It’s been an interesting April, to say the least. And, as we all wait at home to see how our “new normal” might shape up, we’ve all been baking, shaking up cocktails, cooking with family, trying to make the whole process easy on ourselves, and getting downright nostalgic for “the good old days.”
Inspired by the renewed interest in cooking and your comments and questions, we have been sharing more recipes, meal ideas and cooking tips than ever before. We’ve been reaching out to you on Facebook, Instagram and right here on the blog and it’s been fantastic how you have responded in kind, offering ideas on variations and ways to cook with what you have on hand. Think we missed some of your favorites? Tag us to let us know which ones! It seems there are never enough good recipes to share.
This stunning fruit-inspired millefeuille is just about as adaptable as any dessert you’ll ever find and couldn’t be easier to make. Four flaky squares of buttery, store-bought puff pastry are layered with sweetened whipped cream and literally any type of seasonal fruit. Here, the pastry is partnered with blueberries, blackberries and sliced kiwi, but could just as easily be made with strawberries, peaches, passionfruit or whatever you discover at the market.
Cocktails are HUGE right now and this Coconut Cream and Lime Margarita is this month’s run away favorite for sure! A handful of easy-to-find bar ingredients, a stellar photograph for inspiration, and the word “margarita” seemed to do the trick. This creamy marg is a modern classic we will be mixing up for years to come.
Follow the common themes in our monthly list of favorites (think easy, fruity, adaptable!) and you’ll arrive at our seasonal take on this classic English dessert—and in just in time for Mothers’ Day. Swap out the homemade angel food cake in this recipe for the store-bought variety if you like short cuts, and trade the strawberries for your own favorites or whatever fruit you happen to have in that bowl on your kitchen counter. If you can’t find mascarpone, substitute it with cream cheese loosened with a spoonful of sour cream.
Quick breads and bread in general (Sourdough! Dinner rolls! Easy Dutch oven loaves!) have been a month-long trend that shows little sign of slowing. This simple lemon and blueberry tea loaf is a winner any time of the day and even your kids or the newbie baker can take on its easy mixing bowl preparation.
This fantastical garden-inspired focaccia is a creative take on the basic preparation. The baker started with a classic focaccia recipe—this particular one so easy that we originally published it in a kids baking cookbook back in 2003(!)—then added their own spin to make it unique. Is there an artist in the making here? We think so! We’ve featured focaccia in a multitude of preparations—topped with fresh tomatoes or grapes or more classically with fresh herbs—and love to be shown fresh ways to reimagine the traditional method.