2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm

Carolina Rice Pudding Brulee

Humble rice pudding gets a serious makeover with the addition of flavorful, fat-grained Carolina Gold rice and a glassy, sugared brûlée crust. MAKES SIX 6-OUNCE SERVINGS 3  cups milk 3⁄4  cup Carolina Gold or other long-grain white rice 1  vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved 1  teaspoon kosher salt 1  cup heavy cream […]

Banana Pudding

Here is my favorite recipe for classic banana pudding – spiked with rum, layered with bananas and vanilla wafers, and crowned with meringue. Serves 6 to 8 2 and 1/4 cups milk 1  vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved 4 large eggs, separated 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch, sifted 1/2 teaspoon kosher […]

Chano’s Tres Leches Cake

FOR 22 OF OUR 25 YEARS, we’ve been blessed to work with Chano Valencia, an incredible baker. Of all his cakes, I think this one is my very favorite. Topped with strawberries, sandwiched with jam and soaked in cream, it makes for a super moist take on a traditional strawberry shortcake. Just plan to make […]

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

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

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 […]

2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm