Glazed Lemon Scones

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Tender lemon scones are topped with a lemony glaze for a bright addition to any breakfast or brunch menu.

Two lemon scones next to lemon wedges on a white plate.

I love breakfast pastries. From muffins to scones to donuts, they’re some of my favorite breakfast treats.

And long-time readers also know all about my love for lemon, whether it’s in the form of homemade lemon bars, mini lemon cheesecakes, or simple but delicious lemon sorbet.

So is it really surprising that I combined these two loves into these beautiful glazed lemon scones?

Nope. It is not.

These tender lemon scones, which are similar to my raspberry lemon scones, are topped with a bright lemon glaze, making these beauties the ideal treat for anyone who loves lemon as much as I do. 

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Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

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Mini lemon cheesecakes are topped with lemon curd and fresh berries for a bright addition to any summer menu.

Unwrapped mini lemon cheesecake next to a wrapped mini lemon cheesecake on a white plate.

I come from a cheesecake obsessed family. Whether it’s mini cheesecakes for a spring birthday party or a pumpkin cheesecake on Thanksgiving, a cheesecake of some variety graces our table for almost every occasion. 

It’s one of those desserts that immediately takes me back to being a kid and baking with my Nana.

Perched up on a kitchen stool, I’d help her every step of the way. From sifting cups of flour and cutting shapes into pie dough to rolling up the perfect pumpkin roll, I was always her right hand girl. 

Many times, we’d bake the day away and then deliver our sweet treats to neighbors, church friends, and family. I loved every minute of it. In that kitchen is where my love for baking began.

So of course, any time I make cheesecake, whether it’s Nana’s easy cheesecake or these mini lemon cheesecakes, I always think of her.

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Ultimate Frozen Margarita

Here’s the ultimate frozen margarita recipe: refreshingly simple with just 4 simple ingredients! Blend up a party-sized pitcher in minutes.…

Here’s the ultimate frozen margarita recipe: refreshingly simple with just 4 simple ingredients! Blend up a party-sized pitcher in minutes.

Frozen margarita in glass with salt rim and lime wheel.

The classic margarita is one the greatest cocktails of all time. The best way to dress it up for summer? Try this Frozen Margarita recipe!

Why we love this recipe: The frozen margarita is our favorite summer entertaining trick: it’s so simple to blend up 4 servings in minutes! Who can turn down the sweet tart goodness of a frosty margarita? It’s a great frosty, citrusy drink for the season, to serve as a summer cocktail, poolside beach drink, barbecue or cookout, and more.

Ingredients in this frozen margarita recipe

The margarita is one of the most popular classic cocktails of all time: it was invented in Mexico in the 1930’s and is just as popular today. The standard recipe is just three ingredients: tequila, Triple Sec or Cointreau, and lime juice. To make the frozen version of it, you’ll just add ice!

A hint of simple syrup balances out the tartness of the icy mixture. That’s right: there’s no need for a store-bought mix! Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need:

Best tequila for a frozen margarita

One tip: buy a quality tequila for this recipe! Since tequila is the main flavor in this frozen margarita, spending a few extra dollars is worth it for the flavor. Look for 750 ml bottles in the range of $22 to $35.

  • We like using tequila reposado for this recipe. This type of tequila is aged and has a nuanced flavor with vanilla and oak notes. Some brands we like are Casamigos, Milagro Reposado, and Suerte Reposado.
  • Tequila blanco is not aged and has a straightforward flavor. You can use either, but reposado adds the most flavor. Some tequila blanco brands we like are Espolon Blanco, El Tesoro Blanco, Patrón Silver, and Casamigos.

How to make frozen margaritas

A good frozen margarita recipe is all about getting that perfect pureed frozen texture without sacrificing flavor. Will it stay frozen or melt within 2 seconds of pouring it into the glass? We tested a variety of methods and came up with the frozen margarita recipe here (go to the full recipe below for quantities):

  1. Step 1: Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run it around the edge of a margarita glass. Dip the glass rim into kosher salt or sea salt.
  2. Step 2: Add tequila, Cointreau or Triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup to a blender. Add ice and blend until smooth.
Frozen margarita with limes and blender

Fun ideas for the salt rim

🍹 You can use kosher salt or chunky sea salt for the rim, like Himalayan pink sea salt. To make it look even more festive, use colorful margarita salt with orange and lime zest. You’ll already have the limes for when making this frozen margarita (just make sure to zest them first!).

Or, try a Tajín rim: it’s a Mexican seasoning blend of chili peppers, lime, and salt that adds a burst of tangy, spicy flavor.

Margarita Salt

Make ahead tip

To prep this frozen margarita in advance, we recommend mixing up the liquids prior to serving and refrigerate up to 2 days in advance. Blend up the drink right immediately serving. You can also freeze your glasses prior to serving to slow the drink from melting (freeze them 30 minutes to 2 hours in advance).

Margarita recipe variations

If you love this frozen margarita recipe, you’ll love our collection of margarita recipes, from Cadillac to virgin to pitcher margaritas. Here are a few favorites:

A few more frozen cocktails

Outside of this frozen margarita recipe, here are a few of our favorite frozen alcoholic drinks:

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a special machine to make a frozen margarita?

No! While margarita machines are convenient, you can easily make delicious frozen margaritas at home with a regular blender.

My frozen margarita is too icy! How can I fix it?

If your frozen margarita is too icy, add a little bit more water or lime juice (a teaspoon or so), and blend again.

Can I make a frozen margarita ahead of time?

Yes, you can! Blend all the ingredients except the ice and store the mixture in the freezer for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, blend the mixture with ice until frozen.

What are some fun variations for frozen margaritas?

Replace the ice in the recipe below with 4 cups frozen strawberries or diced frozen mango cubes.

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Ultimate Frozen Margarita Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Here’s the ultimate frozen margarita recipe: refreshingly simple with just 4 simple ingredients! Blend up a party-sized pitcher in minutes.


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) tequila blanco or reposado
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) simple syrup
  • 4 ½ cups ice
  • For the rim: kosher salt or pink sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place the salt on a plate and wet the rim of the glasses (it’s easiest to cut a notch into a lime and run it around the glass). Dip the outside edge of the rims into the margarita salt. 
  2. Place the frozen ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy. Pour into the prepared glasses and serve*. If desired, garnish with lime wedges. 

Notes

*Make ahead tip: To make this drink in advance, mix up the liquids prior to serving and refrigerate up to 2 days in advance. Blend up the drink right immediately serving. You can also freeze your glasses prior to serving to slow the drink from melting (freeze them 30 minutes to 2 hours in advance).

Fruity variations: Replace the ice in the recipe above with 4 cups frozen strawberries or diced frozen mango cubes.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

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Candied Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Fudge Swirl (Crema del Doge)

This sweet and creamy custard-based ice cream is flavored with candied orange syrup and features a swirl of rich and chewy chocolate fudge and bits of candied orange peel studded throughout. Inspired by a particularly memorable cone of gelato from our travels, Crema del Doge is a flavor fit for a king: sweet cream with […]

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This sweet and creamy custard-based ice cream is flavored with candied orange syrup and features a swirl of rich and chewy chocolate fudge and bits of candied orange peel studded throughout.

Inspired by a particularly memorable cone of gelato from our travels, Crema del Doge is a flavor fit for a king: sweet cream with a hint of orange, with swirls of dark chocolate fudge and bits of bright candied orange peel mixed right in.

One round scoop sitting in a silver pan with Candied Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Fudge Swirl, ice cream scoop on the side.

Sometimes, a single delicious bite from a trip is so memorable that you’re still thinking about it 7 years later.

This is one of those bites.

Ok, so we had quite a few memorable bites on our trip to Venice back in 2017, including a decadent pistachio cream and the always satisfying straciatella, but it was a mind-blowing scoop of chocolate-and-orange deliciousness dubbed Crema del Doge that embedded itself in my mind and refused to leave.

Crema del Doge is the signature flavor of Gelateria il Doge in Venice, Italy. (The Doge was the highest ranking leader in Venice from about the 7th to 18th centuries… so this gelato is fit for royalty, wouldn’t you agree?) If you ever find yourself in the Floating City, I highly recommend seeking out this particular gelateria as you won’t be disappointed (SuSo is the other one that’s an absolute must).

This particular flavor flavor features a sweet cream gelato base with a swirl of chocolate fudge and bits of candied orange peel, making for a lovely chocolate and orange combination that’s darn near perfection. It was one of those moments where I knew, shortly after taking that first lick, that this was a flavor I needed to recreate at home.

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Mango and Black Bean Salsa

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Fresh, juicy mangos are paired with black beans and fresh veggies in this tangy mango and black bean salsa. Scoop it up with your favorite tortilla chips or use it as a topping for tacos!

Bowl filled with mango and black bean salsa with a tortilla chip in it.

Long-time readers know that I love a good dip. Cheesy, tangy, hot, cold, I love them all.

But as much as I love digging into a good buffalo chicken dip or spinach artichoke dip, when warmer weather rolls around, I crave cool, refreshing dips and salsas.

I’m talking spicy guacamole, fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips, and now this mango and black bean salsa.

This is the recipe that will be on repeat for our family all summer long. I’ll be taking it to every party and cookout and putting it on anything and everything.

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Pound Cake Cookies

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Pound cake cookies are everything you love about traditional pound cake, but in cookie form. These soft, delicate cookies are topped with a lemon glaze for a bright, delicious finish.

Stack of glazed pound cake cookies on a blue and white napkin. The top cookie has a bite taken from it.

You know what is better than a slice of cake?

Well, almost nothing. But right up there is when you can turn a slice of cake into a cookie.

That’s what’s happening with these sweet little pound cake cookies. I love pound cake, don’t get me wrong, but it does take a while to bake.

But these cookies? I can mix together the dough and have them out of the oven in just about 30 minutes. What a win.

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Radicchio Salad

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Try this vibrant radicchio salad, the perfect side dish! Sweet pears, crunchy almonds, tangy goat cheese, and a bright citrus vinaigrette dress up a colorful bed of greens.

Radicchio Salad

Move over kale: there’s a new salad green in town (or, a new purple?). As cookbook authors who’ve made over 60 salad recipes, it’s hard to impress us with something new. But this radicchio salad is a vibrant explosion of flavors and textures that will send your tastebuds into overdrive! Bitter bright purple radicchio leaves are balanced by the sweetness of ripe pears, the satisfying crunch of toasted almonds, the creamy tang of goat cheese, and a zesty citrus vinaigrette that ties it all together. This isn’t your average salad!

What is radicchio?

It’s hard to believe that in a decade of writing recipes, we’ve barely scratched the surface on this leafy green. Radicchio is a bitter green that’s a member of the chicory family, known for its striking purple color and bitter flavor. It forms compact heads with deep red or maroon leaves that have contrasting white veins.

Radicchio’s bitterness comes from a compound called intybin, which mellows when cooking. Much like other bitter vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, when it’s grilled, roasted, or braised, radicchio has a sweeter, more nuanced flavor profile. You might find charred radicchio on a restaurant menu, and the vegetable is common in Italian cuisine.

Radicchio

Ingredients for radicchio salad

Working with this ingredient in the past (in this endive salad, for example), we noticed one overriding characteristic: radicchio tastes bitter. To balance out the bitterness, we’ve prefer not to have an entire salad of the purple leaves: it’s much too strong. Instead, balance radicchio with other greens, like butter lettuce, baby arugula, mizuna, or other mild greens. Adding fruit like pears or apples also helps to balance with sweetness, and strong cheeses pair well too.

Here are the ingredients for this radicchio salad:

  • Radicchio
  • Butter lettuce, baby arugula, baby mizuna: You can use any type of mild green. We like the texture of baby arugula or baby mizuna, which is a green similar to arugula but not as peppery. Avoid mature arugula as it is much too spicy.
  • Pear: Use a ripe pear or substitute a green or red apple.
  • Shallot: The mild flavor of shallot pairs well here. Red onion works too.
  • Almonds: Making toasted almonds brings out their nutty flavor, or for a fancy salad use pine nuts.
  • Cheese: Goat cheese crumbles, feta, or gorgonzola cheese work well (we like goat cheese best). For a vegan salad, omit the cheese.
  • Herbs: Fresh mint bring a pop of fresh flavor.
  • Citrus vinaigrette: This homemade orange vinaigrette is essential to the flavor, as orange and radicchio are a common flavor pairing.
Radicchio Salad

Why toasting the nuts makes a difference

You might not want to spend the 5 extra minutes toasting nuts, but here’s why it’s important (and required, in our opinion!). Toasting nuts brings out at nutty essence to the flavor that’s otherwise undetectable. You have to taste it to believe it, but there’s a huge difference between a raw nut and a toasted nut.

Over here, we always toast our nuts before adding them to salads and desserts. You can toast nuts on the stovetop or in the oven. For salad, we typically use the stovetop since it’s so quick and it’s just a small quantity. Here’s How to Toast Nuts (2 Best Ways!).

For the orange vinaigrette

This radicchio salad goes hand in hand with the homemade vinaigrette: it’s got just the right sweet tart, zingy citrus flavor to contrast the bitterness of the purple leaves. It uses simple ingredients you’ll likely already have on hand in your pantry and fridge, with the exception of an orange. You’ll need to zest the orange, which we like to do with a microplane grater: it’s quick and easy to use. The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • Zest of one orange
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Olive oil
Radicchio Salad recipe

Alternative dressings

This radicchio salad is the perfect fall salad or winter salad to pair with cozy dishes, but it works in any season. It’s great with chicken, seafood, pasta, pizza, and more! A few other dressings can work with this radicchio salad, though we love the orange vinaigrette the most. Here are a few homemade salad dressings to consider:

More salad recipes

There are so many different greens to highlight in salads: and it’s not just kale and spinach! Here are some of our favorite salads featuring different leafy greens:

This radicchio salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, omit the cheese.

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Radicchio Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Try this vibrant radicchio salad, the perfect side dish! Sweet pears, crunchy almonds, tangy goat cheese, and a bright citrus vinaigrette dress up a colorful bed of greens.


Ingredients

For the radicchio salad

  • 1 head radicchio, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces or 2 cups baby arugula or baby mizuna
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds (or pine nuts)
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles (or feta or gorgonzola), optional
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves

For the citrus vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, orange zest, honey, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. Store refrigerated; the dressing will solidify when cooled so bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Toast the nuts
  3. Prepare the radicchio, butter lettuce (if using), pear, shallot as noted above.
  4. On a large platter or on salad plates, place the radicchio pieces and butter lettuce or baby arugula or mizuna. Add the pear slices, then sprinkle over the sliced shallot, toasted nuts, goat cheese crumbles, and mint leaves. Drizzle with the orange dressing and serve.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Radicchio Salad

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Sticky Orange Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Soft, fluffy yeast dough is swirled around a sticky orange and cardamom filling and topped with a tangy cream cheese glaze for these sticky orange rolls. Make them for a special weekend breakfast or a holiday brunch! I used to be totally afraid of baking with yeast. Ok, well, maybe it wasn’t a full-fledged fear, …

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Soft, fluffy yeast dough is swirled around a sticky orange and cardamom filling and topped with a tangy cream cheese glaze for these sticky orange rolls. Make them for a special weekend breakfast or a holiday brunch!

White baking dish filled with baked and glazed orange rolls.

I used to be totally afraid of baking with yeast.

Ok, well, maybe it wasn’t a full-fledged fear, but it was definitely a source of some minor kitchen anxiety. 

Whenever I would bake with yeast, I was alway second-guessing myself. Is my liquid

the right temp? Did I use the right yeast? Has the dough actually doubled in size? 

I know I’m not the only one who has felt this before. I have finally overcome my fears and enjoy making recipes like garlic knots, English muffin bread, and sweet rolls

So if you’re a little bit afraid of working with yeast, don’t panic. I’m going to walk you through making these sticky orange rolls so you can feel confident making them for your family.

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Homemade Orange Julius

Bring on the nostalgia with this homemade orange julius recipe! This thick and creamy drink is a cross between a milkshake and a smoothie and tastes like an orange creamsicle. No need to head to the mall to grab one of these – they’re easy to make at home with just a handful of ingredients. …

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Bring on the nostalgia with this homemade orange julius recipe! This thick and creamy drink is a cross between a milkshake and a smoothie and tastes like an orange creamsicle. No need to head to the mall to grab one of these – they’re easy to make at home with just a handful of ingredients.

Hand holding up a glass of orange julius, garnished with a blue and white striped straw and an orange slice.

I love the way food can bring a flood of memories coming back.

One bite of pumpkin roll or Nana’s easy cheesecake and I’m back in second grade, helping my nana in her kitchen. 

With a sip of strawberry lemonade, I’m a kid on summer break again, just enjoying the summer sunshine.

Copycat Hostess cupcakes make me think of road trips and getting snacks at the gas station.

And one sip of this homemade orange julius recipe and I’m a teenager hanging out at the mall yet again.

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Bursting with tart, fresh cranberries and sweet orange, cranberry orange muffins are special enough for a holiday weekend breakfast but easy enough to make any day of the week. If you’re having guests over for the holidays, there’s one thing I know for sure: you’re gonna want some easy breakfast options on hand. Especially if …

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Bursting with tart, fresh cranberries and sweet orange, cranberry orange muffins are special enough for a holiday weekend breakfast but easy enough to make any day of the week.

Close up of cranberry orange muffins arranged on a white platter.

If you’re having guests over for the holidays, there’s one thing I know for sure: you’re gonna want some easy breakfast options on hand.

Especially if you have family members that all get up at different times. You need to have something on hand for the early birds and the late risers.

I like making a pan of my make-ahead breakfast casserole, thawing some frozen fruit, and setting out a batch of freshly baked muffins. There’s a little something for everyone!

This year, I’m definitely going to be making these cranberry orange muffins. 

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