Earl Grey Plum Torte

Being somewhat of a tea snob, I’m almost embarrassed to admit my favorite tea is one of the most common—Earl Grey. I find this deliciously flavored tea both nostalgic and comforting. It’s also of the easiest teas to cook with, because you really notice the flavor it imparts into a dish. What is that famous…

Almond Pu-erh Protein Shake

I’m always surprised by the kitchen sophistication of my 14-year-old niece. When we hang out, she often brings a long list of homemade cooking projects she wants to accomplish. Our latest hang-out session included crepes, walnut bread, cardamom buns, granola, seed crackers, and four-bean chili. All of which we tackled over two days. This simple…

Lemon Jasmine Pie

If my last meal on Earth involves any kind of lemon dessert I will leave this planet a happy woman. I always pick out the lemon dessert on a restaurant menu but I rarely make lemon treats at home; perhaps because I know they would disappear too quickly? This lemon pie, however, will make a…

PB&J Pu-erh Tea Tart

My resolutions this year have nothing to do with eating healthy. They do, of course, have to do with food. My main foodie resolution this year is to become a better baker. Sure, I’ll work on some “healthy” baking recipes as part of my quest. But let’s be real, the best baking recipes are indulgent…

Red, White (Tea) and Blue Sangria

The ironic thing about working on a cookbook project is that it makes you not want to cook. Reading about, testing, editing and shooting photos of recipes for several months on end saps most of the energy I’d normally have for my home kitchen. When I come home at the end of a cookbook workday,…

Sesame Quinoa Salad

I picked up a lovely toasted sesame-flavored black tea during my first visit to an Adagio retail store last fall in Chicago. This tea has just the right balance of flavor; it’s not too overwhelmingly sesame and it has a hint of toasty sweet. Ever since I purchased it I’ve wanted to make something with…