I've been waiting for the day I can post a recipe on this site about Szechuan peppercorns. If you've never tried Szechuan peppercorns before, it can be a strange sensation-- they have the effect of numbing your mouth! Yes, that's right, in certain doses, your mouth actually starts to go numb. Combined with spicy foods, like chiles, the combo of that numbing tingle and burning sear of heat is absolutely addicting. more →
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I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had cocktail cake on my mind for months. Thankfully, there’s a baker in the house to turn my twisted fantasies into reality! Actually, come to think of it, this whole margarita cake might have been Audrey’s idea in the first place . . . even better! more →
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I'd say if I had to choose a theme for the holidays it would be baking. In addition to the sticky toffee pudding, and at least a dozen batches of cookies, we capped off the weekend with Sarah's flaky, buttery, blueberry almond morning buns. They've quickly become a household favorite. If you weren't one of the lucky souls who received a Christmas copy of Sarah's book, The Sugar Hit, now's the time to treat yourself. more →
Don't let the simplicity of a baked potato fool you. It's texture can be sublimely smooth and fluffy or can turn out crumbly and firm. The secret  to sublime potatoes is using salt. The salt traps in moisture and provides for even cooking that produces incredibly light and moist potatoes. They're so amazing that it takes very little sour cream and butter to elevate it into a creamy and delicious treat. more →
Crostini are the ultimate party food and a ricotta crostini is the perfect blank canvas to show off both savory and sweet creations.  The wonderful thing about ricotta crostini is that fresh ricotta can be made a day ahead.  This is a smorgasbord of some of my favorite flavor combinations, but the possibilities are endless! more →
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