Kevin’s Lemon and Rose Cake

January 22, 2015
123Today, because it's bitterly cold here, and also because my driveway has turned into a skating rink, I thought I should make something bright and sunny to eat. And what could be cheerier than a rose-scented lemon cake? Read more »

Fabulous Almond Butter Cookies (GF)

December 20, 2014
IMG_3134 - CopyI made these cookies the other day, and thought they were fabulous in every way: tender-crisp, beautifully-perfumed, and subtly-sweet. They are also gluten-free, and a cinch to make! Read more »

Lemon and Rose Madeleines

December 10, 2014
IMG_2675Apparently I'm on a French dessert kick. Last week, I deep-fried a batch of lovely Merveilles. And yesterday, I made a dozen Madeleines. Who wants to taste these adorable shell-shaped cakes? Read more »

Merveilles for Christmas

December 1, 2014
IMG_2482My grandmother, Nova Metzger Jacobs, routinely made these cookies at Christmas-time, and I, as a child, routinely ate too many of them. They are called Merveilles (French for "miracle"), and they are insanely-delicious. Watch me make these crisply-puffed, orange-zest-scented, confectioners'-sugar-dusted delights: Read more »

Chocolate Castle Cake

November 17, 2014
IMG_1588What inspired this chocolate whimsy? A recent trip to a kitchen supply store. There, all kinds of culinary gadgets begged to be rescued from their retail store oblivion. And among them was a castle-shaped Bundt pan. Here's the recipe, which you can use for any 10-cup capacity Bundt pan: Read more »

Fragrant Earl Grey Cookies

October 30, 2014
IMG_0675Yesterday, if only for the sake of experiment, I ground up some citrus-y Earl Grey tea leaves in the food processor. Then I added the leaves and a splash of rose water to a standard butter-cookie dough. The result of this crazy adventure? Pure heaven! Read more »

Cranberry Crackle Tart

October 7, 2014
IMG_9296I love the components of this unusual French tart. I love the cloud of sweet meringue that caresses my lips. I love the ruby cranberries that burst beneath my teeth. I love the tender crunch of the pastry base. Ready for a new taste-sensation? Let's make this Cranberry Crackle Tart! Read more »