I discovered this recipe for coconut pie way back when I lived in Chicago. One of my very first cookbooks was Rick Bayless’ Mexican Kitchen, circa 1996. It’s practically falling apart from use, exactly what should happen to a good cookbook. Some of my favorite recipes from Rick (we’re on first name basis after all these … Continue Reading

I’m not a big dessert person and don’t necessarily love baking (unless we’re talking bread, now that’s my ‘bread and butter’). Sweets are simply not something I crave. Give me a square (or two) of dark chocolate (75% or higher cacao content, please) and I’m a very happy girl. That’s all I need. The thing that I … Continue Reading

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