Cranberry & Pecan Scones

  Makes 15 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup cold salted butter, cubed 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold heavy whipping cream, divided 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven... Continue Reading →

The History of Mint Julep

The Mint Julep, a cocktail of mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and crushed ice, has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. So how is it that the Mint Julep came to be synonymous with the most prestigious horse race in the United States? The julep cup itself is a longstanding... Continue Reading →

Christmas Traditions: Bûche de Noël

The Yule Log, or Bûche de Noël, is a French Christmas cake, the history of which stretches back before the medieval era. As families gathered to welcome the winter solstice, logs decorated with holly or ivy were burned to cleanse the air of the previous year’s events. The Yule log lived on, but because burning... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Mulled Wine

Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century as a way to keep the Romans warm during cold winters. As the Roman empire spread across Europe, so did the popularity of mulled wine. Europeans would mix their wine with spices to promote health and avoid sickness and add herbs and flowers to make unpalatable wine taste... Continue Reading →

Hot Cross Buns History & Recipe Share

There is a great deal of tradition and lore surrounding hot cross buns. According to some accounts, this sweet dough roll—studded with dried fruit and scored with a cross—dates back to the 12th century, when an English monk was divinely inspired to bestow the Christian sign of the cross upon a batch of rolls in... Continue Reading →

Mrs. Neilan’s Raisin Bread Recipe

Mrs. Neilan's Raisin Bread A recipe borrowed from Our Irish Grannies' Recipes: A Unique Collection of Delightful Recipes from Grannies' Kitchens All Over Ireland. I never actually met Mrs. Neilan—as far as I know, she was a neighbour of my granny's. However, this was one of the first things I baked by myself as a child, and... Continue Reading →

Woburn Abbey Scone Recipe

The Victorians were masters of making the most out of difficult circumstances. Let's follow suit. It may be bitterly cold and the sun may be masked by the winter drear, but never has a hot cup of tea and a scone been more enjoyable (or perhaps more fitting) than on such days. This recipe is a tried... Continue Reading →

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