Pumpkin Patch

Regardless of weather or season, pumpkin bread and muffins are an annual staple in the household. A personal favorite recipe (see above photo, via King Arthur Flour) combines pumpkin with whole wheat flour, bananas, and a coarse sugar coating. And of course, adding chocolate chips for extra delight. But what happens when you flip through…

Three Cheers to the Paloma

Just when you think you've figured out your signature cocktail (gimlets for Stephanie, French 76 for Nicole), along comes a potent kick in the pants in the form of refreshment on a hot summer day...or mild Missouri spring... OF COURSE we're talking about a Paloma! This simple cocktail of blanco tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit…

Indoor Picnic

The weather here in Southwest Missouri has been cold, drizzly, and not very spring-like. So for Easter Sunday this year, we decided to have a French-inspired indoor picnic. French wine, cheeses, a charcuterie board, home-made baguettes...the whole works. Of course, we ate at the dining table, so rather than a picnic, I guess it was…

Cheers! The Lychee Martini

What to 'shake' up your cocktail game? Try the Lychee Martini, recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart. Lychees are Asian tree fruits, with red dinosaur-like skin and a subtle grape-like taste and texture. And they make AMAZING cocktail ingredients! We drank these all winter long, despite them being a summer fruit. With access to international markets…

Book Roundup: The Cozy Cookbook

Having recently finished Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles, I realized I have a thing for cozy, story-driven family-centric cookbooks. I devour them like novels, and keep them on shelves faaaar away from the mess of my kitchen. Here are a few in my collection: Apples for…

Peaches, Pie, Guinness, Oh My!

Typically for St. Paddy's day, one of us will make a dark chocolate Guinness cake with cream cheese icing, a tried and true recipe from one of our Domestic Goddesses, Nigella Lawson. This year, with Stephanie in charge of desserts, we opted for something a little different: Key Lime Pie. We grew up as Georgia…