Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Milk Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the lemon cake for people who don’t typically like lemon cakes. I know, because I’m one of them. My friend Sarah recently celebrated her 30th birthday, and I wracked my brain for at least a month beforehand to come up with the perfect birthday cake for her. She’s an accomplished baker in her…

Recipe: Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic, Almonds, and Parmesan

Growing up, my perception of green beans was grim: they came from a can looking a sickly dark green and flopped when you touched them. Don’t even get me started on the smell. And in casseroles, they were even worse. I didn’t fall in love with green beans until my early 20s, during a meal…

Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream Frosting

I have a confession to make: I don’t generally like lemon desserts. Give me your creamy, your chocolate, your vanilla-based confections – I’ll take anything soft, buttery, and caramelized. Lemon can so often overpower, it vanquishes all other flavor, from cheesecakes to sugar cookies. Bleh. But not this time. A few weeks ago, my friend…