the perfect way to highlight summer berries & serve a gorgeous, crowd-pleasing sweet. While it’s technically a “cake”, we highly suggest you give it a try for breakfast. After all, summer’s […]

Ember-Roasted Strawberries

I have a serious crush on Francis Mallman. The Argentinean chef takes the best ingredients and cooks them over live fire to create food that’s sensuous and rustic, lusty and delicious. Watch him on Chef’s Table and fall in love with him yourself. Watch, and like me, you’ll want to invite your friends over and […]

Fourth of July Dessert Bar

Taken a look at the calendar lately? It’s hard to believe how quickly this summer is racing by and that the Fourth of July is only 3 days away! The 4th is one of my favorite food days of the year, and I’ve been scouring my recipe files for ideas on what to toss on the grill (there’s still […]

Cherry Almond Tart

Click here for the full “Fourth of July Dessert Bar” blog post photography by Jessica Attie

Melon & Citrus Popsicles

First things first, can I get a collective HOORAY for summer’s arrival?! It’s officially here, and the longer days and warmer weather have put me in an unusually peppy mood, even for a gal who spends most of her time hopped up on sugar. And since I no longer have the luxury of spending two long months […]

S’mores Hand Pies

Click here to read the full story, Entertaining with DeNai Jones! Photos by Daniele Rose Photography. 

Black and White Pancake Cake

*editor’s note: I’ve known Shauna Sever, San Francisco-based blogger at The Next Door Baker, for a few years now, and I’ve long been a fan of her simple, crave-worthy recipes as well as her kind and fun personality. I couldn’t have been more excited to receive her newest book, Real Sweet, in the mail recently, […]

16 Best Birthday Cake Recipes

Birthday cakes are the best. Is there anything that feels – or tastes – more celebratory and indulgent than a multilayered confection topped with a crown of flickering candles? For me, they also taste like love: every year since I can remember, my mom has taken requests to make whatever cake I want, and they’ve […]

Hibiscus Marshmallows

Marshmallows are, hands down, one of my favorite things to make at home. Try them once, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find even a trace of relation between the homemade version and the waxy, deflated ones you find at the grocery store. Don’t get me wrong, each has its place in the sun, and I will gladly […]