As a born and bred New Yorker (Queens), I’ve eaten (and baked) a few babkas in my life. They were all reasonably good, some definitely better than others. But really, what’s  not to like about the humble babka? I’m talking chocolate babka here. Is there any other? Basically, a sweet brioche-like pastry filled with chocolate (dark … Continue Reading

Florentine lace cookies are wafer-thin, toffee-like, buttery treats. They’re unique looking , by no means your average, run-of-the-mill cookie. As they bake, they spread out and form a delicate lace pattern, hence their name. And, I’ll let you in on a little secret, these cookies are easy to make. The batter comes together in minutes; … Continue Reading

Even though it’s been hovering around 80 degrees in Philadelphia the past couple of days (in mid-October), can we pretend for just a moment that it’s a brisk fall/wintry day. Let’s set the mood — brrr it’s cold, perhaps a flurry or two, and you’re sitting in front of the fireplace (if you have one, … Continue Reading

If you’ve been on my blog, first let me say thank you so much for visiting and, second, you’ll notice that I don’t do a lot of sweets.  Sweets are not my thing.  And, you should always do your thing, not what’s cool, trendy, or popular just to appease others. If I had to choose … Continue Reading

 Oh mole, you had me at chiles and chocolate. Simple and mole are two words that don’t go hand in hand.  On the contrary, mole is a classic and complex Mexican sauce that may include chiles, seeds, nuts, spices, fruit, bread/tortillas, herbs, chocolate, etc. When I lived in Chicago, there were several [small neighborhood] Mexican restaurants … Continue Reading