xmas coffee cake

Every year our friend Stephen makes this Christmas Coffee Cake from the Silver Palate Cookbook for the holidays, and it has to be the best coffee cake I’ve had. Here’s the recipe: Adapted from Lukins and Rosso, “The Silver Palate” 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar 2 eggs, beaten 2 […]


On Sundays I try to roast vegetables for the week, and get ahead as much as possible…and this Sunday, as I was roasting some fennel, carrots, and brussel sprouts, I threw in some sliced apple. All I did was drizzle olive oil on the veg, and salt and pepper them. When the veg were done, […]


Ferran Adria is certainly at the tippy top of the best chef lineup. However, his family cookbook, The Family Meal, Home Cooking with Ferran Adria, is anything but complicated. It came out several years ago, and it’s the collection of recipes for the staff meal that they made every day at El Bulli–but beyond recipes, […]

ice cream

Our friend Chris threw his wife a birthday dinner party for six last weekend. This is not something he feels super comfortable doing. But he kept it simple, and it was perfect. Steaks on the grill, a take on a Cobb salad that he had plated before guests arrived, and dressed right before we sat […]

chocolate ghirardelli

Our friends Steve and Chad served these amazing chocolate squares at their house this weekend…and we loved them. Normally we are Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt die hard fans, but these Ghirardelli Sea Salt Squares were a fierce competitor. Check them out and tell us what you think. (Or fill us in on your […]

banana pie

I always cringe when my husband starts off the conversation with, “You know what I’ve been craving?”  Inevitably it’s something like double stuffed Oreos, strawberry Jello, or chocolate milk.  Last week he uttered those dreaded words once again as I was heading out the door to the market. “What?” I asked, bracing myself. “Banana Pudding.” he replied. […]

This is such an easy, healthy kid dessert: Peel some mangoes and cut them up into chunks (or buy them already peeled and cut up, like I do, from Trader Joe’s). Freeze the chunks and, right before you want to serve, whir them in the food processor or blender. The texture is really creamy and […]

peach paletas

My second grader, always imaginative in the kitchen, has asked to make ice pops repeatedly ever since we put the mold away last summer. A scientist through and through, he’s hoping to see if we can use club soda and make popsicles that fizz. We’ll try that soon, but for now I stuck with a […]

paletas 1

Paletas are Mexican ice pops, typically made with fresh fruit. A popular street food also sold at shops called paleterias, some pops are sweet but others include a bit of heat with the addition of chiles. I try not to include recipes here that require special equipment. However, I’ve had so much fun making my […]

ice cream spread

Our friend Liana always makes the most over-the-top meals, even on a Tuesday night. For dessert though, no matter if it’s a Sunday dinner for four, or a Friday night for 10, she just opens up the freezer and pulls out lots of pints of ice cream, and puts out spoons and small bowls. The […]

gluten free double chocolate biscotti (mf)

Biscotti and I go way back.  We met inside a rustic Italian farmhouse just outside of Pisa many years ago.  The terrible October wind was howling as only the Tuscan wind can, and I’d just finished a long, extravagant meal with new friends.  I’d arrived in Italy just two months earlier, and was young and giddy with naïveté.  So, when the […]

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