i heart chickpeas!

chickpea apricot cake

September 27th, 2013

I am very excited about my participation in “Cans Get You Cooking” – a campaign sponsored by Canned Manufacturers Institute, in an effort to promote the benefits of cooking with canned foods. My post is entitled “1 Can, 7 Meals” – and I was tasked with coming up with 7 dishes using one canned food. And […]


shortcuts: easy chocolate cake

chocolate cake

July 8th, 2013

In the last few months I’ve needed to bake a cake for the following: A “welcome the baby” luncheon. A friend recovering from surgery. A friend who had a baby. A friend who had two babies. Our school principal’s retirement lunch. Our high school graduation reception. A college graduation party. A Father’s Day barbeque. And […]


d.i.y.: kouign amann

kouign amann

June 28th, 2013

I know – you’re all like, wha???? Let me explain…… Do you ever “discover” something you’ve never seen before, and then it seems like you see it everywhere? All the time? This is like that – except it’s the exact opposite. Bear with me……. Remember when I participated in the NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale? […]


milk bar birthday layer cake (aka, my longest post, ever)

birthday layer cake

June 21st, 2013

Update: I took some more pictures of the cake-assembly process recently – which I hope you’ll find helpful! You ask. I deliver. When I first posted this cake last year (for Chelsea’s 21st birthday), I was reluctant to include the recipe. It is sooooo lengthy, with sooooo many steps (as well as four – yes, […]


she’s a rainbow

birthday layer cake, milk bar

June 4th, 2012

If boxed cake mix and canned frosting had a love child, her name would be Chelsea. Oh, and she would have a sister – Christina Tosi, the brilliant pastry chef of Momofuku Milk Bar. And their favorite flavor would be………. Funfetti. Yes, this child of mine, while appreciating all fine baked goods (both mine and others), […]


celebrate, good times

celebrate, good times

May 2nd, 2012

Last weekend was one for celebrations. On Friday afternoon Mike came home from an almost 2-week business trip (yay!!!). Noah really missed him, and would every so often stop what he was doing to look up at him and just smile and stare,  as if to say, “You’re really back!”. So cute. On Saturday I attended […]


national coffee cake day – really.

cranberry vanilla coffee cake

April 7th, 2012

Wow, people – busy, busy weekend! Passover started last night (for desserts read here, here and here). Easter is tomorrow. Aaaand, did you know that today is National Coffee Cake Day? I really should have known this, having just barely missed National Blueberry Popover Day last month. I even shared with you the link that […]