About Mary Cech

Mary Cech

Mary Cech is an award-winning pastry chef and instructor who has worked in some of the nation’s finest kitchens, including the legendary Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. She was twice heralded as one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” by Chocolatier and has also been named “Pastry Chef of the Year” by Chefs in America. She’s the author of Savory Baking and The Wine Lover’s Dessert Cookbook. @maryjeancech

A rectangular casserole dish filled with spicy tomato crumble, and a spoon resting in it.

Spicy Tomato Crumble

This spicy tomato crumble isn’t your run-of-the-mill crumble with its savory tomato filling and gently spiced crumble topping. And leftovers reheat beautifully.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A stack of five lemon, thyme, and sea-salt shortbreads on a wooden board with a dish of sea salt and a lemon beside them.

Thyme, Lemon, and Sea-Salt Shortbread

These savory shortbreads are seasoned with thyme, lemon, and a sprinkling of sea salt. Serve the shortbreads as a snack or as an hors d’oeuvre with wine.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 5