Sweets | Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse Parfaits

When I was growing up, my mother cooked almost every night. Going out was reserved for special occasions and the rare evenings when she was too exhausted to think about putting food on the table. On those nights when we sensed a crack in her resolve, my sister and I would lobby for KFC, where…

Celebrate | Coconut & Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Dessert heaven. Tender vanilla cake mingles with sweet tart lemon curd and an irresistible cream cheese frosting to become the ultimate indulge-worthy dessert. You will have frosting left over and this is a very good thing – refrigerate and use sandwiched between graham crackers or wafer cookies, or dollop onto raspberry laced weekend pancakes.

Toasted Coconut Panna Cotta with Fresh Strawberries

Last autumn, a truly fantastic group of women welcomed me into their monthly lunchtime gatherings. It’s a relaxed affair with great food, great conversation, and a generous helping of laughter, and a few days ago I had the pleasure of hosting for the first time.

Summer Sweet | Peach Cobbler

A fragrant, perfectly ripe peach is one of late summer’s great gifts. For maximum enjoyment, devour directly over the sink, allowing its sweet, sticky juices to run through your fingers. A slightly more dignified (and equally delicious) approach would be to tuck eight or so into a warm, pillowy cobbler and top with vanilla ice…

Summer Sweet | Blackberry Brown Sugar Crumble Bars

The first time I tested this recipe, I tried using only fresh blackberries and they were good yet frustratingly a bit too sour. Terrific with ice cream, of course, but not perfect on their own. Enter blackberry jam. The combination of fresh, tart berries with sweet jam nestled into the buttery dough allowed the bars…

Sweets | Pear Lillet Compote (+ three cocktails)

Have you tried Lillet Blanc, the French wine-based apertif? It is a main component of the Vesper Martini (3 ounces gin, 1 ounce vodka, 1/2 ounce Lillet with a twist of lemon) made famous in 1953’s Casino Royale where it was shaken, not stirred, of course. Less boozy, my go-to spring cocktail is well-chilled Lillet…

Sweet Treat | Strawberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Hearts

When the ice cream man rolled through our childhood neighborhood sending us scrambling for money, the only thing I’d give up my hard earned allowance for was a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar. I created these Strawberry Vanilla Rice Krispie Treats in homage to the childhood favorite just in time for Valentine’s Day….