home improvement – ginger cherry cake

August 2, 2013
Ginger Cherry Cake

When M told me we were going to his business associate’s house in Hudson, New York for lunch last weekend, I didn’t realize I was going to meet the ultimate home owner couple. Not only did they have a beautiful house and charming property, they also executed most of the home improvement themselves.

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ready for summer – apricot almond cake

June 21, 2013
Apricot Almond Cake

Summer is officially here, so let the BBQ parities begin! Good food, great friends, and of course lots of ice tea, beer, and cocktails. Be it in the backyard in the ‘burbs or a 20 stories up on rooftop in NYC, I’‘m ready to bring desserts for these occasion–and using seasonal fruits is an excellent way to get started.

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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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warm & sunny w a chance of peaches – almond peach bars

April 13, 2012
Almond Peach Bars

Last week, I tweeted “What a beautiful day in the neighbor,” and it truly was. Upper 60s to low 70s, not a cloud in the sky and the sun showered everyone with warm golden rays. Then a day later, though the sun was still bright, Mr. Rogers left and Mr. Freeze blew in.

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the chill factor – apricot-cherry goat cheese mousse

July 29, 2011
Apricot-Cherry Goat Cheese Mousse

After a few posts that involved recipes requiring a hot oven, even stubborn me has to admit that this last heat wave in New York has extracted enough sweat out of my body. As much as I love the aroma of fresh baked goods, the extra coolness in the apartment wins out as July simmers […]

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the scent of a peach – peach n blueberry pie

July 22, 2011
Peach n Blueberry Pie

Shopping these last few weeks at the Farmer’s Market, I was serially intoxicated by the aroma of peaches from one stand after another. Especially with extra warm days, the scent of fruit encourages binge sniffing. With the snap of a plastic bag, shoppers began their hunt for the best of the bunch—nostrils pulsed with the […]

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pop goes the summer – strawberry-watermelon pops

July 8, 2011
Strawberry-Watermelon Pops

Summer weather came early to New York City. We got blasts of hot humidity to rival Miami with a few more typical days in between. All it takes is one or two days of steam and I’m off balance. You’d think that a boy who grew up in the concrete jungle of semi-tropical Hong Kong […]

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sparkling wine gelee

August 30, 2010

Fruit is among the best things that summer has to offer. Fragrant ripe peaches and nectarines, juicy blueberries, luscious raspberries, and endless varieties of plums fill the markets. There are countless recipes for summer fruits pies, tarts, jam, preserves, cakes, and ice cream. I wish I had time to try them all, but it’s always […]

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