Edible Gifts from Your Kitchen

Edible Gifts from Your KitchenEdible Gifts Celebrate the Season

Visions of sugar plums, cookies and truffles and jars of fermented mustard and jam. It’s that time of year when if you love to cook, you celebrate the season with a bite of something homemade. Then share these edible gifts from your kitchen with friends and family. As well as with Continue reading

Apple Pear Crisp — Easier than Pie

Apple Pear Crisp — Easier than Pie Apple Pear Crisp Made in My Mom’s Vintage Baking Dish

Apples and pears baked with orange juice and zest. Top the Apple Pear Crisp with crumbly spiced walnuts, honey, butter and oats and you have one of fall’s most perfect desserts. A fruit crisp, so much easier than making a pie. Yet all the same delicious, tender bites and homey fall Continue reading

Strawberry Mango Verrine with Coconut Cream

Strawberry Mango Verrine with Coconut Cream Strawberry Mango Verrine – Poetry in a Glass

Layers of gold, red, white and green,
sweet berries, luscious mango, rich coconut cream,
all together create Strawberry Mango Verrine.
It makes you feel special, a person of class,
when you eat your dessert with a spoon in a glass. Continue reading

Chocolate Roasted Tahini Truffles – Rich, Dark, Distinctive

Chocolate Roasted Tahini Truffles – Rich, Dark, DistinctiveChocolate Roasted Tahini Truffles – Thank You, Brooks Headly

Reading pastry chef Brooks Headley’s article touched my heart. He and the other chefs at New York’s Del Posto restaurant respond with compassion and creativity to guests with food allergies. “… no judgment on our part … none of us working the line freaked out, no one cracked wise ….”  Continue reading

Pi Day is My Day, Too!

Pi Day is My Day, Too!Pi Day – A National Holiday?

On March 12, 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as the first National Pi Day.

“Pi appears to be woven into the very fabric of the Universe, popping up every time you look deeper into mathematics and physics.”    Phil Plait Continue reading

Nashi Pearls & Mandarins (Asian Pears & Tangerines)

Nashi Pearls & Mandarins (Asian Pears & Tangerines)Nashi Pearls – Luscious, Light & Lovely

What a challenge I gave myself. Coming up with a dessert for this Saturday’s Flavors of Japan cooking class wasn’t easy. Classic Japanese meals usually end on a savory rather than sweet note. Although sweets are loved in Japan, they’re more likely to be served with tea in the afternoon. Continue reading

Matcha Almond Shortbread Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Matcha Almond Shortbread Hearts for Valentine’s Day Matcha Almond Shortbread – Rich, Tender and Slightly Crumbly

It’s been about nine months. That’s how long, off and on, that I’ve worked on perfecting these dairy and gluten-free Matcha Almond Shortbread. With my Flavors of Japan cooking class in a few weeks the pressure was on. Continue reading