Blackberry Lemon Bread

Blackberry Lemon Bread

This blackberry lemon bread is for all of you berry lovers, whether you pick your berries in a wild patch along the side of the road or as a mixed flat at the weekly Sunday market.

Peking Duck-Inspired Ground Duck Meatloaf

Peking Duck-Inspired Ground Duck Meatloaf

I have been committed to the perfection of this Peking duck-inspired ground duck meatloaf for a while now. There’s just something about Peking duck. The crispy skin. The hoisin sauce. The pancakes. While this duck meatloaf doesn’t include those beloved pancakes, it does have all 

“The Lady Bridgerton” Empress Gin Cocktail

“The Lady Bridgerton” Empress Gin Cocktail

The Lady Bridgerton is an Empress gin cocktail designed, taking a liberty or two, to celebrate the success of the Bridgerton series. If you have been hiding under a rock for the last year, you might have missed the phenomenon that is Bridgerton, the Netflix 

How to Make a Rainbow Fruit Tart

How to Make a Rainbow Fruit Tart

Some of my recipe posts are things that I have made over and over for decades. Some posts are driven by the SEO overlords. And then there are times when multiple forces collide, and everything comes together perfectly. This rainbow fruit tart was one of 

Rainbow Poke Bowl with Seared Tuna, Sushi Crab Salad, and Japanese Scrambled Eggs

Rainbow Poke Bowl with Seared Tuna, Sushi Crab Salad, and Japanese Scrambled Eggs

I realized, as I was making this series of recipes today, that I hadn’t made a good “everything in a bowl” dinner in some time. So here’s a rainbow poke bowl with a variety of mostly healthy goodies in all sorts of colors and flavors 

Fig Bacon Jam Pasta

Fig Bacon Jam Pasta

This fig bacon jam pasta has a rare balance of sweet and salty, creamy and crispy. I know some of you will have no interest in reading a story about how my kiddo dreamed up this recipe. If that applies to you, please feel free 

Earl Grey Lavender Cake

Earl Grey Lavender Cake

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you know I have a thing for lavender. I love it for its floral aroma and because I seem to have a bit of a purple food theme. So when I needed a cake for my cake collection 

How to Make a Purple Velvet Cake

How to Make a Purple Velvet Cake

This purple velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting (in purple) is adapted from an Epicurious red velvet cake. I clearly remember the first time I made the red version. I brought it to a friend’s house for a potluck, and someone asked me 

Eggplant Casserole with Penne, Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil.

Eggplant Casserole with Penne, Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil.

As with many things in the kitchen (and in life), this eggplant casserole is the result of an accident. Unexpected factors coming together in the right place at the right time.

Fawaffle (a Falafel Waffle)

Fawaffle (a Falafel Waffle)

I can tell you the moment fawaffle happened. We were at the ball field. Mr. uglyducklingbakery was flying a kite. I had recently discovered the joys of the waffle iron and was contemplating new things to waffle. Mr. uglyducklingbakery walked up to me and said,