Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies

Cream cheese, almond cookie dough spiraled around seedless raspberry jam. These are simple cookies with simple flavors, but the rolling and shaping process can get a bit tedious. There is a lot of in and out of the freezer/refrigerator, and the jam can become a sticky mess. Just be patient and remember that as long […]

Cherry Chocolate Ricotta Muffins

Ricotta almond muffins, with chunks of chocolate and cherries, topped with cocoa nibs and toasted almonds. These muffins have a tender crumb with aromatic flavors from the almonds and cherries and richness from the chocolate. I did not want these muffins to be overpoweringly sweet. So I used a combo of cocoa nibs and semi-sweet […]

Cherry Buttermilk Pie

Fresh cherries, sweet buttermilk custard filling, and a buttery almond crust. Buttermilk pie is a southern classic. It was born in the depression era when ingredients were scarce. It is made with common kitchen staples, sugar, eggs, butter, and buttermilk. I jazzed up this traditional recipe with some fresh cherries and a little almond flour […]

Cranberry Goat Cheese and Almond Crackers

Creamy goat cheese with spiced cranberry jam and homemade almond poppy seed crackers. A few years ago, I stumbled upon a seasonal cranberry goat cheese log at Costco. I was curious, so I bought one to try. I thought it was quite good, especially for holiday snacking. The following year I looked for the cheese […]