favor-“ette”: stepped up

favor-"ette": stepped up

January 7th, 2014

Am I the only one having a pity party this week? It happens every year, right after the kids go back to school. Holidays officially over, ornaments and decorations packed away – I feel unspeakably blue. I love having the kids around, with no schedule, flexible bed and meal times and lots of fun outings. […]


pecan pie, baking a difference, and a giveaway

mini pecan pie cups

November 21st, 2013

I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you all today. As you know, I’ve been involved for quite some time with the wonderful organization No Kid Hungry, through my participation in the NYC  Bake Sale (you can read earlier posts of mine here and here). This year Fleischmann’s Yeast, Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Baking […]


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 […]


101: new york style cheesecake (with a twist)

raspberry mini cheesecak

July 2nd, 2013

Or should I say, a swirl? Like brownies, cheesecake is one of “those” recipes that evokes passionate responses over which is best. Do you like yours light and fluffy? Mile high and dense? Or studded with candy/chocolate chips/nuts? For me, it’s traditional – all the way. The cheesecake layer should be solid, but not dry. […]


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? […]


put the lime in the coconut…

put the lime in the coconut...

March 28th, 2013

…and make macaroons of course! For those of us celebrating Passover, a can of these in the house is as ubiquitous as a box of matzoh or a jar of horseradish. I’m not much of a fan though – they’re too sweet and sticky, even for me. But these. These lovely macaroons are the complete opposite […]


you say macaroons…

you say macaroons...

March 21st, 2013

Passover’s approaching, and I’m on my annual hunt for a few yummy, flourless desserts. And I decided that this year it was finally time to tackle the one. The one I’ve been avoiding for too long now. The one I even TOOK A CLASS FOR. And had yet to make. Yes, it was time. I […]


with love

with love

March 18th, 2013

So I have this friend – R. And I love him so, so much. R lost his mom last week, after a long and unpleasant battle with a chronic illness. I’ve been talking to R a lot over the past few weeks, as things seemed to be escalating, and the prognosis was not good.  Hearing […]


favor-“ette”: sweet “potatoes”

favor-"ette": sweet "potatoes"

March 13th, 2013

Well I know the month is only half over but I’m going to say that these are officially my favorite “favor-ette” of March! I mean, just look at them! I saw these in Martha Stewart last year and filed them away for this St. Patrick’s Day. I was convinced, however, that they would never make […]


sugar (and guilt) free: double chocolate brownies

sugar (and guilt) free: double chocolate brownies

February 28th, 2013

You’re welcome. In doing my research on sugar alternatives, I had my eyes opened wide about the differences in processed vs. “natural” sugar. That there is virtually no difference at all, and you are often being completely misled when you buy products labeled with the ingredient “cane juice”. If you are interested, here’s a great […]