• dessert,  joie de vivre,  vegetarian

    Sweet Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Masters Week has come and gone, y’all. Didn’t make it to the tournament to grab one of those delicious Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches? Or perhaps you can’t help reminiscing about those quintessentially southern treats you noshed on last week?  No worries. I gotcha. Let me be clear, however:  this is NOT the sugar cookie recipe used by Nashville’s Christie Cookie Company.  Like most things that concern the Augusta National, that recipe is veiled in secrecy. But chances are these will hold you over till next year’s tournament. The recipes for these cool confections are oh, so easy: simply bake up a batch of sugar cookies and sandwich a big…

  • dessert,  party food & snacks

    Bourbon + Pecan Sweets

    Serving these at your Kentucky Derby party?  Don’t blink! They will be gone as quickly as the horses make their way around the track. Rich + buttery + sugary + crunchy + addictive. Next thing you know, half of these have mysteriously disappeared. These sweets require very few ingredients, very little time, very little skill yet are indubitably delicious.They combine the best of both worlds: candy + bourbon. But fear not the spirits: when cooking bourbon, the alcohol evaporates, leaving you with the deliciously distinct bourbon flavor without the alcohol.  If alcohol is not your thing but you like the flavor of bourbon, you can use bourbon flavored vanilla. If…

  • dessert,  gluten free,  vegetarian

    Easy Pots de Crème au Chocolat

    Looking to get lucky on Valentine’s Day?  Welp, you sexy beast, you’ve come to the right place. You are about to make an absolutely voluptuous dessert that will make your taste buds do acrobatics. Share it with someone–or not.  No judgment here. But the bottom line is you NEED this dessert in your life. This recipe for pots de crème is simple yet elegant. There are many recipes on the interwebs that are more difficult and maybe even a little more delectable, but here’s the bottom line: who wants to spend the night before Valentine’s Day in the kitchen?  Not this girl. I have other things on my mind. Pot…

  • dessert,  vegetarian

    Chocolate Eclair Trifle

    Decadent. That’s what The Man calls this recipe. I call it Chocolate Eclair Trifle. But unlike the French eclair made from a creme-filled choux pastry, this recipe swaps out some other ingredients in a combination of layers that will knock your socks off. I like using a trifle dish to display the dessert’s glorious layers. After all, seeing layer upon layer of goodness is some of the allure.   The final layer is carte blanche. For this year’s holiday party I mounded on pomegranate arils because they are so damn pretty! Sometimes I throw on some sliced strawberries or toasted nuts (most any nut will work) or some chocolate curls…