Fresh Pluot Crostatas with Honey & Thyme

Fresh Pluot Crostatas with Honey & Thyme | #pierecipes

It is with deep sorrow and regret that I must announce that it is officially the last weekend of summer. The long warm days (still warm in California), endless visits to the liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, campfire smores, and sand beneath our toes alas will gradually come to an end.

The months leading up to Halloween are a bit confusing. Fall approaches and you start to want to transition into boots, scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes, but sometimes summer just lingers and I still want my comfy flips flops and shorts. So what is a girl to do if she wants to satisfy those last bits of sunshine? Make some PIE!

Anything with seasonal fruit and crust will do, and I’ve got simple and elegant pluot crostatas with honey and thyme recipe anxiously awaiting you!… 

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Citrus Polenta Cake with Fig Caramel Sauce

Citrus Polenta Cake with Fig Caramel Sauce |

When I visit my favorite local farmer’s market in Orange, I always leave feeling inspired to create recipes with seasonal ingredients. This recent trip was especially memorable because I took baby James with me. I could tell he was in awe of all of the different fruits and vegetables, colors, shapes and buzz around the market, having a shopping buddy there was a special treat.

I almost always want to take a  little of everything home, but I particularly had my eye on snagging some gorgeous figs. I already had a vision of baking the jewel-shaped fruit into a fragrant citrus polenta cake with a rich fig caramel sauce to drizzle on top. The perfect combination of sweet, savory and fresh into one golden brown dessert…. 

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No-Churn Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

Yummy bowl of No-Churn Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream | #DIY

I can’t help but want to stop by every ice cream shop this summer, it’s been a warm one and I have a dessert radar! I might have missed out on the official July national ice cream month (how did I not know this!?), but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed all the time, especially when it’s homemade. Yes, this is a very dangerous proposal, and the method I’m using requires absolutely NO fancy equipment.

I don’t own an ice cream maker, mostly because it would just take up room in my already cluttered kitchen and collect dust. However, some culinary genius has thought of a clever way to create a shortcut to frozen bliss. This has to be the easiest no-churn ice cream method I’ve ever tried, and I’ve got some gorgeous vanilla raspberry ice cream tempting me in my freezer to prove it…. 

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Crunchy Mexican Tostadas with Shredded Chicken

Homemade crunchy chicken Mexican tostadas recipe |

What’s a girl to do with a bunch of lonely leftover chicken? Sometimes a mom’s gotta get a little bit creative with meals, but that doesn’t mean it’s got to lack in the flavor department, am I right? You know what is awesome? Crunchy things, like a fried corn tortillas. Who doesn’t like those cute little crispy triangles, especially dipped in some guacamole? My self-control goes right out the window!

However something even more glorious is layering different flavors on top of each golden crisp tortilla, and Mexican tostadas are like a mariachi band serenade of flavors and texture for your taste buds. You won’t think this is silly once you try it and start dancing, show me what you got!… 

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Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Delicious classic pineapple upside down cake recipe |

There’s a wave of innovative and ultra modern desserts out there nowadays, but I found myself in the mood for some  nostalgic baked treats that make people reminisce of the good ol’ days. That’s why this recipe calls for a delicious classic pineapple upside-down cake, yum! This is one of the timeless dessert creations that make me think of the days of Julia Child, white lace aprons, and dad carving the turkey.

I make this recipe because my hubby LOVES it. Jason grew up very lucky as his mom and grandma would create elegant homemade feasts. This particular dessert is a special treat that his grandma Rose whips together and he always is so happy when he gets a warm slice. I remember the first  time I ever tried her version fresh from the oven, I was shocked how amazing it was. I had been missing out all of this time!… 

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Asian Soba Noodle Salad With Soy Dressing

Bowl of Asian soba noodle salad with citrus dressing |

When I think of Asian noodles, a hot steamy bowl of pho always come to mind. However, summertime calls for a cool and refreshing noodle salad to satisfy your taste buds. An Asian soba noodle salad with soy dressing is just what you need. A healthy, light and really delicious meal packed with fresh vegetables! Trust me, you NEED this and you will be happy you spent 30 minutes or less chopping up a storm in the kitchen for this blissful dish. … 

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies |

Me like COOKIES! I sure do, always have, and always will. My fondest memories as a kiddo were making some Nestle Toll House cookies. You know the ones where you slice them from the tube and pop them in the oven? They were gone in an instant. I’ve been searching for a really long time for a go-to classic chocolate chip recipe, however, I seem to keep coming up short in the flavor and texture department.

My sister-in-law, Svetlana makes the most incredible cookies so I knew she would have the answer to my cookie conundrum and boy was it fun testing each batch! I’ll tell you right now, these browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies have the most incredible flavor I’ve ever tasted from a homemade cookie, read more to find out why…. 

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White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cookies

Stack of White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cookies |

Don’t you really have a hard time turning away a cookie, or two, especially when they are freshly baked? Tell me its not just me! One of my sweet friends just had an adorable baby girl a month ago, so I definitely wanted to drop off some treats for the happy and hungry parents. The new mommy requested some white chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to give it a little summer twist. Enter this irresistible white chocolate cherry pecan cookie recipe. Yep, it’s a mouth full to say, but a delicious nibble of happiness in cookie form…. 

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Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding

Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding |

There are two things that I love most about summer, the sunshine, and the stone fruit! I just can’t resist a super ripe juicy peach. I made this peach and blueberry bread pudding recipe, but I couldn’t decide if this was a breakfast or a dessert, so I’ve been enjoying it for both meals! yum

I was also inspired to make this irresistible bread pudding because I received a gorgeous loaf of cinnamon brioche bread baked by the OC Baking Company. My sweet friend and neighbor Erica made a trip to our local Old Towne Orange Farmer’s Market to pick up some goodies. Jason and I couldn’t possibly eat the whole loaf in a day or two, so I knew that I needed to make the leftovers into something really special. This recipe seriously blew my mind, keep reading to find out why and be ready to make some at home!… 

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Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe

Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe - inspired by Chef Thomas Keller | #thomaskeller #buchonbakery

Hello! You have just stumbled upon one of my all time favorite recipes, flaky, nutty, creamy almond croissants. These beautiful crescents are first made with lots of TLC to create all of the incredible laminated layers, and then filled with the most luscious almond cream. Indeed they are undeniable my culinary cryptonite. So where do all the poor croissant orphans go when no one wants them? Not to fear, they get a makeover and become even more awesome as tasty almond croissants!


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