Tagged: sweet

Bittersweet Grapefruit Marmalade

{Two Ingredient Tuesday}

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My birthday this year came during a very bittersweet week: My parents and brother are in the process of moving to Phoenix; I’m staying here. My birthday dinner was the last time we would ever sit down together for a meal in that house.

Helping to pack up and sell off the contents of my childhood house over the past few months has been full of sad pangs and heart-wrenches. We picked through all my childhood books, tore up the vegetable garden where my dad and I had spent happy summer hours, bid farewell to the woods where I played as a child. Nostalgia strikes in strange moments. We held a yard sale and I was nearly moved to tears over the little footstool from our bathroom, a permanent fixture in my daily routine now looking oddly out of place in the hands of a stranger who was bargaining over the one-dollar price tag.

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Lavender Lemon Scones

{Food Memories}

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You and I probably don’t think of the same thing when we hear the word ”scone.” The American version is typically a triangle-shaped sweet cookie, while the New Zealand scone bears more resemblance to a Southern-style biscuit: It’s tender and flaky, it can be sweet or savoury, and it never lasts more than a day.

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Happy Easter!

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Each year, I have a brief fling with marshmallow Peeps that stretches from February until Easter Sunday. I buy them by the dozen and eat them, chick after chick, until I can’t stomach any more. They’re one of the few junk foods that I make an exception for. The little faces and beaks just tip me right over the edge.

As of today, the Peeps body count is hovering around eight dozen.

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Tarte au Chocolat à la Parisienne

{Fancy French Desserts}

New series! I’m cooking my way through a laundry list of gorgeous French desserts. This was the final destination for the candied mandarins I made earlier in the week.

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I showed my love for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ this week by OBLITERATING the competition at the annual church bake-off. The centerpiece of this contest is the chili cook-off, but since the intensely competitive family spirit prevents me from competing against my mother’s chili, I opted for the dessert category instead. This never-fail tart won me first prize. Continue reading

Candied Mandarins

{Two Ingredient Tuesday}

Aren’t they just a gallon of sunshine in a one-pint jar?

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The Lord in his kindness granted us citrus fruits during the grey and unloved month of February. Just when we can’t stomach one more casserole, one more out-of-season New Years’ Resolution salad, the markets blossom with blood oranges, grapefruit, lemons, Valencia oranges, and mandarins. It’s all the sunshine that we summer-starved New Yorkers have been craving. Continue reading