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Monday // December 4 // 2017
Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

This time of year, we’re okay with everything smelling and tasting like a campfire. The right woodsy cocktail transports us to the Laurel Highlands, where snow is falling and the Buffalo Plaid roams free. Smoking a drink is easier than we thought, and is possibly the only improvement on a good aged whiskey — 12 to 16 years, if you’re doing it right. Single malt. READ MORE >>
Wednesday // September 27 // 2017
Molasses and Apple Butter Pumpkin Roll

Molasses and Apple Butter Pumpkin Roll

It didn’t seem possible, but pumpkin roll can taste even more like fall with a new spin (get it?) that’s all about mouthfeel. Add the hard crunch of almond; the soft, yet bitter, molasses-tinged sponge cake; and a sweet filling of cream cheese and apple butter for a treat that’s best served under golden trees.  READ MORE >>
Thursday // September 21 // 2017
Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

So how could I improve on perfection? I wanted to add the flavors I love to this amazing culinary vehicle. Herbs. Garlic. Turmeric. Swap in butter for shortening. Instead of boiling, roast the chicken with seasonal vegetables. My final product was one my own children—two curious yet unpredictable toddlers—enjoyed.  READ MORE >>
Thursday // September 21 // 2017
Pumpkin Tahini Buckeyes

Pumpkin Tahini Buckeyes

Elevating a classic, these buckeyes are hiding their gooey tahini and pumpkin centers. With a bite of salt and the small snap of sesame seeds, these American-style truffles still boast enough dark chocolate to require thumb-licking. READ MORE >>
Thursday // September 21 // 2017
Kettle Corn Galette

Kettle Corn Galette

I fell in love with my partner the first year I took him to our town’s fall festival. We bought two bags of kettle corn and ate them on the steps of a brick house. Now, I reminisce by incorporating our romantic snack into a handsome galette. The velvety caramel sauce is a great juxtaposition to the rustic, roughly molded crust. I top the treat with kettle corn, drizzle with chocolate, and sprinkle with course salt. READ MORE >>
Thursday // September 21 // 2017
Pumpkin Curry Soup with Cake Croutons

Pumpkin Curry Soup with Cake Croutons

Can a soup double as dessert? This one can. Stewing autumnal flavors of beer, apples, and curry gives this bisque a complexity that’s both extravagant and gentle. Pound-cake croutons play up the natural sweetness of the pumpkin to make this creative crock a perfect segue to snuggling on the couch. READ MORE >>
Wednesday // September 6 // 2017
Pumpkin Roll Palmiers

Pumpkin Roll Palmiers

Autumn in Pennsylvania is so quintessentially American: flannel shirts, pumpkin spice lattes, and football after Thanksgiving dinner. But when the trees turn, I dream of walking through Paris. Give the classic pumpkin pie some transatlantic refinement by turning it into a palmier, an elephant-eared cookie, brittle as a fall leaf, with a spiced center. Happy Thanksgiving is out, but Bonne Action De Grâce is in. READ MORE >>
Saturday // August 19 // 2017
Milkshakes: Wholesome or Hair of the Dog

Milkshakes: Wholesome or Hair of the Dog

With so many local ice cream makers sourcing high quality ingredients, you can almost justify a morning milkshake. We start with scoops from three of our favorites suppliers, then add healthy ingredients to boost their flavors, but if you’re feeling last night’s outing, go for the hair-of-the-dog option. Sips up! READ MORE >>
Wednesday // November 16 // 2016
Potato and Fennel Au Gratin

Potato and Fennel Au Gratin

This rustic, simple adaptation on the traditional Potatoes Au Gratin has an unexpected addition of fennel that makes it a perfect holiday (or any day) side dish.  READ MORE >>
Monday // November 14 // 2016
Thai Chicken Meatballs

Thai Chicken Meatballs

This go-to party food hits the trifecta. It is warm and comforting, easy to eat while mingling, and takes a perennial favorite to the next level. READ MORE >>