Thai-Inspired Blueberry Lemongrass Pound Cake (Nancie Cake)

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The brightest eyes, the biggest heart, the best laugh, the widest smile. This is Nancie McDermott.1 Traveler, writer, baker, cook. Student, teacher, maker, friend. We gathered last Sunday in a field at dusk (for real!) to celebrate the force named Nancie. Black, white, Asian, young and old, tall and short, male and female, cooks and […]

How to Pair Flavors, Part III


Link to Part I, Part II Flavor Pairing: The Science…? While a lot of flavor pairing is sort of intuitive (gee, some hot fudge sauce would taste awesome on this ice cream sundae), many flavor pairings might seem surprising, but somehow they just work. That’s because they share common volatile molecules. Molecularly, when foods share […]

Real Coffee Butterscotch Ice Cream Sauce | Ice Cream Tuesday

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Any product links in this post are affiliate links. Thank you for your support. Dear Butterscotch, You have been given a raw deal. Reduced to a flavor of bright yellow hard candies, packets of instant pudding and dubious ice cream toppings, you cannot speak for yourself. Because you don’t have a mouth. I however, do […]

Postre Caramels Sea Salt Caramel Sauce Review

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The folks sent me a tube of Postre Caramels Sea Salt Caramel Sauce at my request. I was compensated in no other way for writing this review. Thank you. Postre Caramels Sea Salt Caramel Sauce What happens when two chefs move from the Pacific Northwest to Asheville, North Carolina? If you’re Joe Scott and Jamie […]

How to Pair Flavors, Part I | Fundamental Friday


Link to Part II, Part III How To Pair Flavors in Food, Part I I have had this post on my mind for some time, now. Thanks to friend, neighbor and reader Roberta for asking: “How do you know what flavors will go together?” I’m paraphrasing, but that’s pretty much the gist of it. I’d even broaden […]

Dessert Panzanella: Stone Fruit Panzanella Dulce

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I can barely believe another month has flown past and it is already time for another Progressive Eats progressive dinner! I’m especially excited about this month because, even though most of us are looking forward to cooler weather just around the corner, there is no doubt that it is still summer and there are beautiful […]

Mother Leavee’s Plum Kuchen | Throwback Thursday Food

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After Uncle Ray married Auntie Ev, his mother lived with them until her death. I never knew Uncle Ray’s mom as she was gone long before I showed up on the scene. By all accounts, she was a s a whole lot of formidable wrapped up in a tiny 4’10” package. And formidable undoubtedly was to be […]

The Best Hot Fudge Sauce in the World | Ice Cream Tuesday

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I have been so focused on posting ice cream that I have neglected ice cream toppings. The sauce I’m sharing today is actually one I shared way back in 2009, but it is worth talking about much more frequently than once every six years. This sauce is the sauce we used to make at the […]