viennese cake

Viennese Cake

  I love beauty. To me, beauty isn’t commercial – the high price-tag definition of beauty thrust upon us by Madison Avenue. It’s not the latest fad or trend dictated to us…

chocolate baked pudding

Brown Sugar and Chocolate Baked Pudding

The trees are shedding their leaves, the temperature is falling and it’s getting dark early. There’s something about the decrease in day light hours that makes me want to curl up with…

cocoa cupcakes

Dark Cocoa Cupcakes with Lavender Whipped Cream

  Lately, I’ve been a bit fixated on memories of Paris. Maybe it’s the rainy weather or the fact that I’ve been unable to shake this unending flu. Sometimes when I don’t…

chocolate chip

Secret Obsession: Chocolate Chip Butter Pecan Cookies & Milk

I have a secret. I’m obsessed with chocolate. On any given day there can be upwards of 30 pounds of chocolate in our house. That doesn’t include powdered chocolate, chocolate chips or…

apple pie

Saving Apple Pie

  “In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” ~ Isaac Asimov Is there anything more quintessentially autumn in New England than pulling the first…

classic macarons

Macarons: A Love Story in Three Parts

  Part I. As I squeezed my way through the crowds at Formaggio Kitchen a man thrust out his hand and asked “Would you like to try a macaron?” “What is it?”…

  • I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast anytime.” So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance. Steven Wright