30 Mar 2022: David Lebovitz’ Dulce de Leche Brownies

Recently, I finished reading David Lebovitz’s book, The Sweet Life in Paris, which tells about his move to Paris and coming to terms with the cultural differences between his newly adopted home in Paris and San Francisco where he lived and worked. More than just a relocation, moving to Paris, or any other location really,…

18 Feb. 2022: Prosecco Chocolate Truffles

For my birthday this year, Adrien gifted me with 2 Sur La Table online cooking classes, and they’ve been terrific. Not only have we had some really wonderful meals, but I’ve learned a lot from the Chef at each demonstration and cook-along. Beside the reasonable cost ($29/class which allows for household to be online) the…

19 December 2021: Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Until this year, I don’t recall ever attempting a swirl cookie. They’re not a simple cut-out or drop, so the intimidation factor was high. This recipe from Alton Brown, however, was too delicious sounding to prevent me from giving it a try, and frankly, it was a bit of a challenge to get the dough…

06 July 2021: Joanne Chang’s Homemade Oreos (egg-free style)

Flour Bakery + Cafe Homemade Oreos – egg-free version My favorite stop for a quick(er) bite in Boston is Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery + Cafe. I think I’ve been to all of them at one time or another! And a natural follow-on for those times when I can’t get into the City (looking at YOU…

13 June 2021: Chocolate Drop Cookies

I’ve enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember, and throughout our COVID isolation, I made bread several times a week. With just two of us here, it’s hard to justify regularly baking desserts. However, watching the British Bake-off for the umpteenth time got me thinking: all those practice bakes at home had to…

20 December 2020: Union Square’s Chocolate Biscotti

Each holiday season, I choose a biscotti recipe – or two – to make for my family as a way to honor my Sicilian heritage. This year’s bake comes from New York’s Union Square Cafe and melds chocolate, espresso and white chocolate (the original calls for milk chocolate). The condo filled with the aroma of…

12 Dec. 2020: Cranberry Nut Chocolate Bark

And just like that, it’s time to start Holiday Baking again. This year, I’ve made fewer cookies, and included some other confections in my repertoire. King Arthur Baking share a couple of recipes over the last week that I am working on for family and friend homemade gifts. The contrast of cranberries, roasted pecans, and…

18 May 2018: Not a Birthday Cake

Today is Adrien’s birthday and, I will be cooking tonight’s celebratory meal. While I am a big fan of birthday cake, he is not. So we are having a very un-birthday like dessert: chocolate mousse. The absolute best chocolate mousse we have ever eaten was served at a lovely Paris restaurant in the Marais just a…