pecanpie October 24

Pecan Pie with Bourbon and Brown Butter

Brown Sugar, Brown Butter and Bourbon.  I worry I’m becoming a bit obsessed with these ingredients.  I’m running through an alarming amount of bourbon – and brown sugar – this fall.  (I’ve been running through alarming amounts of butter my entire life – I’ve just recently discovered the magic of browning it.) Is it bad […]

IMG_0784_2 October 21

Apple Spice Muffins with Walnuts and Raisins

Crisp fall mornings call for muffins.  Spicy muffins stuffed with tart apples, raisins and walnuts… the kind of muffin that makes you want to linger over a cup of coffee on a rainy morning and have a nostalgic sort through old photographs. I’ve been rummaging through our photo collection recently in an effort to put […]

beefbarleysoup October 20

Rich and Hearty Beef Barley Soup

Now that the winter coat has come out of the closet (and onto my slightly chilled self on the way to work), it’s officially soup season at House Morell.  This is welcomed with a fair bit of dread from the men of the house… who see right through my efforts to add more vegetables to […]

ducks October 19

Links I Have Loved This Week…

Once again, I’m having technical difficulties with my computer… In fact, after losing an entire batch of lovely photos of apple spice muffins, it’s time to replace it. Which takes a bit of time. I can report that the process of my re-design with Wooden Spoons Kitchen has officially begun.  (so exciting!) This week we […]

IMG_0500 October 14

Cappuccino Brownies

  Of all the baked goods that tempt me – and there are many – brownies rank highest on the list.  Cappuccino Brownies? Impossible to resist.  I never did have much willpower when it comes to baked goods. This recipe comes from my mother’s dear friend Connie (who I have known since I was about […]

photo October 13

Links I Have Loved This Week…

I’ve been in Florida celebrating my mom’s birthday with our family and her wonderful friends this weekend… Happy Birthday mom! As I’ve been wandering about the wilds of the Internet this week, I’ve found a few things I must share: God Only Knows how I am the only person on the planet who hasn’t seen […]

IMG_0664_2 October 10

Mexican Pot Roast with Queso Fresco Polenta

  We built the first fire of the season at House Morell on Sunday… it was the sort of perfect autumn day that begged for a pot roast.  And do I have a fabulous pot roast recipe to share with you.  It’s rich and tangy, sweet and spicy… comfort food with a twist.  I decided […]

IMG_0644 October 06

No-Churn Bourbon and Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat is possibly one of the stickiest in my collection. I must admit, I am usually drawn to a cookbook by the photography, but I treasure this volume for a different reason. Nigella’s extraordinary writing alone compels me to want to gather some friends around, and cook my way through nearly every […]

10626840_10203998402453689_9180392318207430899_n October 05

Links I have loved this week…

I found blue eggs at my favorite local butcher – The Organic Butcher of McLean today.  Blue eggs for breakfast tomorrow! Have you ever seen Fixer Upper?  HGTV was running a marathon during my cooking time today… now inspired to decorate my home in rustic Texan antiques. On a slightly deeper note, this Wall Street […]

IMG_0608 October 04

Mango Smoothie with a Cayenne Kick

Late in the summer I began to develop an unfortunate malady I affectionately refer to as “blogger bottom.”  I had simply been cooking, baking and eating too many indulgent dishes in the pursuit of excellence in food blogging. My jeans just didn’t quite fit anymore. And this just wouldn’t do. So, I quietly started to […]

IMG_0613_2 October 03

Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

My older two kids went back to college last week, and ever since, I’ve been on a mission to clear through the wreckage of their summer occupation of House Morell.  Don’t misunderstand me – I was thrilled to have them home – they just left little remnants scattered EVERYWHERE that needed to be tidied up. […]

IMG_0586_2 October 02

Chipotle Cinnamon Chili with a touch of Cocoa… and a Giveaway

The golden leaves are tumbling off the trees and crunching underfoot, we have plopped a bright orange pumpkin by the front door, and the cozy sweaters have come out of hibernation. Must be chili weather. For years and years, my go-to chili recipe was Sheila Lukin’s Chili for a Crowd from my beat-up Silver Palate cookbook.  It was […]

IMG_0574 October 01

Outrageous Oatmeal Spice Cookies

It’s been well established that two of my favorite things in life are coffee and baked goods. I’m not tempted by much in the Starbucks pastry case…. (Which is a good thing, because I’m there so often the entire crew knows my name, my high-maintenance order, and the names of all my kids.) With two […]

nyto-gilmore-tmagArticle September 30

September Links I Loved…

Hi all, Time for my September Faves… Thought I’d broaden the links a bit this month.  I’ve been having a think about what sorts of things to feature in my blog, and as my interests do extend beyond recipes, I thought I’d share a few favorite articles and ideas and book recommendations as well. Let […]

IMG_0481 September 29

Tio’s Chimichurri

I know it’s officially fall, and food bloggers across the land have moved on to soups and stews and pumpkin spiced everything, but in Virginia it was brilliantly sunny and 70 yesterday – excellent grilling weather.  Everyone claims summer is the perfect time to grill, but really, when it’s 100 degrees in mid-July, who wants […]

IMG_0428 September 22

Mini Strawberry-Lime Megpie Tarts

  I have discovered that it is not easy to blog when the Internet is down.  And the Internet was down All. Weekend. Long. Not that I’m bitter. Honestly, in some ways it was lovely to be free of the constant call of the web.  It made me realize I have become way too dependent […]

IMG_0373 September 15

Pear and Chocolate Crisp with Toasted Hazelnuts

My interest in baking began very early.  Perhaps because my interest in food began very early.  I was one of those geeky little kids who sat in corners inhaling books.  Upon reflection, I suspect the yearning to bake was fueled by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy.  I loved that book – honestly I think it was […]

IMG_0416 September 14

Arugula Salad with Warm Duck, Figs, Haricots Vert, Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Earlier this year, M and I had the opportunity to travel to Australia for a few days. We hopped on one of those incredible Qantas A380s (which really seemed far too big to fly…) and found ourselves on the other side of the world 14 hours later.  This still boggles my mind… it’s nearly 8,000 […]

IMG_0402 September 12

Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips, Dried Cherries and Almonds

One of the many things to look forward this fall is the return of my book club.  Book clubs are wonderful inventions, don’t you think?  As a gal who reads constantly, I love to have the opportunity to discuss books – some I would never have otherwise selected – with a group of friends over […]

IMG_0358 September 11

Spinach Salad with Roasted Late-Summer Veggies, Queso Fresco and Pepitas

As I sat down to pound out my blog post this evening, I caught the tail end of About Time… a movie I absolutely adore.  It’s a sort of grown-up rom com set in London and Cornwall involving time-travel and starring the adorable duo of Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams.  While the premise might be […]

IMG_0324 September 08

German Chocolate Cake With Coconut-Pecan Cajeta Frosting … and My 101st Blog Post

I really wasn’t going to include another cake on Bourbon and Brown Sugar for a while.  I resolved it was time for more dinner items, or at least pies.  But I baked this gooey, messy, gorgeous wonder over the weekend, and just had to share.  My husband loves German Chocolate Cake, so at least once […]

IMG_0312 September 07

Lumache with Prosciutto and Lemon Breadcrumbs

Yes, the above image is that of one of the best pasta dishes I have ever made.  But first, let me tell you how I came upon this recipe.  It all started with Perfect Fish Tacos. Last weekend, I got into the car to head to the beach at 4:30 in the afternoon, naïvely thinking […]

IMG_0298 September 06

Angel Hair Pasta with Basil, Walnut and Lemon Pesto

One of the reasons I adore Wes Anderson movies is that every single shot looks like a brilliantly composed postcard.  Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom? The Grand Budapest Hotel?  Gorgeous.  Perhaps one of the reasons they resonate with me is because my brain stores memories this way.  (Admittedly not quite as perfectly composed as Andersons’s…) […]

IMG_0266 September 03

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

I’m in a bit of an odd transition at Bourbon and Brown Sugar.  It’s Back to School week – and though I’ve left my teaching job, I’ve been lurking around school over the past few weeks training up the new crew of Tech Nerds (as we affectionately call the technology team).  Three of us left […]

IMG_0021 August 22

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

I believe every girl should have a little black dress in her closet.  Something smart, simple and elegant, with great lines.  Something that makes you feel fabulous when you pull it on with a pair of heels. This, my friends, is the little black dress of chocolate cakes. This dense, rich, flourless chocolate cake is […]

IMG_0126 August 20

Cinnamon-Fragrant Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes are big in our corner of the world.  I often drive past Georgetown Cupcake on my way to work, Sprinkles has a shop in Georgetown, and my favorite coffee haunt – Baked and Wired – features a mouth-watering range of “cake-cups.”   Though I prefer the Baked and Wired creations, the tourists wrap around […]

IMG_0034 August 19

Blueberry Gateau

It’s day two of the week of cakes at Bourbon and Brown Sugar… and today I’d like to share Patti’s gorgeous Blueberry Gateau. (In case you missed the story yesterday, a group of friends submitted cake recipes to me over the last few weeks to be collected into a surprise birthday gift… I couldn’t help […]

IMG_0041 August 18

Texas Sheet Cake

  Last week I baked over a dozen cakes.  I don’t work in a bakery, and actually I prefer pies.  Or cookies.   But I was on a mission.   And before you think: MB, this little blogging hobby of yours is getting out of control (and you would be right), I can explain.   […]

IMG_0198 August 15

Oven Roasted Summer Succotash

Though you would have no way of knowing it by reading my recent blog posts, I actually eat vegetables.  In fact I love to eat vegetables.  One would get the impression that I sit around eating cake all day.  Which is not entirely true. One of my all-time favorite veggie combinations is succotash – possibly […]

IMG_0166 August 14

Cherry, Blackberry and Nectarine Sangria

I do believe Sangria is one of summer’s perfect drinks.  While I find it’s completely acceptable made with the traditional Spanish fruit – (oranges, apples, lemons, and limes) – I much prefer an Americanized version laden with summer stone fruit and berries.  This fruity punch has been around for centuries.  I read recently that Sangria […]

IMG_0106 August 13

Spicy Ginger Bundt Cake

We’re home after enjoying a wonderful long-weekend in Colorado. Colorado is such a gorgeous part of the country….  We did a little hiking: Stopped to admire the wildflowers… And even picked some raspberries along the way… We also went white-water rafting, hung by the pool and ate very, very well… It was a fantastic get-away. […]

IMG_9572 August 05

Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Heath Bar Frosting

My Sarah turned 21 yesterday, which called for a pretty fabulous birthday cake.  But I was a bit short on time (surprise, surprise).  I had to prioritize my efforts, as a had an entire dinner for eight to conjure up. So, I cheated.  I used a cake mix. (gasp!)  But it was actually really, really […]

IMG_9546 August 03

Blackberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

One of the many fabulous things about writing a food blog is that friends bring me lovely things from their gardens to cook with. Perhaps they all feel sorry for me because they know how hard I tried to grow things myself, but I gave up a couple of years ago.  It was just too […]

photo (9) July 31

July Link Love

Today, I needed a plate of cookies for a meeting, and preferred to wander around in Georgetown than spend the morning baking, so picked up the selection of Amy’s Cookies (above) at Dean and DeLuca.  Yum. Another month, another inspired month in the blogging world… All sorts of summer cooking with lovely fresh fruits (cherries, peaches!) […]

IMG_9542 July 30

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

  Dear readers, I have a confession to make.  I’m in culinary rut this summer.  I can’t stop making this salad.  I suppose the clever way to think about would to deem it “The Official Salad of the 2014 Summer Grilling Season at House Morell.”   Perhaps it needs a logo of some sort.  It’s […]


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