Chocolate Dobos Torte and the Daring Bakers

August 26th, 2009  |  61 Comments

As much as I like to think that I know everything about pastry, the truth is that I only know a small percentage. The amount of available info is bigger than all the sugar crystals in the world. As we speak, delightfully batty pastry chefs are out there, stirring up shenanigans that I couldn’t even […]


Pure Strawberry Ice Cream

August 23rd, 2009  |  23 Comments

These last couple of weeks I’ve had an inexplicably intense craving for strawberry ice cream. Yes, inexplicable. Get your mind out of the baby gutter. So I guess it’s fair to say that when I saw a recipe for strawberry ice cream in last month’s Gourmet, there was no choice in the matter. Looking over […]


The Best Humble Carrot Cake Ever

August 20th, 2009  |  78 Comments

The gods of Hades are laughing at me. As much as I am an unwavering, single-minded, all-things-food glutton, my boyfriend, Scott, is a man who wishes he could take a pill instead of having to eat. Oh, the irony of it all. And as far as desserts go, forget it. When we go out to […]


Raisin Scones To Move By

August 16th, 2009  |  25 Comments

Disclaimer: If you’re a landlord, you may want to shield your eyes from the next paragraph. Scott and I, being apartment renters, were able to squeeze some benefit out of the current economic recession. Much to our delight, apartment prices in the New York area have dropped just enough to make relocating worthwhile. I admit […]


Hazelnut Shortbread With Bite

August 12th, 2009  |  14 Comments

I’m not naming any names, but my boyfriend Scott has a way of eating that illustrates how much he doesn’t care about food. When a plate is set before him, say, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, he eats all the meatloaf first, THEN all the mashed potatoes. It’s all very mechanical. He gets the food in. […]