Basil Ricotta Muffins

I’m hooked on the Great British Baking Show. If you haven’t seen it, there’s something so wonderfully British and quaint about it, but still an amazing show of skill and technique by amateur bakers. It’s almost like an anti-reality show. There is a competitive element – each week someone is dismissed and one baker will…

Macaroon Fudge Bars

Passover is great for chocolate desserts. No leavening means more chocolate! – James Kotecki Keeping Passover isn’t all that bad. Especially, as James said, when it means an increase in your weekly chocolate consumption. Since you can’t use flour or other leavening agents during Passover, desserts can range from sponge cake to macaroons to decadent…

Baking Fail: Passover Pecan Bars

For all the wonderful, well lit food photos and glowing reviews of recipes you see on this blog, and other blogs you’ve bookmarked, there are hundreds and thousands of cooking and baking fails. I’m here to share my story.   I was on a Passover baking kick. I made Mandarin Orange Kugel for the Seder….

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

“No snow,” said radio. “No show,” said television. But snowflakes don’t listen to radio, snow flakes don’t watch television. All snowflakes know is snow, snow and snow… circling and swirling, spinning and twirling, dancing, playing, there and there. – ‘Snow’ by Uri Shulevitz This excerpt is from one of Max’s favorite books. It’s also seasonally…

Cranberry Pie

Looking for a last minute holiday dessert? Look no further. This cranberry pie is like a cross between those seemingly healthy fruit oat bars (unless you consider copious amounts of butter and sugar healthy!) and pie. A densely packed, nutty, buttery crumble sits on top of a not-too-tart cranberry filling that is just delicious. Serve…

Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake

October is a great month. The weather really starts to turn towards fall. The mornings and evenings are cool, the days perfect and everyone still wants to be outside. There are two added, personal, bonuses in the month of October. The first is James’s birthday! The second is my grandmother’s birthday! James and Grandma Doe…

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Taking pictures of food can be challenging. The challenges are different than, let’s say, taking a photo of an active baby. You would think food would be easier. Food is an inanimate object. It doesn’t move. It stays still and I have complete control over what they look like. And therein lies the problem. The…

Linzer Torte

I was making this recipe and everything was going great. The shortbread base came out of the oven looking good. I spread the jam evenly and easily. Then came the lattice. I don’t know if I didn’t use enough butter (I cobbled together what I thought made up the full amount) or if I didn’t…