The Best Cashew Cookies

Cashews are slightly sweet with a wonderfully buttery, nutty flavor. They are crunchy when roasted, but that buttery sweetness comes through no matter how you prepare them. Cashews are a bit more expensive than some other nuts, such as peanuts or almonds, but cashew fans will tell you that the higher price tag is well worth if for their unique flavor ....more

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Bananas Foster

Bananas foster is one of my favorite retro desserts because it is easy to make, fun to make and tastes delicious. The recipe dates back to 1950s New Orleans, which was a shipping hub for bananas at the time. A clever chef combined fresh bananas with brown sugar, butter and booze, then served the mixture over a scoop of ice cream ....more

Cook’s Country Taste Tests Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut

I love baking with coconut, from coconut cookies to coconut cream pies. My kitchen is always stocked with bags of shredded coconut. A few years ago, you could only find sweetened, shredded coconut at the grocery store ....more

Brown Sugar Whoopie Pies with Dulce de Leche Filling

Whoopie pies are absolutely delicious when they are done well, but can be downright boring when they are not. A bad whoopie pie might be bland or dry, with not enough filling to compliment the amount of cake surrounding it. The cake-like sandwich cookies should be moist and tender, but still strong enough to support a generous amount of frosting without falling apart when you go to take a bite ....more

Bites from other Blogs

Summer is starting to get into full swing and that means that ice cream is appearing more regularly on my dessert menu. My new cookbook, How to Make Ice Cream, is a great place to get started if you want to learn the basic techniques involved in making ice cream at home. These recipes from other blogs also caught my eye this week and will get your summer started off on the right foot ....more

Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts

A dessert doesn’t have to be fancy to be delicious. In fact, there are some desserts out there that are much prettier to look at than they are delicious to eat. Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts is a cookbook that is packed with desserts, but each and every one of them puts flavor before the fancy – though they are also -beautiful too look at! ...more

Individual Vanilla Bean Apricot Cobblers

Stone fruits are always an excellent choice for making cobblers, crisps and other fruit desserts. Peaches and nectarines are the stars of the stone fruit world when it comes to desserts, but plums and apricots can be amazing in baked goods, as well. Fresh, ripe apricots have a floral, honeyed flavor that is unique and delicious – and that becomes intensified when the fruits spend a little bit of time in the oven ....more

Endless Summer Rum Punch

Long weekends and warm summer nights are great excuses to invite friends over for some delicious food and even more delicious drinks. I like to make drink recipes that serve a crowd when I’m entertaining, rather than cocktails that need to be mixed up one at a time and take me away from the party. Sangrias filled with fresh fruit are always a safe option, but I find myself making rum punches even more often these days ....more

Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Shave ice is one of my favorite Hawaiian treats. Unlike “shaved ice,” shave ice is made up of impossibly fluffy ice shavings that melt almost instantly on your tongue. The tiny shavings really hang on to the syrups, so you get a lot of flavor in each bite, not a cone of ice and a pool of syrup at the bottom ....more

Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu, HI

When you are hungry around lunchtime in Hawaii, you want to look for a place to grab a “plate lunch.”...more