Tag: desserts


Gingerbread Cookies

I made dough for both Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Men, but this year, we only got around to making the gingerbread. It’s a winner of a recipe, super easy and just enough spices to make it interesting, not dense. Roll […]


Sheet Pan Birthday Cake

For this Sheet Pan Birthday Cake, I combined two recipes: one, Ina Garten’s Birthday Sheet Cake Recipe on foodtv.com, and the other, a frosting, from Magnolia Bakery. Then I added just the right amount of food coloring to make it purple, and decorated […]


Peach Cobbler for the Gods

Does anybody remember the Pepperridge Farm Cookies called Bordeaux? They were thin, buttery and burnt-sugar tasting: my downfall in every way. The unusual topping for this peach cobbler, created by sprinkling sugar over the batter then drizzling it with hot […]


Dominique Ansel’s Banana Bread

I’ve really been enjoying Tasting Table lately. Lots of great recipes! Here’s one I stumbled upon one morning — and I happened to have four brown bananas about to rot in my kitchen. Samantha and I whipped this up, and were […]


Grapefruit Buttermilk Cake

Grapefruit buttermilk cake is one of those desserts you never know you need until you make it. Even the flavors: they seem like they won’t work together, but instead, they are wonderful. From Wintersweet, by Tammy Donroe Innman, a charming book […]


Grapefruit Bars

We all know about lemon bars, but have you ever seen grapefruit bars? Tammy Donroe Innman has a terrific recipe for them in her book, Wintersweet. She makes a shortbread crust and adds rosemary (I added thyme instead) and fills […]


Christmas Cookies

I have found a sugar cookie I can really get behind. Not just an excuse to have pretty red and green colors but actually a tasty cookie you’d want to eat on its own. I found this wonderful recipe on Food52. […]


Chocolate-Coconut Pecan Tart

A terrific recipe from Melissa Clark and the Cooking web site of the New York Times. It may become a Thanksgiving tradition in our household. PrintChocolate-Coconut Pecan Tart Ingredients1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature 60 grams confectioner’s sugar […]


Watermelon Ice Pops Recipe

Sam has been begging for ice pops lately, but I’m not so keen on giving her frozen sugar on a stick. So we came up with this watermelon ice pops recipe, and then enjoyed some good-for-you ice pops after a summer […]


Blueberry Cake

Once again, Dorie Greenspan is a genius. This simple, plain blueberry cake is easy and delicious. Dorie considers it good for breakfast, lunch or brunch, but tell you what: it’s nice with a bit of ice cream on top after […]


Peanut Butter Blondies

A snowy Saturday at the farm, so Samantha and I take to the kitchen. On the agenda, peanut butter blondies, from a sweet new cookbook called Wintersweet that focuses on the flavors of winter. Normally I just give Sam a […]


Pineapple Bake Recipe

We started talking at work about what we make for Easter supper, and three people on the staff said they always make this Pineapple Bake recipe from the Silver Palate cookbook. It’s especially delicious with ham! Megan, our new food […]


Coconut Tea Cake

Baking with Sam! I like making little sweets for Samantha. I don’t mind that she has a little sugar now and then, especially if it’s something I’ve made at home and I know exactly what went into it. This coconut […]

French Yogurt Cake

French Yogurt Cake

“Bringing Up Bebe,” a book about French childrearing by an American living abroad, has its controversies. Is Pamela Druckerman, the author, making sweeping statements about a culture she barely understands? Or is she a keen observer of a phenomenon that […]

Swedish Visiting Cake

Swedish Visiting Cake

Dorie Greenspan’s Baking book is a real treasure. Take this little gem, for instance, which gets its name from her friend Ingela’s mother, who used to “claim that you could start making it when you saw guests coming up the […]


Recipe: Rote Grütze

A currant pudding, the recipe for which I found in this month’s issue of Martha Stewart Living. How fortuitous, considering we just harvested exactly six cups of currants!  As you can probably tell from the name, it’s a German dish. […]


Recipe: Candied Grapefruit Peel

What a sweet winter treat. With all the Red Cooper grapefruit we’ve been eating — and drinking — I took a cue from Irene and candied some of the peel. What a way to make the citrus season last even […]


Recipe: Honey-Spiced Madeleines

I’m a huge fan of Dorie Greenspan’s recipes. So when I came across one that sounded just perfect for this Christmas — do-ahead but still festive — I jumped. Her Honey-Spiced Madeleines, found in Around My French Table, also have […]


Lunch at Lanie Lou’s in Blauvelt

You’d never expect to find great food in a strip mall near the railroad tracks in Blauvelt. But there you have it. At Lanie Lou’s, they roast their own turkey, bake their own bread and make desserts from scratch. And […]


Recipe: Plum and Walnut Tart

SCF fans might say, “What? Another plum tart recipe? The one from Ina Garten isn’t good enough?” Well, indeed it is. But like any curious cook, sometime we like to see what else is out there. Some people might call […]

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Lemon Tart with a Layer of Chocolate

This fancy lemon tart with a surprise layer of chocolate hiding beneath its sheen has become somewhat of a tradition at Easter dinner. It’s just so darn festive, isn’t it? The original recipe, from Suzanne Goin’s Sunday Suppers at Lucques, […]