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

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 waitress thought us a little strange as we passed … Continue reading Old Movies and Italian Cuisine

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

Shedding Holiday Pounds

I come from an Italian family so I am used to resisting temptation. Italians only care that you eat. Weight gain and dieting is irrelevant when a fabulous meal has been placed on the table. It is by far the most important family activity. I have had some of my most interesting moments around the dinner table. My family, like most Italian families is oh … Continue reading Shedding Holiday Pounds

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

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