Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake

I grew up in The South (capitalization on purpose). I was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia, lived most of my life in South Texas, and often visited my Grandma Olga Mae in Noxubee County, Mississippi. The South. One of my fondest memories is sitting on the screen porch of my Dad’s house on Broad Street during a summer rainstorm. I remember listening to the sound of the rain and feeling the light spray of mist coming through the screen. I remember watching the lightning flash and counting down the thunder.  I remember playing board games, drinking sweet tea, and eating coconut cake. This is my taste of The South.  (Read more…)

Deceptively Simple Peach and Lemon Curd Tartlets

Let’s be honest, shall we? I mean really honest. Sometimes we want to make something that looks and sounds complicated. We want to make something that’s dressed to impress and then let people assume it was so so hard to make, that you couldn’t possibly have done it yourself. We want them to be like “Oh my gosh, did you buy these in a fancy pastry shop?” and you say “Oh no, I made them myself. It was nothing, really. Just something I whipped up. (brushing dramatically at the flour you spramped on your face and clothing in preparation for this – your moment).” Lemon curd sounds HARD and also looks real fancy. Peach tartlets just sound super fancy and dramatic. Shh…don’t tell anyone, but it’s easier than you think. It seems like a lot of steps, but they’re deceptively foolproof. (Read more…)