Banana Blondies with Caramel Frosting

Life has been incredibly busy and hectic lately, and I try and be vigilant about how often and when I use the word “busy.” I just don’t like it, especially since it’s become one of my main responses when people ask me how I’m doing. They didn’t ask what my planner looks like, how many…

Hamantaschen with Pear Curd

Happy Purim! Purim Sameach! Here’s the thing: I’m not Jewish. I’m actually Roman Catholic, but Catholicism has its ancestral roots in Judaism, and Judaism has a certain mystic beauty that has always intrigued me and garnered my respect. I’ve also always felt a kind of kinship with their food history–the way their rituals and traditions…

Whole Wheat Sourdough Banana Bread

I love banana bread. My grandfather made the best I’ve ever had, and any recipe I’ve tried pales in comparison to his. Last year, my mom, my sister, and I were going through some of his and my grandmother’s recipe books (think magazine clippings and handwritten gems spanning decades of deliciousness), and we found a…

Cuccidati King Cake

I have to put a caveat here before we dive in: it’s not king cake season anymore. Here in South Louisiana, we’re big on celebration but also on tradition, so the season for king cakes is pretty strict. It begins on the Feast of the Epiphany (Twelfth Night) and ends on Mardi Gras, the Tuesday…