Tuesday Tastings :: Roasted Pears with Ricotta

As summer approaches, I’m more and more into the idea of serving desserts that require little-to-no cooking and just a tiny bit of assembly. Especially after preparing all the other components of a dinner party, dessert should be easy and quick… and luckily, some of the most delicious sweets also happen to be the simplest. […]

The Perfect Bite :: Blueberry Lemon Baby Bundts

Jess here, with another recipe that showcases tart citrus flavor… and just so happens to go exceptionally well with the suddenly hot weather that’s hit Austin lately!  Since I just bought these new mini bundt pans that needed breaking in, I mixed up blueberry and zesty lemon cakes, then went a little crazy with a rosemary-infused syrup […]

The Perfect Bite :: Orange & Almond Biscotti

In my book, there’s only one thing better than coffee… and that’s coffee paired up with its most beloved cookie, the biscotti. As an out-and-proud coffee fiend, this twice-baked orange & almond biscotti has upped the ante in my morning mug meeting. It’s bright with orange zest and extra nutty with almond flour and slivered […]

The Perfect Bite :: Lemon Bars

With springtime officially upon us, I seem to unload a bounty of citrus from my shopping bags after every visit to the market… to the point where my kitchen is literally overflowing. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a tasty solution to my citrus abundance: lemon bars! I baked these in an 8″ baking dish rather than the typical […]

The Perfect Bite :: Strawberry Torte

The second that springtime rolls around each year, I instantly want to add fresh fruit to everything I eat. Berries, especially, are an essential part of my warm weather meals, and today I felt like baking them up in a pretty and yes, super simple little torte. This recipe calls for ingredients that are likely already […]

The Perfect Bite :: Buttermilk Baked Donuts

I could tell you these donuts are really healthy, but since it’s nearly Easter Sunday, I wouldn’t dare fib. What I will tell you is that they’re downright delicious and they would certainly be the perfect addition to your Easter brunch table… or any table, any day, really. These buttermilk donuts can be conveniently baked the […]

The Perfect Bite :: Triple Chocolate Scones

Scones have always been something of a staple on my parents’ breakfast table. My mother likes to bake a batch, store them in the freezer, and take two out at a time to pop in the oven for a perfectly warm breakfast treat. So I thought I’d return the favor by gifting my mom with […]

The Perfect Bite :: Nutella Shortbread Sandwiches

I (Jess) am always on the hunt for a no-fail cookie, and this simple 5-ingredient recipe turns out perfectly flaky shortbread every time. Add in Nutella — which I daresay is as popular as Oprah — and you’ve got yourself a winner. To prep the dough, I gave my arms a workout with a pastry cutter […]

The Perfect Bite :: Linzer Cookies

Jess here, and suffice it to say, I do not take Valentine’s Day lightly. Today I’m dressed head-to-toe in red and pink and more than ready to get my sugar high on. No matter where you stand on this heart-filled holiday, Valentine’s Day is here and we might as well embrace it… and if you’re like me, […]

Sweet Nothings :: Cherry-Chocolate Madeleines

Goodbye January, with all your demands of healthy behavior and resolution-keeping…hello February, month of little love notes, feminine frills and lots of chocolate! Hope y’all enjoyed our Embracing Your Best Self series, and that it challenged you to start a journey to becoming the happiest, healthiest, most creative self you can be. Over the next couple of […]

The Perfect Bite :: Cherry-Almond Power Bars

No need to avert your eyes, resolution-keepers… today’s sweet treat is made for you! Jess here, and these healthy cherry-almond bars will energize your mind and body while satisfying your sweet tooth. Total win-win. For breakfast, an afternoon snack or even a post-workout nosh, these bars are going to be your new favorite fix. I picked up dried cherries […]

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 […]

(Seriously) The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Now I know what you’re thinking: I thought January was going to be all about health and wellness, and now you’re posting tantalizing recipes to tempt me off the bandwagon? However, an important part of this month’s challenge to embrace our best selves is learning to celebrate and enjoy life’s greatest pleasures…and trust me when I say: this […]

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 […]

Tuesday Tastings :: Pear & Brown Butter Blondies

It’s officially Christmas cookie season, and I don’t know about you, but I kind of never want it to end. Friends bringing by linzer cookies & bourbon balls for sampling, my mom and I comparing notes on which biscotti to make this year… it really is the most wonderful time of the year! My cookie […]

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 […]

12 Tastes of Christmas :: Mimi’s Tarte Tatin

I just can’t shake off that Christmas spirit. As soon as December 1st arrived, the kids opened their chocolate Advent calendar and I started unpacking the Christmas ornaments stored in the attic. I had been eyeing the packed boxes for weeks, patiently waiting for the right moment. I couldn’t wait to meet our old friends again: […]