Jessica Merrill

Jessica lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. and writes about food, drinks, travel and lots more. She has written for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Travel, Budget Travel, Wine & Spirits, Shape, Coastal Living and many others. She grew up in Vermont, and is very much that person who is willing to walk not just a city block, but a mile (or two) in search of authenticity. On top of that, she's lucky to have met Maggie through her husband. They're really tight cousins - so it turns out husbands are good for lots of things!

Our Favorite Birthday Cakes: Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting

by Jessica Merrill
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I was one lucky kid. I grew up with a grandmother who was a darn good baker and gifted with a cake decorating tip. From year to year, whatever I was into, Strawberry Shortcake or Wonder Woman, my grandmother brought it to life on cake. For my first birthday, she made a baby lamb —

Holiday Recipe Wish List by Jessica Merrill

by Jessica Merrill
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Eat Boutique contributor Jessica Merrill is like a member of the family, literally. She just happened to marry my cousin and it was pretty much true love. With me, of course! While she was visiting for our annual Thanksgiving extravaganza last week — which included 12 people, three days, two shelves of homemade liquors and

Liddabit Sweets, Brooklyn

by Jessica Merrill
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I’m crazy about salted caramels. This past Christmas I even got it into my head to make them as gifts. I got out my candy thermometer, and with that in hand, I confidently watched over my boiling pot of goodness (sugar, corn syrup and fresh vanilla bean), diligently checking the temperature until it reached 245

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread

by Jessica Merrill
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If you’re at all like me, you probably get a craving for a little something in the late afternoon, just a treat to see you through to the end of the day — and to dinner of course! I usually try to restrain myself to a cup of tea, but oh that tea tastes so

Dill Pickles

by Jessica Merrill
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I judge brunch spots as much by the bloody mary as the magic in the kitchen. And I recently found a five-star version (hot, spicy and packed with enough horseradish to clog the straw) at Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn. The garnish — a tangy house made pickle spear — was sassy enough to match the

Miso-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

by Jessica Merrill

Lately, I’ve had a hankering for sweet potatoes — and not prepared the way you might expect, dredged in olive oil and brown sugar and roasted until crispy or mashed with butter and maple syrup. No, instead, I’ve been thinking about sweet potatoes in miso sauce. It’s a dish I used to eat at the

Autumn Cauliflower Gratin

by Jessica Merrill

Have you noticed the weather suddenly turning brisk? And in the evenings, the darkness descending earlier and earlier? There’s no denying that autumn has arrived — even for those of us who are lazy about packing away our flip flops. Just as quickly as the weather changed so has my appetite. Suddenly, I’m craving foods

Bourbon Peach Punch

by Jessica Merrill

I was at a wedding not that long ago when the groom came up to me and said, “I thought of you while I was at the wine store — and I bought an extra case.” Now I’ve never been known to drink an entire case of wine in one night (that I can recall),

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