Mini Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

I was researching choux pastry to see what other kinds of things could be done with it (it’s so fun and versatile if you’ve never tried it, start here with gougeres and then make churros) and I got stopped in my tracks when I spotted this recipe for choux au craquelin. I was like, what? […]

Lussekatter — Swedish Saffron Buns

Lussekatter Video Demo (Scroll down for recipe) Part nine in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Sweden, focus on: LUSSEKATTER! Thank you to Helen for explaining the origin of these buns. And thank you to Sophie for emailing with me about Swedish Christmas traditions! Lussekatter, or St. Lucy’s Cats, are a sweet saffron […]

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with calm sauce is a classic Italian Christmas recipe. This one I got from my friend Mel. Mel is fantastic and feisty and beautiful and has written two best-selling cookbooks (WellFed and WellFed 2) and writes on her extremely popular blog, TheClothesMakeTheGirl, and she is half Italian and half Lebanese and therefore grew up […]

German Cinnamon Stars – Zimtsterne

Cinnamon Stars Video (scroll down for printable recipe) Part six in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Germany, focus on: ZIMTSTERNE! A naturally gluten-free almond meringue cookie. I’d be lying my ass off if I told you these were in any way “easy” or “foolproof”. “Pain in the ass” and “kind of frustrating” […]

Buñuelos Navideños – Colombian Christmas Buñuelos

Buñuelos Navideños Video Demo (scroll down for printable recipe) Part five in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Colombia, focus on: BUñUELOS! Muchas gracias a Cristina for this recipe and others that she has shared with me. ¡Abrazos! Colombian buñuelos Navideños are quite different from any buñuelos I’d seen before. These buñuelos are […]

Ponche Navideño – Mexican Christmas Punch

Part four in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Mexico, focus on: PONCHE NAVIDEñO! Big thank you to our friend Carlos for joining me on the show again to share his ponche recipe! ¡Feliz Navidad, y’all! Ponche Navideño is a hot punch made from fresh and dried fruits, with the option of adding […]

Bourbon or Rum Balls

Part three in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in the USA, focus on: BOURBON (or rum!) BALLS! Watch all the videos on YouTube! Bourbon (or rum) balls are one of the world’s oldest confections, originating I imagine, as a way to make use of broken, old, or stale things that are otherwise inedible. […]

Guatemalan Tamales – Tamales Guatemaltecos

Guatemalan Tamales Video (scroll down for recipe) Part two in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Guatemala, focus on: TAMALES! Guatemalan tamales are quite different from the Mexican tamales you may be more familiar with. These tamales are wrapped in banana leaves for one thing, which imparts a grassy floral scent, and they […]

Roast Duck

Kyle Williams has been asking me for a duck recipe since at least early 2012 and it’s taken me until now to figure out how to do it. I’m sure I’m not alone in being a little intimidated by duck. Unless you hunt them yourself, or you live in England where the Christmas Duck still […]