Breakfast/afternoon tea

a cake a day – spiced apple snack cakes

October 11, 2013
Spiced Apple Snack Cakes

I’m particularly drawn to apples this autumn–the incredible heirloom apples from our favorite upstate farm stand may be the reason.  Ashmead’s Kernel, Newtown Pippin, Kid’s Orange Red, and Pink Pearl—even the names are delicious at Montgomery Place Orchard.

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chain of thought – citrus blueberry thyme cake

September 27, 2013
Citrus Blueberry Thyme Cake

My favorite season arrived, but Mama Nature threw a curve—for the first time, I got Fall allergies.

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easy pretty – nectarine-blueberry upside down cake

September 6, 2013
Nectarine-Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Attacked by a week of intense heat back in June, I resigned to merely survive the summer–and not expect to enjoy it. Back then, my energy was zapped and even the produce at the farmer’s market looked defeated. All I wanted was Fall foliage and the feel of cool crisp air.

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blogger who brunch – in the garden of the four seasons

July 23, 2013
in the garden of the four seasons

After an extremely hot week in New York (even the evenings were in the 90s), we finally got a much needed break on the heatwave; this put New Yorkers in a great mood last Sunday. By coincidence, I was invited to the landmarked Four Seasons New York for a brunch that day.

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nyc bake sale 2013

May 8, 2013
NYC Bake Sale 2013

With perfect spring weather, it felt like one of those weekends when everything could go right–especially for a charity bake sale. Lillian and I had planned NYC Bake Sale for quite some time and finally, the day came for all the details to align.

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adjustment period – brandy cherry almond cake

August 3, 2012
Brandy Cherry Almond Cake

After a fantastic couple of days of R&R in a charming bed & breakfast outside of New Hope, PA, followed by the excitement of Big Summer Potluck 3, it was quite difficult to transition back to day-to-day routines.

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some don’t like it hot – pistachio shortcakes w ginger-cherry compote

July 20, 2012
Pistachio Shortcakes w Ginger-Cherry Compote

Clop plop clop plop–that’s the sound of summer in the city, flip flops slapping the sidewalks.

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tea for two — ginger-lime coconut scones

January 27, 2012
Ginger-Lime Coconut Scones

The hardest thing about returning from a vacation is focusing on everyday life when your thoughts are on a different continent. It took almost two weeks to snap back into reality. Of course, sorting hundreds of photos I had taken during the trip didn’t help a bit with the re-entry.

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travel: high tea at four seasons

January 24, 2012
High Tea at Four Seasons

Hong Kong might once again be part of China, but there are still traces of British customs left over from colonial days. Ask locals about high tea and they will present you with a long list of places to enjoy this tradition.

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cinnamon-caramel pumpkin cake w banana-rum filling

November 11, 2011
Cinnamon-Caramel Pumpkin Cake w Creamy Banana-Rum Filling

Now that Halloween is behind us, we can enjoy pumpkins for their inner beauty and real purpose—consuming not carving.  Not everyone likes pumpkin, however. Ask a room full of people, “Who likes pumpkin pie?” and there will be a few enthusiasts longing for a taste and the majority responding as if you’ve just offered them […]

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everlasting blueberry almond coffeecake

July 15, 2011
Everlasting Blueberry Almond Coffeecake

Everybody was watching Violet Beauregarde as she stood there chewing this extraordinary gum. Little Charlie Bucket was staring at her absolutely spellbound, watching her huge rubbery lips as they pressed and unpressed with the chewing, and Grandpa Joe stood beside him, gaping at the girl. Mr. Wonka was wringing his hands and saying, “No, no, […]

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