Strawberry Tart with Mascarpone Basil Cream

Jen Lesson of the Day: I love combining baked sweets with herbs and spices, aka I know how to get ma funk on. I used to work at a bakery in Brooklyn, called Ovenly, and I have such reverence for their products, which are often sweet-meet-savory, i.e. black olive cookies. While there is nothing wrong with foods that just fit the bill, it's always better if it can surprise you *in a good way*. We have our entire lives to settle, and sometimes, we lose sight of what it really means to live a little and push the boundaries....more

Panko Crusted Chicken Two Ways: Pear, Sage, Gruyere and Ricotta, Tomato, Basil

I love things that are filled with things. I.e. cookies inside cookies or the cherpumple, which is on my to-do in life list (3 pies inside 3 cakes). It'll happen.. especially if I have kids. Can you say, best/worst mother ever?...more

Kitchen Rematch: Mastering Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Browned Butter-Sage Sauce

Visit me at for all of my previous posts! I tried making gnocchi once before with normal russet potatoes. My boyfriend at the time must've been trying to spare my feelings because it was atrocious. I can still feel them in my mouth. The gnocchi was composed of dense balls that were still mushy. Talk about time wasted. I yearned for a rematch. ...more

Imitation Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Visit me at !Lofthouse cookies are such a love-hate relationship for me. I love almost everything about them—from their unnaturally vibrant coloring to their moist texture. The hate part comes from reading the label. Don't do it.  Just be happy. They bring me back to college when we would pick them up from Schnucks (a St. Louis thang) and go to town on them....more