I have a primal weakness for the combination of sweet and salty flavors. I still remember the first time I combined some of my granddad’s spicy breakfast sausage with pancakes and Karo syrup on my fork and took them down in one bite. I was a very young child, but I became a devout believer […]
pure vanilla extract
Credit for this dish goes entirely to our corporate fixer, Rusty Boyd. You see, restaurants that survive very long all end up in cycles. Staffs change, leadership changes, and every so often, you find yourself in a rut. Morale turns poor, leadership is ineffective, quality suffers, things just need a shot in the arm. Rusty […]
Sour Cherry Cobbler and Cannoli Cream Ice Cream
Late one night after a theater performance in New York City, we went to an Italian bakery for dessert and coffee. The woman behind the counter was definitely bleary-eyed. We asked for a couple of cannoli, as well as a slice of vanilla cake with a warm cherry sauce ladled on top. She poured the […]
Bacon-Maple Walnut Pie and Malt Frozen Custard
Think of this as breakfast morphed into dessert: maple syrup, bacon, waffles—if they were served with vanilla malt! This is a stellar pairing of flavors, nothing held back. Don’t even think of using a fine-grade maple syrup like light or even medium amber. Go for the robust, dark stuff to stand up to the excesses. […]
Lemon-Blueberry Coffee Cake
This lovely tender, sweet, and tart lemon cake with juicy little bursts of blueberry and a pretty lemon glaze is perfect for celebrating something great!
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
We loved these bars, not only because we're suckers for no-bake desserts and cheesecake, but because we think the packed date and walnut crusts are genius. We're putting these out at our next picnic, for sure.