Pistachios

Raspberry-Pistachio Turkish Delight

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Can you guess what our family’s costume theme was for Halloween this year? Yes, we were The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. And you’d better believe that the wardrobe was fully functional and opened to reveal a beautiful view of Narnia. “Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I am ridiculous. And also obsessive. And…

Pistachio-Rose Tarts

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Pistachio is a flavor I’ve come to appreciate only recently, now that I’m an adult. When I was younger, I knew pistachio as simply “that ice cream flavor that looks like mint chip but– annoyingly, emphatically– is NOT mint chip.” (Seriously, why do they do that? It’s cruel.) However, now that my tastebuds are all…

Marzipan Brownie Tart

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, we had this festive dessert: Okay, so it doesn’t look very festive from the outside. Actually, it looks downright plain. Homely. FRUMPY. There, I said it. But it has a surprise inside… A bright green layer of homemade pistachio marzipan! …Wait, come back.

Nutella Semifreddo for World Nutella Day

My Google Reader was a thing of beauty this morning: dozens of new posts from my favorite food blogs, bursting with delicious Nutella recipes in honor of World Nutella Day. It’s the most wonderful time of the year… I’ve already featured two different types of homemade nutella, and four-ingredient Nutella cupcakes, but trust me when…

TWD: Great Grains Muffins

In trying to articulate my feelings about the Great Grains Muffins for this week’s TWD recipe, I decided that it would be easiest to explain with a visual aid.* If you will please refer to the above figure, it is evident that my enjoyment of a food increases proportionally to the degree to which said…

Tarts Worth Writing About

I’ve had a few summer posts lurking around waiting to be completed, and now that it’s October the time for fresh berry desserts has almost passed! Quickly, quickly now… It all started with a new kitchen in a new apartment in a new city. Or rather… A sweet pistachio tart crust in a new kitchen…

TWD: Tarte Noire

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession. For this week’s TWD recipe, the tres chic Tarte Noire, I confess that I did not make the ganache filling the recipe called for. Instead, I used some ganache I had left over from these Honey Truffles. The honey…

Baklava Fingers & Spiced Orange Sorbet

Until recently, I’ve never given honey too much thought. My father worked as a beekeeper when he was younger, which meant that he was full of entertaining stories about bee shenanigans–including a dark time when a hive “went rogue” and made their own queen–and our pantry was always full of his honey. Jeopardy trivia break:…

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