Drinking Coffee with Fond Memories

I remember as a kid that it was very important to bring coffee cake when invited to dinner and anything else that the hostess requested. The coffee cake my family brought did not have coffee in it and I questioned why it was not called “Cake for Coffee” or something of that nature and my…

The American World of Desserts

I was recently looking for desserts to serve at our annual rock-n-roll-athon. This is a big get together where friends bring a song list with three of their favorite songs from a pre-chosen era and each list gets played. The penalty for bringing commercial top 40 songs is cleaning  up afterwards. This makes the music…

Old Movies and Italian Cuisine

It’s the end of a very busy week. My co-workers and I try to make a point of going out to eat and leaving work at work. Tonight, while in decompression mode the conversation fell on the topic of old movies. Humphrey Bogart in ‘African Queen’, ‘To Have and Have Not’ and of course ‘Casablanca’….

The Desserts Are Coming!

I watched my first Holiday Season commercial and was offered my first piece of holiday cake. Then I smelled it, the flavored coffee and now I am off and running. It’s not like I lost weight in anticipation of the holidays this year, so I’m trying hard not to think about it but it’s there,…

Desserts Made With Cheese

When I was young my parents would take me to the St. Gennaro Feast on Manhattan’s lower east side. I remember visiting one of the outdoor cafe’s with customers buzzing around after too many espressos with Sambuca, eating authentic ‘Italiano’ cheesecake. I recall tasting a bite of their cheesecake and finding it heavier than I…