Category Dessert

Lavender Vanilla Tea Cakes {Vegan}

These are the reasons I think we should always have cake on Mondays: 1. If you’re having a rough Monday, cake will make it better. 2. If you’re having a stellar Monday, you can have some cake to celebrate. 3. Monday is a day, and cake tastes great on all the days. And since it’s […]

Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

It is time for a cake. Funny isn’t it? That cake day also happens to be Monday? What a coincidence. I had tomato sauce to talk about, but cake (as cake does) pushed itself to the front of my mind and refused to make room for anything else. Besides, I thought it a good time […]

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins - R.T.D. Browning

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Every year when summer rolls around, bloggers unite in a barbaric yawp* against zucchini. It’s almost an inside joke — #zucchiniproblems. I’ll start the hashtag if it doesn’t already exist. See, food bloggers are at least more committed to seasonal cooking than your average bear because their cooking is public, so they have to RESPOND […]

Chocolate PB Cup Ice Creams06 - rtdbrowning

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups

Once you do enough cooking at home, packaged foods can start to taste artificial to you. It’s always a little disappointing when you think you’re going to go indulge in a candy bar, only to find that instead of a ticket to heaven, you’re eating semi-digestible plastic. In short, once you start cooking fresh food, […]

Clementine Sorbet

Clementines are one of those foods I associate with my childhood in Texas. I know they’re shipped all over the world, but that bright scent, the orangey film under your fingernails, and the glutted feeling after eating oh, I don’t know, 10 or so little clementinas always reminds me of outside and crickets and HOT. […]

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Ice Cream

For scarce have I tasted thy odorous steam, When quick from thy clime, soothing warmths round me stream, Attentive my thoughts rise and flow light as air, Awaking my senses and soothing my care. Ideas that but late moved so dull and depressed, Behold, they come smiling in rich garments dressed! Some genius awakes me, […]

Lemon Cake

My aunt visited us in Texas all the way from Northern Ireland a few weeks ago, and she and her immediate family are some of the best gift-givers around. They’re so good at choosing gifts that aren’t necessarily over-the-top, but are so personal and useable. On this visit, she was kind enough to bring a […]

Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Sometimes when I’m baking, it’s not till I’m pulling something out of the oven that I think, “I’ve gone too far.” When cookies need to be spaced four inches apart because I insisted on using ⅓-cup size dough balls, for example–that might be taking it too far. Or when I open the door and the […]

Cherry Bombe Creamsicles

It seems like every month of the year is dedicated to something. Each month we are encouraged to be aware of a different social topic, and get this: while some months, like May for example, have 12 or 15 dedications (from Jewish American Heritage Month to Haitian Heritage Month), July is just National Ice Cream […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf with Coconut Oil

The island of my kitchen is a mountain of name-change papers, cookbooks, recipe clippings, a “fruit bowl” holding dried peppers and papery onion skins, a nearly empty wine bottle, banana loaf crumbs, a planner open to last week, a Guggenheim-shaped mug containing an inch of tepid coffee. Don’t let me get started on the living […]