An Inspired Cobb Salad

The inspiration for this salad runs a few degrees deep. It all started with the California Brunch Special crepe from Crepes-a-Go-Go. This is my Chief Culinary Consultant’s favorite savory crepe to order; it has...

Greek Celebration Bread – Christopsomos

This recipe is a variation on the Greek Celebration Bread (Artos).  I was immediately drawn to the Christopsomos because it appeared to be, in essence, the bread form of the Cucidati cookies I made...

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies

At some point I missed the memo on blondies. When did they become popular? They popped up on my radar sometime last year, and even then, I didn’t feel the urge to scurry off...

Traditional Hummus

I don’t remember the first time that I tried hummus, but I know that I certainly love it. It’s healthy, relatively low-fat, and can be served with a variety of accompaniments: vegetables, bagel chips,...

Anadama Bread

This bread is a wonderful loaf bread full of complex flavors and a hearty texture. Although it appears as though it may be a wheat bread, don’t be fooled! The dark coloring is a...

Coffee-and-Espresso Layered Cheesecake

Last week was my sister’s birthday, and she spent it living it up out in Chicago, so this was a somewhat belated celebration. Last year for her birthday she asked me to make a...

Three Cheese Beer Bread

As soon as I saw this bread, I was completely and hopelessly in love. There was no turning back. I couldn’t get it out of my head and plotted the soonest possible moment I...

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s exactly how these brownies were born. I NEEDED dessert. What I didn’t want was to go to the grocery store. And so...

Pigu (Italian Gougeres)

It wasn’t until I broke one of these open for the purpose of my photographs that I realized what the perfect description for them is: Italian Gougères. Well, maybe a cross between an Italian...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

Many of you know that until recently I suffered from a number of food allergies, one of which was peanuts. As a result, the most tempting dessert featured in Dorie Greenspan‘s utterly superb Baking:...