Desserts! Trifles on the Fly

Who wants to go home for coffee and dessert? That’s a typical question when out with friends right? Desserts at home can be as tasty as many restaurants and in a more relaxing environment people can settle in quietly and talk. However, you want to be sure to have the ingredients for desserts readily available so you don’t feel annoyed at your partner for asking … Continue reading Desserts! Trifles on the Fly

Famous Holiday Drinks

Oh how I love “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and all of the other amazing albeit; old actors. If you think you are too young to sit through some ancient movie, think again and check it out. You will be happy you did. Although the angels at the very beginning of the movie look more like amoebas than heavenly beings, … Continue reading Famous Holiday Drinks

Desserts of the New York Times

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 fan of figs, figgy pudding, or any other fig combinations, … Continue reading Desserts of the New York Times

Dessert for Dinner

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 colorful and lavish. I enjoy finger cookies layered with raspberry … Continue reading Dessert for Dinner

Choux the Elegant Pastry Dough

“What’s the problem with Choux?” asked my friend Todd. “It’s not filling enough to avert my temptation for more. Put a cream puff or éclair in front of me, and it is not long for this world. But I love the stuff, and always will.” said I. Choux, a light pastry dough had it’s inception during the 15th century and was fully developed by the … Continue reading Choux the Elegant Pastry Dough

Dessert? The Last Minute Bundt

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, she was worse and with a fever. I ran and … Continue reading Dessert? The Last Minute Bundt

Sweet and Simple

Some of the best things in life are free and many of the best things are the simplest. Take these examples: Meringue for instance is a lovely delicate stand alone dessert or dessert addition and it takes minimal effort to produce. I love this recipe for authentic French Meringue at http://www.allrecipes.com – magnifique! How about adding a layer of whipped cream to the bottom of a … Continue reading Sweet and Simple