Coffee or Tea? Cannoli, that is.

November 27th, 2009  |  21 Comments

Cannoli, I barely knew ya. Who could blame me? Cannoli haven’t exactly moved gracefully through the years. They’re considered a relic, gone the way of the Italian-American joints with the red-checkered table cloths and sloppy bowls of spaghetti. Into a hibernation, if not a flat-out extintion. Do you know anyone who’s made connoli in the […]


Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

November 25th, 2009  |  13 Comments

After the mountain of a post from last week, I had just enough pep to knock out an easy one. Biscotti are one of the first things I’ve ever learned to make — a beginner’s recipe, to be sure. Essentially, you stir it all up, form dubious looking logs, and bake. You can make it […]


Quadruple Chocolate Cake

November 19th, 2009  |  84 Comments

If you promise them chocolate cake, you better make sure they get it. Or there will be bedlam. I learned first hand. We ran out during one busy dinner service and there was so much uproar, the kitchen transformed into an urban Lord of the Flies. These cakes were more than just popular. People traveled […]


A Weighty Issue

November 11th, 2009  |  10 Comments

How did your last batch turn out? Would Martha give a cool nod of approval or would she wince in agony at the sorry sight? We all know one of the biggest factors in successful baking is the ratio of ingredients. Having to measure our goods is what separates the men (bakers) from the boys […]


A Bit o’ Brittle

November 5th, 2009  |  20 Comments

Unbeknownst to me, I’ve been on a caramel magic carpet ride. I didn’t even realize this was the case until I saw Julia’s beautiful round-up of caramel desserts. For one thing, she had the brilliant idea to theme it up for the month of October by working with only caramel in all its glorious splendor. […]