Lemon Pudding Cake

Shades of the 1960s!  I used to love Betty Crocker Box version of this! Ingredients 1/4 cup all-purpose flour2 teaspoons cornstarch1 1/4 cups sugar5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 tablespoons grated zest and 1/2 cup juice from 4 lemons 5 large eggs, separated 1 1/4 cups whole milk, room temperature 2 quarts boiling water Instructions […]

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Easy to make and so now there’s never a reason to buy that stuff in the bag anymore! Ingredients 7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut, toasted 1 recipe Homemade Marshmallow batter, recipe follows Confectioners’ sugar Directions Sprinkle half the toasted coconut in an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal pan. Pour in the marshmallow batter and smooth the […]

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

My mom introduced me to Trader Joe’s panna cotta that you can find in the frozen dessert section. It has a peach and blueberry sauce, and it is really super delicious. One of the downsides is that it takes a couple of hours to defrost. And the other is that it’s next to impossible to […]

Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate

I made these for bridge on Friday night. I played two tables, and then got up to get some water and a snack (as in the form of a cookie I’d made) — and the only thing left on the plate was a a couple of crumbs. I suppose you could say, “Well, these people […]

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Yes.  I fully understand that the Christmas cookie season is over.  But it’s always the season for a delicious cookie, and this is one of those.  My mom used to make an angel food cake (which I never like, Mom — sorry) with an orange glaze that she poured over the top which I absolutely […]

Black Bottom Coconut Bars

I think I first discovered I loved coconut at age 7 in Harrow. And I think the culprit was a candy bar, kind of like a Mounds bar or Almond Joy. It had a purple wrapper which was the only reason I chose the candy bar. But after one bite, I chose it for the […]

My Favorite Snackaroony: Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is, in theory, not all that exciting. It’s just sugared popcorn dusted with salt. Except there’s nothing “just” about it. The sugar melts in the hot oil and, as it cools, encases each popped kernel in a thin, glassy shell. Then comes the salt, and at that point for me, I can’t even […]

Tall, Dark and Simple Chocolate Cake

One 9-inch  cake This cake is extremely rich, and tastes like the most delicious, silkiest, most supremely-chocolate ganache you’ve ever had. As mentioned, it’s equally good a few days later, and it is virtually impossible to mess it up. You don’t need to use ScharffenBerger chocolate for this cake, but use a good one—you’ll appreciate […]

Chocolate Nut Bars

For the base: 2 1/2 cups flour 16 T. butter, cold 1/2 c. sugar 3/4 c. almonds, blanched, sliced, toasted Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9 x 13″ baking pan.  In a food processor, combine the flour and sugar.  Cut the butter into 1″ pieces and put it on top of the flour […]

Mom’s Delicious Chocolate and Pecan Toffee

Christmas just isn’t Christmas until Mom’s toffee arrives! 2 c. (1 lb.) butter 2 1/2 c. sugar 1 package (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips 2 packages (4 oz each) of milk chocolate 6-8 oz of pecans, ground Lightly butter an 11 x 15″ shallow baking pan and set aside. Combine butter and sugar in a […]