fast and easy almond cookies

I love cookies and am always on the lookout for new recipes, especially new almond cookie recipes, because almond is Grant's favorite. Way back when we were in language training at FSI, he once had a particularly long day, so I decided to bake him cookies as a surprise. Knowing I didn't have almond paste... Continue Reading →

ombre almond cake with raspberry filling

As I recently mentioned, it was  Scarlett's birthday earlier this week. To celebrate it, I decided to make a cake, even though I haven't made one in years (literally. something happened to one of my cake pans before I arrived in Tashkent and I didn't purchase a new set until right before packout for Belgrade, so... Continue Reading →

glazed cinnamon rolls from scratch

Grant has been sick, off and on, for the past few weeks. As a surprise for him when he finally began to feel better, I decided to try my hand at making cinnamon rolls from scratch. In Uzbekistan, one of our housekeeper’s specialties was cinnamon rolls, and they were incredibly delicious. While I was a... Continue Reading →

sautéed corn with basil

Having grown up in New Jersey, that meant summers full of fresh fruits and vegetables (New Jersey is, after all, the Garden State!). There are a number of things New Jersey does particularly well: blueberries, corn, and tomatoes are the big three. We always had corn or tomatoes at dinner every night during the summer... Continue Reading →

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