For The Food Lover: A Selection of Gift Picks

Flour and Fancy

Nothing gets me thinking about gift giving like Thanksgiving.  With all the publicity surrounding Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday, it’s hard not to think about shopping and the friends and family on your list, but it’s when I begin thinking about the people I’m thankful for in my life that I start plotting my holiday gifts.  And after I clean up the Turkey Day mess.

Edible gifts are great, and I bake a number of the items in the recipe archives to give as gifts.  However, sometimes you’ve got to open your wallet to give the gift that fits just right.Read More »


Cranberry Cherry Pies

Cranberry Cherry Pies // Flour and Fancy

Holidays are a time for, undoubtedly, pie.  I like to mix things up, to expand beyond the usual pumpkin or apple pie at the holiday table, and share other twists on common flavors.

Last year, I served dark chocolate pecan pie tarts and apple pear tartlets.  This year, I’m serving up new flavors.  Sure, we still have a pumpkin pie on the table, but there are two things I love baking around the holidays: miniature desserts that serve one and great combinations.  Pecans and dark chocolate, apples and pears – both great combinations.  This year, I’m serving up tangy meets sweet in a combination of cranberries and cherries.  The result: delicious!  I wanted to share this recipe with you both as a last minute dessert go-to for tomorrow’s big day and as a great pie to serve throughout the holiday season and winter months.Read More »

Pumpkin Honey Butter

Pumpkin Honey Butter / Flour and Fancy

When fall is upon us, there’s one spread that I always reach for first: my pumpkin honey butter.

At any given point in the year, you can always find pumpkin puree in my cabinet of staples.  Why?  Because I buy the canned version at the grocery and make my own in such quantities that it’s always lingering, hanging out in eager anticipation of fall.  This is deliberate.  For me, fall hasn’t truly ignited around me until I have my first taste of pumpkin for the year.

That taste is often ushered to my lips long before I make my first loaf of spiced pumpkin bread or have my first latte spiced with beloved finer, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  It’s when I grab butter, pumpkin, and honey, make this simple yet richly flavored bread, and slather it on the first thing I can get my hands on.  This flavored butter is my toast to fall’s beginning.Read More »