lost ingredient – café au lait cake

June 25, 2015
Café au lait Cake

  Coffee cake, also known as Kuchen or Gugelhupf, evolved from the ancient honey cake. When coffee made it’s way to 17th century Europe, coffee cakes were invented as an accompaniment to the new beverage.

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for the love of chocolate – passion fruit truffle cake

May 17, 2013
Passion Fruit Truffle Cake

I had never tried to combine chocolate with any citrus, except for orange. The reason is I grew up with Orange Milano cookies from Pepperidge Farm–I thought orange and chocolate were the only possibility.

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cocoa fair – espresso chocolate cookies

May 10, 2013
Espresso Chocolate Cookies

When I consider what to bring to a charity bake sale, chocolate is the first flavor on the list. Folks always stop to consider chocolate treats and sometimes swoop down to take a closer look. Chocolate doesn’t have a brilliant color to attract the eye, but it does stir up passion.

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metamorphosis – german chocolate lamingtons

April 5, 2013
German Chocolate Lamingtons

Ever since I learned about Lamington, a cake that originates from Australia, I’ve been eager to explore it. In its original form, this popular creation named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland, consisted of individual squares of sponge cake, dipped in chocolate, and coated with shredded coconut.  I love its pure architectural form—a cube of […]

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sweet embrace – chocolate-dulce sandwich cookies

February 8, 2013
Chocolate-Dulce Sandwich Cookies

Are you a hugger or a kisser? How do you greet your friends and family? A hug, kiss, or both? For acquaintances, do you kiss one check or both.

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espresso your love – coffee mousse and geleé

February 10, 2012
Coffee Mousse and Geleé

Cupid’s day is soon upon us, and the city again is drowning in reds, pinks, ribbons, hearts, sprinkles, sparkles—and saccharine sentiment overload.

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i’ve written a letter to daddy — espresso sables

June 17, 2011
Espresso Sables

Dear Dad: Though I have you in my heart, I miss you. My favorite moments were the half-hour we’d spend daily before our family dinner at 7:30 every evening. Like clockwork, I’d come into the family room and find you sitting in the Dad’s chair. I’d yell out a cheery hello and just as I […]

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here’s the buzz — guest post for my man’s belly

May 30, 2011
Chocolate Coffee Cake w Espresso Buttercream

I had the opportunity to meet Pamela, from My Man’s Belly, when she visited New York last year and to no surprise, she is just as warm, friendly and witty in person as she is on her blog. Besides Pamela’s delicious recipes and ‘get me in trouble’ cocktails; I look forward to each of her new post on […]

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the dark side

May 13, 2010
Chocolate Macaron w Bittersweet Mocha Ganaché

I don’t recall having a favorite children’s book or reading that much for pleasure outside of school work. I do recall Barbar and a few standard children’s books and comic books. They didn’t seem to resolve my need to express my imagination, however.  For that, I turned to Lego. Back in those days, Lego was composed […]

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