I fell in love with stuffed mushrooms as a kid. My Mom would take us to Paolo’s Restaurant in Brooklyn. I savored the stuffed mushrooms and the shrimp cocktail. Years later I began playing with different recipes and adding my own ingredients. Stuffing mushrooms eventually become “chefs’ choice”. I recommend that you have fun with … Continue reading Stuffed Mushrooms – My Italian Favorite
It's Halloween time again. The colorfully fun prelude to the holiday season that adds a little scary flare to the occasion. I have traditional Halloween movies I like to watch between dishing out candy for the kids and digging through what's left of the bags for myself. My Halloween Horror Movie List Halloween - The … Continue reading Happy Halloween 🎃
As I was sitting out front snacking on my 50% cacao dark chocolate chips, I distinctly noticed the sun setting earlier than usual. My next paid holiday is just a few weeks away and as we all know Labor Day is the official beginning of the seasonal change. I live in Florida, so it’s not … Continue reading Dinner & Dessert – Holiday Preparedness
Before cheesecakes became popular, they were served in the more obscure eatery’s. It was an atypical dessert and simply not for everyone. Sort of like Tiramisu until it became trendy. Now there are cheesecakes everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Cheesecake cupcakes, lollipops, muffins, brownies, pies, even cheesecake flavored ice cream, and the cheesy dessert trend … Continue reading Cheesecake Surprised?
In the New York Times Cook Book (Revised Edition) first published in 1961, you will find a collection of recipes that span generations. This is a recipe for Gingered Figs, originally from that book and also revised to span more generations in my family. I will be honest with you. I am not a huge … Continue reading Desserts of the New York Times
As a child I found the world of candy making as easy to comprehend as rocket science and I was confused by Willie Wonka's chocolate factory but wondered how those candy bars of his really tasted.
Today was a very busy day and left me feeling worn down. I needed a special pick-me-up so I decided to stop at Doris Italian Market on my way home. They have great meats and deli, but most of all I love their butter cookies. It seems like such a simple term for something so … Continue reading Dessert for Dinner
Last night I was asked to bring something, anything baked to the Birthday Bash for a long time friend, Oliver. Our baker extraordinaire was out with a cold. It was going to be a large crowd and there wasn't much time after the baker's certainty she was well enough to do her thing but wasn't, … Continue reading Dessert? The Last Minute Bundt
My mother was a natural born baker. She could improve any recipe put in front of her. This may be why I am not so motivated to bake but I am to eat. I would watch her for hours as a small child and wait patiently for what would arise out of the oven (so … Continue reading Traditional Breads – Food for Thought