Homemade Limoncello (Not Lemon Jell-O) Thumbprint Cookies

Now hold on a minute, this recipe is not about jell-o. It’s all about a fruitful journey. Thumbprint cookies made with homemade limoncello liqueur. Sixty lemons, six mandarins, 5 bottles of 100 proof vodka, 9 cups of sugar and 75 days later, we produced 20 375ml bottles of limoncello, 24 limoncello cookies, and 16 ounces … Continue reading Homemade Limoncello (Not Lemon Jell-O) Thumbprint Cookies »

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Smoky Sweet Butter

Although I love cooking, my greatest food-crush is on baking. There is something magical about putting raw dough in an oven and having something completely different emerge minutes later. What was once a gooey mass of flour, water, and yeast becomes a loaf of chewy rustic bread or a lump of sticky cookie dough grows … Continue reading Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Smoky Sweet Butter »

Frozen Hot Chocolate: What is this Magical Concoction?

Oh Dad. You said it could never be done. You said the unfathomable combination of chocolates is just too much for the home cook to bear. A recipe so exact, so mystifying, that it’s downright impossible for anyone but the expertly trained chefs that make hundreds of them daily. I think you were wrong. And … Continue reading Frozen Hot Chocolate: What is this Magical Concoction? »

Maple Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberry Marshmallow Creme

I was an asthmatic child. Coughing, shortness of breathing, wheezing, the whole deal. Chocolate made it worse. One too many chocolate chips and forget it, I’d be gasping for air for hours. But as my mother learned, there is no cupboard high enough to keep chocolate away from an 8-year-old girl. Every Saturday I would … Continue reading Maple Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberry Marshmallow Creme »