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Mostly Almost Sweater-Weather Recipes

I chose the hottest day of August to leave my house, get into the oven (my car), drive to another oven (the French Quarter), to quick-shop at my favorite clothing store (UAL) with one very specific purpose: to buy all of their sweaters.

Let It Be Sunday!

What kind of traveler are you? Do you unpack your suitcase right when you get home? Are you back up and running into your routine in hours?

I Love You, London!

I walked 37 miles, in one pair of Pumas, over 6 days in London. I figure that’s a mile for every time the words ‘fish & chips” “one pint” or “another croissant, please” fell out of my mouth and food appeared on my plate.

Let It Be Sunday!

Hello friends!  Thank you for your patience with me.  I’ve been in London for the past handful of days and my internal clock is a little screwy.

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll Cake

Remember a few years back when we started putting bacon on and in all of our desserts?  I think it came just after the Red Velvet and giant cupcake phase.

Let It Be Sunday!

Below is your moment, several moments, of intentional Internet diversion.  It’s been crafted with love and care on a couch in New Orleans while watching season 9 of Grey’s Anatomy and eating the above Drake on Cake.

Everyday, New Orleans.

It’s 172 days until Mardi Gras.  Not that we’re counting.  Sure we’ve got this year’s Thanksgiving to consider, Christmas lights to hang eventually, a New Year to cheer and then some sort of diet resolution to endure… but really, down here we’re counting down the days to Mardi Gras (now that we’re no longer counting the dog-days of August + the days until the Saints play football).

Very Versatile Orecchietti with Sausage + Parmesan

Coming back from a long (end of summer, to boot) holiday weekend is a great time to count our small victories: those little moments in life where we find that sparkle of success.

Let It Be Sunday!

Hello my friends! I hope you’re having the most lovely weekend! We’ve gotten the extra day we all need deep down in our hearts and I hope you’re celebrating today with a good sleep-in and a lazy day ahead.

The Last Long Weekend

Ok maybe I’m being a tad bit dramatic. It’s not the laaaaast long weekend.  It’s just the last good long weekend, especially according to our Mom-cut jean shorts, according to our flower crowns, and according to our glasses of Summer Water.

Cauliflower Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Sauce

I’ve had some run-ins with vegan ‘cheese’ before.  The kind that send you screaming for big bites of cheddar straight from the block.

Let It Be Sunday!

Here we are, all the way into the August of another year. How do you feel about August (besides sweaty and damp)?

Lemon Poppy Seed Crepes with Blueberry Curd

I’m working really hard on my upcoming Brunch cookbook.  I say this as I’m surrounded by pages of proofs, going over page after page, word after word, image after image, testing testing testing, in an effort to make sure the book is absolutely perfect for you.

Pro Tips: Ask a Sommelier

Pro Tips:  a new series on Joy the Baker wherein I ask my expert friends loads of questions about their field and get the nitty gritty for all of us.

Banana Cream Pie Doughnuts

Banana Cream Pie is my favorite…  actually, hold please… if you had a Coconut Cream Pie in your fridge I could be persuaded to flip.

Let It Be Sunday!

Hello dearhearts, How’s the middle of August treating you? The amount of sweat is just astounding, isn’t it?

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

Oh these sweet sweet days!   When the coals are hot, the hot dogs are pleasantly burnt, the beers are canned and cozied, and the cheeseburgers are a little too well done with too much cheese.

Pro Tips: Financial Planning

Pro Tips:  a new series on Joy the Baker wherein I ask my expert friends loads of questions about their field and get the nitty gritty for all of us.

Let It Be Sunday!

Cut the grass out back.  Fill the pot hole out front.  Clean the bathroom inside. Fold the laundry. Eat tacos as reward.

Peach and Orange Flower Old Fashioned

There’s a reason we talk about the weather here in New Orleans.  It’s not small talk.  Hardly.   We talk about it because in the summer it is ever-present and unpredictable.