Nothing tells you spring is here more than rhubarb, berries and fresh peas beginning to show up at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores. While tart rhubarb is almost always paired with strawberries, this pie goes a different way with blackberries and a slightly sweet crust flavored with fresh lemon zest and limoncello.
Are you all ready for summer? I know I am. It’s not quite here though. So I am making do with these little cookies that have flavors reminiscent of a tiki cocktail, and are basically a mashup of macaroons and macarons. I’m not a big fan of either of those, I usually find them too sweet for my tastes. So I reduced the sugar as much as I could, swapped out sweet coconut (which is in macaroons) for unsweetened, and punched up the flavor with lime zest and freeze dried pineapple. And these cookies stay wonderfully soft with the almond meal (featured in macarons). If you turn the heat up to 80 degrees, close your eyes and take a bite, you can almost believe summer is here. And did I mention these little gems are naturally gluten-free and dairy free?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Since this post falls on a holiday, I decided to figure something out that could be made with leftovers of traditional foods people might be cooking today. Last year our bonus post for March was a basic Irish Soda Bread. I delved a bit into the history of the bread and my version stuck to the more historic recipes, just flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. One of my favorite things to do with leftover bread is make bread pudding. Perfect for a simple dessert or even breakfast (along with some corned beef hash!)