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 […]

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