Just like everyone on this planet, I occasionally get lazy. Ok, maybe the word “occasionally” is too generous. Sure, sometimes I’m highly motivated to whip fairy dreams out of marzipan, but believe me, it’s definitely not the norm. I don’t have the time (or the drive) to pursue near-perfect aesthetics every day of my life. Simply put, my life is not that tidy. My life is just as imperfect, hectic and, from time-to-time, harrowing as anyone else’s. And when I don’t have the time or energy to be perfect, I thank my lucky stars for rustic-by-design desserts, such as these Raspberry Rhubarb Mini Galettes. Fruity, fuss-free, effortlessly elegant, what more could you ask for?
You guys! Summer is here and I am ecstatic! I’ve been in a state of euphoria for the past two days, which is a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because, you know, it’s euphoric. It’s a bad thing because I constantly have to remind myself that I can’t sit in the sun and get day drunk for the next two months – it’s very disappointing. I don’t think I will ever get over the buzz kill that is adulting in the summertime. But I can soothe my inner sprinkler-loving child with these Bourbon Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwiches. Okay, the bourbon is more for adult Susan than child Susan if you want to split hairs.
You know what I found surprising when I started digging into the oddly diverse world of Neapolitan flavoring? The hate. People not only hate Neapolitan ice cream, they hate the people who like it. One blog even declared that Neapolitan-loving people, like me, “like horrible things.” Well, gosh! I’m sorry. But once I looked beyond the rage, I found so many unique and delicious riffs on the classic chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla combo. So many, in fact, that I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. Today’s Neapolitan Marble Cake with Chantilly Frosting is just the tip of the iceberg, so you’ll have to forgive me if things get a little Neapolitan-heavy on this blog.
The weather continues to force me to make my own sunshine. It’s cool! I can totally handle it – I’ve got Meyer lemons. And when life hands me Meyer lemons I make not only lemonade but all sorts of things. Last year it was these adorable cakes (excuse the photos, I didn’t know what I was doing yet), this year it’s these Meyer Lemon Alfajores.