2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC - Phone: 919.967.3663
Both locations open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm

Say’s Coconut Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting

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Nothing finishes a meal quite so regally as layer cake; for Southerners, at least, it is the epitome of fine entertaining. This towering confection, draped in glossy white frosting and scattered with coconut, was one of my mother’s signature dinner party desserts. You can make the cake layers two days in advance, but make the […]

Espresso Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup chocolate-covered espresso beans, chopped 1 Tbsp. finely ground espresso beans Wax paper 1/2 cup Demerara or turbinado sugar, divided 1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 to 3 minutes or […]

White Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Cookies

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These are a nice, sophisticated alternative to chocolate chip walnut cookies, but just as familiar and comforting. Photo to the left by Quentin Bacon. MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN 3-INCH COOKIES ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed light brown sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract […]

Lemon Icebox Pie with Coconut Crust

Recipe Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living Magazine.   MAKES 2 9-INCH PIES 2½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface 3 tablespoons sugar ½ pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted buter, but into small pieces 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut 2 large egg yolks 2 cups heavy cream 4 large egg whites 1 1/3 cups […]

Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Serve as an alternate to pumpkin pie. Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living Magazine. MAKES ONE 9-INCH PIE 25 gingersnap cookies 4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus 3 tablespoons melted and cooled 1 medium sweet potato (8 ounces), peeled and cut into large chunks 2½ tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon ground ginger ¾ […]

Aunt June’s Lemon Icebox Pie

This is my mom’s sister’s, my Aunt June’s, icebox pie. It was my dad’s favorite pie, so she always brought one when she came to visit. She topped hers with meringue, but I prefer whipped cream. The gingersnap crust was also my addition, because I love gingersnaps with lemon.   Makes one 9-inch pie (Serves […]

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisps with Cardamom and Nutmeg

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For a take on an old-fashioned TV dinner, serve with Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf, Mustard Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans with Garlic, Lemon & Parsley. Photo to the left by Brian Leatart. Topping ½ cup old-fashioned oats ½ cup all purpose flour ½ cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1/3 cup sliced almonds ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg Generous pinch of salt 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes Filling 5 cups ½-inch-thick slices fresh rhubarb (from […]

Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

This is a classic. I serve this with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream because I like the tanginess of the yogurt with the sweet, syrupy cherries. Use any variety of cherries you want–sweet or sour. Serves 4 to 6 2 cups pitted cherries (about 10 ounces), plus extra for garnish ¾ cup dry white […]

Frozen Layered Terrine

This is the easiest type of summertime dessert–one that requires no cooking and very little prep. SERVES 8. 3 pints ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet, such as raspberry sorbet, strawberry ice cream, and blueberry, blackberry, or boysenberry sorbet   1. Place a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan in the freezer for 30 minutes until it is […]

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards

This simple panna cotta is all about the tangy flavor of creamy buttermilk topped with a sweet-tart spoonful or two of bright red balsamic-glazed strawberries.

2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC - Phone: 919.967.3663
Both locations open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm