• Molasses-Pecan Pie

    Molasses-Pecan Pie

    Met with enthusiastic approval from around my Thanksgiving table immediately after the first bite, this is in the running for the best pie I’ve ever made. It’s certainly the best pecan pie I’ve ever made, and I might never try another recipe after this one. I attribute the special deliciousness ...

  • Zucchini Bread Which Tastes of Zucchini

    Zucchini Bread Which Tastes of Zucchini

    My mother and I have a long-standing argument about zucchini bread. She always complains that it just tastes like a spice cake, as if there were no zucchini in it. But that’s the point, I try to tell her. Zucchini has a natural sweetness, yes, but no assertive flavor. An ...

  • Mocha Icebox Cake

    Mocha Icebox Cake

    During the scorching NYC summer of 2015, my mother tagged me on Facebook with a link to Bon Appétit’s Coffee-Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha-Mascarpone Frosting. “When it’s cool enough for baking again,” I said, but by the next day I had other thoughts. “Now that I think about it, I ...

  • King Ranch Chicken

    King Ranch Chicken

    I have some philosophical issues concerning casseroles, at least where American home-cooking standbys like King Ranch Chicken are concerned. Since these casseroles are supposed to be weeknight meals, I feel that they should require nothing more laborious than chopping up a few vegetables and pushing them around in a skillet ...

  • Strawberry Muffins

    Strawberry Muffins

    I had brought home two pounds of strawberries on a whim, but nobody was eating them. Perhaps everybody expected me to bake something? In my recipe binder, I dug up something I had written down some time ago and labeled “Sour Cream Berry Muffins.” After some searching, I’ve determined that ...

  • Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

    Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

    I got this recipe from my mom, who got it from her mom, who got it from a lady whose name I do not know. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s perfect. The icing is poured right onto the cake while hot, resulting in beautiful gooeyness, and an almost ...

  • Chicken Meatloaf

    Chicken Meatloaf

    I didn’t grow up with meatloaf. There were probably four times, at most, it was served to me during my childhood. My introduction to the dish really came in college, where my cafeteria sometimes produced a surprisingly decent turkey meatloaf with arugula in it. So when I crave meatloaf now, ...

  • Lemon Yogurt Cake

    Lemon Yogurt Cake

    Based off a recipe from Smitten Kitchen for a lime cake, this is a moist and tangy cake that comes together quickly.

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Cookies

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Cookies

    This is based off the peanut butter cookie recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which was adapted from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. The only real changes I made were swapping out the chocolate and peanut butter chips, adding cinnamon, and increasing the vanilla, because I am a heathen and I always add ...