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

  Am an equal opportunity eater.  While I don’t subscribe to any particular diet, I like to incorporate elements of each (be it raw, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian, or full-blown carnivorous eating) into my cooking repertoire. Am intrigued by raw desserts, which blend all sorts of wholesome ingredients — nuts, seeds, dates, pure maple syrup, … Continue Reading