Category Archives: Recipes

Crimson Gold Apple Tartlets

The recipe for these came about by accident when I ordered some apples from Good Eggs. I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize that Crimson Gold Apples are tiny little apples. Once they arrived I was determined to make them into little tartlets but I couldn’t find a recipe I liked online.

So here’s my first attempt, I think it turned out quite well. Not too sweet and slightly addicting.

Crimson Gold Apple Tartlets

The juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
8-10 crimson gold apples
1 ½ teaspoon castor sugar
½ stick melted butter
1-2 tablespoons of honey
1 puff pastry sheet defrosted per manufacturer instructions.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice apples in half and remove the cores, slice the remaining apple halves thinly.  I used a mandolin set on the first setting. Combine apple slices with the lemon juice and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Roll out puff pastry dough until quite thin. Use a large cookie cutter to cut rounds out of the rolled out dough. I used a flower shaped cookie cutter, but anything round will do. Place dough circles on a parchment lined baking sheet. Arrange apple slices on dough circles allowing a 1/4″ border at the edge.  Brush each tartlet with the melted butter and sprinkle with the castor sugar. Bake for 25 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle honey on each tartlet. Allow to cool. Serve at warm or at room temperature.

Mom’s Recipes | Basic Cinnamon Cookies

I went on a bit of a shopping frenzy at the Penzeys online store and bought a whole bunch of great spices, including some cinnamon. It just smelled so good I had to make this super simple cinnamon cookie recipe of my mom’s.

Basic Cinnamon Cookies | Terri Moore

Basic Cinnamon Cookies

230 grams butter softened
300 grams caster sugar
2 eggs
330 grams flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon & 4 tsp sugar in a separate bowl


Cream the butter and sugar, add eggs and then dry ingredients. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

Roll into small balls and toss in the cinnamon/sugar mix. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes until baked through.

Basic Cinnamon Cookies | Terri Moore


After seeing this NPR story on Zwetschgendatschi (Bavarian plum cake), I decided that I wanted to try my hand at it. I was going to make the recipe featured in the story but my husband asked that I try and make his mother’s version.  She sent me the recipe and I made a few little tweaks, I couldn’t get the right plums. Her recipe calls for Italian Prune Plums, but red plums were all that were available in my area.

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Mom’s Recipes | Lemon Meringue Pie

This is probably the recipe that I have made the most out of my mom’s recipe book and it is still one of my favorites.  I made this over Memorial Day weekend to take to a get together with some friends and neighbors.  I think I’m only getting to the post now because that weekend was slightly traumatizing, our party ended up getting stuck in an elevator after we trekked off to go see a friend’s loft that was about to go on the market.

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Mom’s Recipes | Bacon Wheels

When I was growing up my mom had a handwritten recipe book of all the recipes she had discovered and modified over the years. She referenced it regularly, and I have many memories of my brother and I making chocolate cake using that recipe book. After my brother and I grew up and left the house my mother decided to type up all the recipes and create a printed copy for each of us.

A few years back my husband suggested that we make each recipe so we can photograph them and remake the book with photographs of each dish.

This is the first recipe out of the book, super simple with only 3 ingredients.

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