Ligurian Lemon Cake with Meringue Topping

  The overall success of this simple cake is but a tiny consolation for one low point the previous night.  It was shaping up to be a fun evening.  We were guests in our friends’ home, enjoying wine with appetizers and anticipating a delicious meal based on the aromas coming from the kitchen.  The evening’s […]

Chocolate-Raspberry (Birthday) Cake

  I will let you in on a little secret. Since waxing poetic two posts ago about the merits of growing up (euphemism for getting old?), my attitude has encroached on negative territory a few times.  I still stand behind all I said two weeks ago.  My angst about approaching this milestone day, dare I […]

On Growing Up and an Ultra-Rich Chocolate Cake

  Life has a way of working out…if you let it do its thing.  I didn’t become aware of my controlling nature until I reached my thirties (which will be history in a couple of weeks), realizing that when it comes to my life, I am very specific about how I want things to go. […]

Fresh Fig and Olive Oil Cake

  Is anyone out there as happy as I am to see fresh figs at the market?  When I spotted them during my last shopping trip, I quickly grabbed a dozen or so without a recipe in mind.  But this is the beauty of figs–they are so versatile.  They pair well with salty charcuterie as […]

Lemon Pound Cake

  Though my mom made it a point to serve us home-cooked meals while growing up, a few convenience foods ended up in her kitchen once in a while.  She was very flexible with snack items and allowed sodas and chips, the latter of which my younger sisters and I would sneak into each other’s […]

Ode to My Mother

Mom, You’re a shining example of how a mother should be. Though your humble nature would protest, I couldn’t think of a better way to thank you than to let the world see not only your outer beauty but also the ways you’re even more beautiful inside.  I don’t have your gift of poetry but I […]

Grapefruit Upside-Down Cakes with Quince Syrup

  Don’t you find it sometimes curious the seemingly ordinary things that spark inspiration in the kitchen?  I picked up a couple of jars of flavored syrup at the Asian market last week–one was quince syrup and the other, ginger syrup.  I found them in an aisle I don’t normally frequent.  They’re Japanese products marketed […]

One Year Later…

Last week a good friend celebrated a birthday.  Another friend brought a video camera along to capture the best wishes of her loved ones and friends.  Anticipating that my turn would come and knowing that I’d not know what to say, I whispered to the birthday girl that I had already written on her birthday […]