Philly-Style Soft Pretzels

In Philadelphia, soft pretzels are a significant and constant presence in life. Having grown up in that city, their delicious abundance forms the centerpiece of countless memories. Like of my neighbor who made deliveries...more

Almond Cluster Cookies

Pull out your shopping lists and preheat your ovens…the healthiest cookie recipe I will EVER post is here, and it’s pretty delicious too. A version of this cookie, served by our Thanksgiving hotel, won me and my sister over. Generous mounds of sweet, densely packed sliced almonds made for relatively guilt-free pool-side snacking, and peeling the almond pieces apart gave us something to do when the clouds rolled in ....more

Bacon-Wrapped Banana Bombs

I spent another wonderful Thanksgiving in Jamaica, relaxing with my family. The weather wasn’t the best this time around, but a little bit of...more

Pumpkin Cheesecake in Phyllo

Three bourbon pumpkin cheesecakes wrapped in crispy, phyllo dough purses, drizzled with bourbon salted caramel and topped with pumpkin seeds. It’s not quite what you imagine when you order “pumpkin cheesecake” off of a menu, but it’s similar to what Blue Duck Tavern brought to my table several years ago when I did just that. I was astounded ....more

Popover Perfection

These billowing, golden beauties are as delicious as they are photogenic. They remind me of a hybrid between a sugar doughnut and a cream puff: crisp on the outside, airy on the inside. What’s even more amazing is that these popovers are incredibly easy to make ....more

I Bet-zle You’ll Like My Spaetzle

I have wanted to make spaetzle for quite some time, and I am glad that I finally did. It was fun! Spaetzle is a German/Austrian...more

Pomegranate Gin & Tonics + Herb & Lou’s Mixology

Somewhere along the line, I fell in love with gin. It was probably around the time that I popped over to Green Hat Gin for a distillery tour, bought a bottle with my friends, and made some tiny, fantastic cocktails. I’ve made the bee’s knees countless times since then, but not frequently enough ....more

Pumpkin Parmesan Ravioli

I must apologize to my pumpkin-heads; I have waited far too long to tell you about pumpkin ravioli. I generally find ravioli to be a huge pain to make, but it is so delicious that cravings drive me to devote an afternoon to it here and there. As far as ravioli fillings go, pumpkin is one of the easiest– and the most seasonal ....more

Mint Stracciatella Ice Cream

Mint chocolate chip is one of my favorite ice cream flavors, but the quality of scoops varies wildly. The ice cream should never be green – no food coloring, thanks – and naturally flavored with real mint. Dark chocolate is a requirement, but gigantic hunks are too hard and chalky when frozen ....more

Squash Coconut Curry to the Third Power

This curry tastes fantastic, but its texture makes it really unique. The curry contains three types of squash that I would never normally put together- butternut squash, zucchini, and…cucumber! I know it sounds crazy to eat cucumber in a hot dish, but once the cucumber warms up and cooks down, it’s nearly unrecognizable ....more