Orange Snowball Melt-Aways

I just love orange in baked goods, especially during the holidays. These delightful little cookies melt away in your mouth, with a burst of fresh orange flavor. The tradition of oranges in Christmas stockings goes way back. In my family, it was said to be for good luck. And when my great-grandmother Mary Ann Duncan…

Butter Cookies

One of my favorite family traditions around the holiday season is decorating these rich, buttery cookies. Participation is mandatory from a very young age, whether you were born into the family or joined later. We’d have different colors of frosting, all sorts of sprinkles, colored sugar, cinnamon candies, and silvers. That’s what we called the silver-colored…

Buttercream Frosting

​ The best basic frosting couldn’t be easier. It’s perfect for Butter Cookies, cakes, or cupcakes, and takes just a few minutes to make (plus a half hour or so for the butter to come to room temperature before beginning.) You can add food coloring for variety, or shortening for extra decorating stiffness. You’ll find…

Praline Bars

These decadently rich cookies are surprisingly quick and easy. You’ll have people thinking you spent a lot of time in the kitchen — if you can bring yourself to share them, that is! You’ll find a printer-friendly version of the recipe at the bottom of this page. Adapted from The Gift-Giver’s Cookbook, by Judith Choate…

Chocolate Ice Cream

Smooth, rich, chocolate ice cream. Homemade ice cream is so decadent and delicious. The only part that really has a learning curve is separating the egg yolks from the whites. You can buy all sorts of gizmos for this, but I think the best tools are the ones you were born with: your hands. If…

Black Raspberry Frozen Custard

  If you’ve ever been to Abbott’s in Rochester, NY, you probably know that black raspberry frozen custard is a thing. Abbott’s first custard stand opened back in 1926, across the street from Lake Ontario. It was a popular spot for beachgoers in the summertime. They’ve since expanded to a handful of other areas, but…

The Frozen Custard vs. Ice Cream Trial, Part 2: Strawberry Ice Cream

Here’s the second recipe in The Frozen Custard vs. Ice Cream Trial. Click here for Part 1: Strawberry Frozen Custard. They’re both incredibly delicious! You’ll find a printer-friendly version of this recipe, which I’ve adapted (with very little change) from Serious Eats, at the bottom of this page. Ingredients: 30 ounces fresh, local, in-season strawberries, divided (a little…