Ginger Ice Cream Might Change Your Life

July 28th, 2009  |  44 Comments

Apparently, living under a communist regime makes people do strange things. Take my mother, for example. Having grown up in the former USSR, she employed some KGB tactics and decided to deceive me. Yes, me, her angelic daughter, who clung to her shin for protection. What is it she did that borders on child abuse, […]


Apricots, Tamed

July 25th, 2009  |  17 Comments

Roasted apricot tarts made better with a scoop of ginger ice cream. Oh, apricots. How you mock me. On Saturday, as I ambled along the perimeter of the farmer’s market nearby, I spotted these. They sang their siren song. I had to have them. And then I got them home and my world fell apart. […]


Lemon Mousse in 60 Seconds

July 21st, 2009  |  54 Comments

Ok, ok. You have to have lemon curd on hand first. Ugh, lemon curd. Sounds like something you churn up in a barn. But despite its rather unpleasant sounding name, it is one of the most valuable recipes to have in your repertoire. Not only does it taste incredible, like a lemon exploded in not […]


Creme Caramel, So Saucy

July 17th, 2009  |  23 Comments

When I was an impressionable young teenager, I spent many a lazy summer afternoon splayed out on the outdoor deck, flipping through my parents’ food magazine subscriptions. Sooner or later, hunger would win out, and I’d get up off my ass long enough to attempt one of the recipes. Like a typical ungrateful youth, I […]


Cupcakes for the People, Part 2

July 13th, 2009  |  26 Comments

Until you’ve seen your first Red Velvet Cake, odds are you’ve never seen a red cake before. “What’s up with that red cake?” you may ask yourself. “Why, OH WHY, is that cake so red?” You stare at it for a few beats, like a coin some trickster pulled from behind your ear, hoping the […]