Sweet Potato Pie Bread Pudding

I’m the official Thanksgiving cook in my family. I’m also forbidden to go outside of the Thanksgiving dinner guidelines as laid down by my sisters many years ago after I decided to go all Bon Appetite with the menu. I wanted to […]

Apple Crostata

 A crostata is an Italian baked tart. It’s a rustic dessert made with seasonal fruit wrapped in a simple pastry dough. It’s also an uncomplicated dessert that doesn’t require special baking technique or training. A crostata is an easy way […]

Key Lime Pie

Thirteen years ago, I started my culinary journey at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. I had no clue what I was doing when I set my first batch of baked goods on that weathered wooden table in the outdoor market. […]

Carmelita Bars

I remember the first time I ever had a carmelita bar. It was when I made my inaugural visit to the Whole Foods in Charlotte, North Carolina during the store’s grand opening week about four years ago. At the time, […]

Pumpkin Crumb Muffins

I’ve really embraced the whole pumpkin spice thing this year. I’ve made everything from pumpkin spice bread to pumpkin spice granola to pumpkin spice rice krispie treats since autumn began. And there’s no sign of stopping in sight. That is […]

Aunt Frankie’s Applesauce Cake

My mom and her sister, Evelyn—aka Aunt Frankie—are the best cooks I know. They both have their specialties, but no matter what they prepare, it’s always good. My Aunt Frankie and her family (shout to my Uncle Kenny, aka Uncle […]

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