favor-“ette”: a quick cake tip

honey cake with sugar coating

September 30th, 2014

Wow – so many of you made this honey cake last week – which makes me very happy! Even better? A bunch of you wrote and asked about the sugar-y looking coating around the top and sides. Which reminded me of a tip I’ve been using ever since I saw it in Cook’s Illustrated a [...]


101: mexican street corn (and a giveaway!)

mexican street corn

September 25th, 2014

Disclosure: I was compensated by Hampton Creek for the writing of this post. Hampton Creek also kindly sent me their Just Mayo collection to sample. All comments and opinions expressed here – as always – are completely my own. When the folks at Hampton Creek asked if they could send me their “Just Mayo” to review, I [...]


honey cake for the jewish new year

honey cake

September 24th, 2014

I have always made some version of the same cake for the Jewish New Year (you can actually see a recent version of it here). It’s easy, can be made in advance and is always a crowd pleaser. Yet the traditional dessert that I REALLY love is a honey cake. And I don’t discriminate either. [...]


favor-“ette”: the secret to perfectly flaky biscuits (and pie dough too!)


September 23rd, 2014

I’ve been obsessing over biscuits lately (stay tuned for the best chicken-and-biscuits ever). Something about warm, flaky biscuits, slathered with butter – well, yum. The thing is, that no matter how gently and quickly I handled the dough my biscuits never came out as tender and flaky as I wanted. And then I read about [...]


cookie jar: salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies

salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies

September 18th, 2014

Fun fact #1: I LOVE white chocolate Fun fact #2: In the 3 1/2 years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve included exactly ZERO white chocolate recipes. Sure, there was this – but, really? We can do SO much better. Like this: I think, because exactly ZERO members of my family like white chocolate as [...]


pop! goes my summer: a postscript, of sorts

s'mores sundaes

September 17th, 2014

When I started this series, way back at the beginning of summer, I was convinced that I would have my share of fails. But – much to my surprise – each and every pop was truly delicious. Some more than others (hello, Oreo milkshake pops!), but each one pretty much a success. Except one. My [...]


cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs

cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs

September 16th, 2014

Summer weekends are a mad dash to get out the door and start the day – so breakfasts are typically quick and easy. But the minute the air turns crisp I inevitably seek out weekend breakfasts that are a bit more indulgent. Food that begs for lingering over the papers, and great smells coming from [...]


nyc-etc: governors island

governors island

September 15th, 2014

When I think about my very favorite places in New York, there are many differences among them – but a few important similarities. Mainly that they are all uniquely “New York”. Yes, the High Line could be re-created in any city that has an elevated train track (and it was actually inspired by one in [...]


pop! goes my summer: hot cocoa popsicles

hot cocoa popsicles

September 10th, 2014

Well, it’s here. My last “pop” post for the season. Welp. So I thought it would be fun to re-visit my very first popsicle – which also happened to be my very first post! Welp. For this version of hot cocoa popsicles I used cocoa powder instead of chopped chocolate, and added layers of mini chocolate [...]


101: juicing (without a juicer)

grapefruit carrot ginger juice

September 8th, 2014

While I never make New Year’s resolutions, there ARE times of year that evoke the need for change. Sometimes it’s just a tweak, other times it’s major. This fall I’ve taken stock of the major life shifts around me (girl moved out, boy #1 heading to college, boy #2 off to kindergarten), and am trying [...]