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 interesting. It provides a great opportunity to laugh at mistakes, … Continue reading The American World of Desserts

Desserts & Snacks of Coney Island

As a child I had the privilege of living a few blocks from Coney Island. Okay about twenty blocks. But when I stepped outside I could see the Wonder Wheel and the landmark Parachute Jump and I knew that some of the tastiest treats I could ever have ’til this day, were right down the street, somewhat. Coney Island located in Brooklyn, New York is … Continue reading Desserts & Snacks of Coney Island

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

It’s All Greek Food To Me

As a child I heard the expression, “It’s all Greek to me”. The phrase struck me as curious so I had to think it over. It might be because Greece is so vast. With so many islands and dialects akin to colorful history and contributions to our never changing world, it is simply hard to keep up with, and yes the language is challenging. Yet, … Continue reading It’s All Greek Food To Me

Desserts from Japan

When I was a teenager I had the pleasure of working in an authentic Japanese restaurant. The sushi chef was flown in from Japan and was working in the restaurant the first night he arrived. All of the ingredients were bought from Japanese vendors, the decor was imported from Japan and the head waitress was an experienced server schooled in traditional customs of Japanese fine … Continue reading Desserts from Japan

Celebrating Swedish History & Desserts

The Swedes are ground breakers when it comes to humanitarian posturing. They believe in gentility and peaceful resolutions on interpersonal as well as societal levels. Sweden has been successful as a monarchy since it’s inception and is still ruled today by a King and a parliamentary system. However, Sweden has had it’s share of war throughout the centuries. The country took control of the Baltic … Continue reading Celebrating Swedish History & Desserts

Tribute to Chocolate

I was recently asked why I had not written about chocolate since it is the reining champion of many of the world’s greatest desserts. I did not intend to be remiss on the subject, so this is my first official salute to chocolate, and it will probably not be the last. It’s Humble Beginnings Anthropologists claim that chocolate beverages were first created in 1900 BC … Continue reading Tribute to Chocolate

Desserts from Traditional England

One of my favorite holiday movies is the 1984 version of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott. The film shows Christmas Pudding made by Mrs. Cratchit and illustrates it’s importance to a successful holiday meal. The historic dessert like many desserts before, began as more of a main dish made with meat and contained plums as a sweetener. By the 17th century … Continue reading Desserts from Traditional England

The Caramel Apple Fiasco

We all went over to my friend’s house, she has the full baker’s kitchen, large and heavily equipped. We decided to make fun and easy recipes, caramel apples and meringue cookies. We got out the slow cooker and began heating the caramel for dipping apples and 15 minutes later measured out the egg whites for the cookies. The egg whites needed to sit for half … Continue reading The Caramel Apple Fiasco

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