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

Bourbon Apricot & Sweet Potato Hand Pies

These rustic half-moon pastries travel beautifully, making them one of my favorite picnic treats.  Just wrap them in wax paper and you’re off!   Makes eight 4- to 5-inch hand pies 1 cup dried apricots, chopped 1/4 cup bourbon 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound) 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top […]

Farm-Stand Peach Ice Cream

Throughout the South, but especially along rural strips of highway, you’ll find a plethora of roadside farm stands advertising their homegrown wares with colorful, hand-painted wooden signs.  I love these quirky little catchall stands, where you’re almost as likely to encounter folk art or a mini petting zoo as you are watermelons and eggs.  If […]

Coconut Macaroons Dipped in Chocolate (Gluten Free)

THESE COCONUT CLUSTERS ARE WELL ROUNDED, balancing a chewy interior with a crisp golden crust, and sweetened flaked coconut with a semisweet chocolate topping. Makes about 1.5 dozen (2.5-3 inch) cookies 4 large egg whites 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut 1 cup almond flour […]

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 […]

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

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