Persimmon Walnut Cream Tart with Shortbread Crust

You can always make pumpkin pie.  Or pecan.  Or you can switch things up a bit.  In truth, we almost never stick with the pumpkin/pecan staples.  And I’m not saying you should follow suite.  But when Thanksgiving doesn’t look all that traditional around here, why should dessert?  How about a persimmon tart with a walnut cream frangipane, and a much-easier-than-pie-crust shortbread crust?!  Plus, shortbread crust is roughly 10 times tastier and 100x less fickle than pie crust. I’m always shocked how few people have tried persimmons.  What are your thoughts??  I love persimmons.  I’ll even eat them raw.  The slightly spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg…

Grown-up Twix Bars

If there was one halloween candy that I could remake into something just a bit more elevated it would be a Twix bar.  Don’t get me wrong, the original version had my whole Halloween candy loving heart as a kid… but now, something about it falls a bit flat.  Probably the waxy, too-sweet chocolate. Or the not-as-good-as-I-remember it cookie.  Or maybe its the caramel – a little pinch of sea-salt would go a long way! The result is by far one of my favorite things I have made in a long time.  Possibly my favorite recipe of the YEAR so far!  Which is saying something because there are a number…

Fall Flavors: 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

You guys!  These bars are insanely good.  Scratch that. Dangerously good!  And way easy to make!  Only 5 ingredients. 5!  These bars have become my new go-to recipe! Heres the deal. Start with a super simple shortbread cookie base Then a layer of pumpkin butter Followed by a streusel of shortbread crumble on top Then bake, cool, slice, and try not eat the whole pan in one sitting. You can use any pumpkin butter you like – store-bought or homemade, –  but I’m going to put in a strong plug for my easy 20-minute pumpkin butter!  A batch of this will keep in the fridge for at least a month!…

What to Make for Labor Day: Recipe Round-up!

Recipe ideas to make for your Labor Day weekend grill-outs go more smoothly!  The key is make-ahead components!     Savories Sides, Salads, and Main Courses Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette A stone fruit salad with creamy burrata cheese on a bed of spinach and dressed with my favorite simple vinaigrette (made with champagne vinegar and fresh orange juice!). The vinaigrette can be made up to 3 days head! Did I mention the salad can double as your centerpiece? Once assembled, this salad is as colorful and beautiful as it is delicious!  To the recipe… Lightened Goat Cheese Dip with Pistachio Basil Pesto The lightest airiest goat cheese dip…
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