5 days of christmas cookies: babba’s coconut orange drop cookies

Merry Christmas Eve! For some reason, these are cookies we only ever made at Christmas, but I really don't see why they can't become year-round staples. The recipe is from my Babba, my mom's mom, and they are good eaten at any temperature -- warm, room temperature, and cold. In fact, we usually ate them... Continue Reading →

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 →

watermelon granita

I love watermelon and recently, I've been taking advantage of the rock-bottom prices (we've found them for as low as roughly 8 cents/lb) and delicious melons that Serbia has to offer.  My latest thing is making watermelon granita. Not only is it delicious and refreshing but it also looks pretty impressive -- yet is incredibly... 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 →

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