I’ve got pie on my mind these days folks but it has nothing to do with the holidays. It’s because I have discovered a new love – making pie crust from scratch.
I was store-bought pie crust’s biggest cheerleader. Secretly that was because making pie crust from scratch scared the bejesus out of me. That was, though, until making the savory crust for this galette. It could not have tasted better but part of me thought it was beginner’s luck. Then I made the same galette a few weeks later for my ladies brunch. During that same brunch my sister was so impressed that she asked me to make her an apple pie. Not knowing if luck would strike three times I said yes.
And with the help of this wonderful gadget, I can confidently say I am turning into a great pie crust maker. (And yes, I am my biggest cheerleader.) Read more
As promised, I bring you today a recipe from Daisy Martinez’s latest cookbook Daisy’s Holiday Cooking. And of course, it’s a sweet one – Hot Chocolate. It’s a short one but ohhhh is it a good one. It may seem silly for me to have picked hot chocolate when there are so many other great desserts in the book. What struck me about this one was the use of coconut milk instead of regular whole milk as the main ingredient. Read more
You all know I have tons of love for Chef Daisy Martinez and interviewing her earlier this year was a true privilege and honor. Back then I learned that on the heels of publishing her second cookbook, Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night she was already working on the manuscript for her third, Daisy’s Holiday Cooking, which was released just a couple of weeks ago.
What I love most about Daisy is the authenticity she brings to Latino cooking. Whether you come from the Caribbean, Central America, South America or Spain, Daisy manages to capture the true and varied flavors of Latino cuisine in easy to follow sassy recipes that pack an intense flavor punch.
In her new book, Daisy shares for favorite crowd pleasers that will add a dash of Latin Flair to your holiday cooking all the way from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Read more
Do you know Mary? If you don’t you should cuz she’s super cool.
She’s a librarian, lives in California and is one fantabulous baker. She also loves big bundts…as in the cakes…with the hole in the middle. Mary loves bundt cakes soooo much that for the last month she has baked one every day and celebrating each one on her blog, The Food Librarian, which if you have yet to check out you need to hurry up and do so. Today, on National Bundt Day, I am joining her with a bundt of my own to celebrate. (And yes, leave it up to food bloggers to celebrate random food holidays.) Read more
Warm, spicy, inviting, creamy, delicious – all the wonderful things rice pudding should be. And to think that rice pudding is just a little rice boiled up in milk, cream, sugar and cinnamon. No special ingredients or techniques required (although cream is always special in my eyes) and perfect for this time of year. Read more
Since becoming a blogger, I often over think making dessert for company, especially the presentation – since before a crumb goes into anyone’s mouth I often try to get the perfect shot for the blog. But here I present to you what’s left of a cake that I made for a few people I had over last night.
This was supposed to be a pretty layered cake. But by the time I got around to making it, I knew it would be too late to photograph it when it was cooled and frosted. So the lazy girl in me baked it into one layer, spread the frosting with the back of a knife, sprinkled the top with walnuts and called it a day. “Pretty” or not my guests didn’t care. With a knife in hand, they each cut into the cake square by square, ate the pieces with their hands and loved it. Read more
I’m still not quite sure what to think of this guy. I think it’s because whenever I bake anything in my beloved loaf pan, it’s normally this, this or this. In other words, whenever I bake anything in my loaf pan, the result is normally a sweet confection.
But this loaf does not have an ounce of sugar in it. What it does have is chopped chives and lots of Gruyere, which gives it a slightly oniony and mega cheesy flavor. Read more
Even though I love to cook, bake and entertain, I have tons of lazy girl tendencies. Take for instance my hair. I am the queen of the bun cuz I’d rather not deal with my crazy and unruly curls. And as far as leg shaving is concerned, all I have to say is thank goodness it’s not summer in NYC all year ’round. (sorry…that may have been a ‘lil TMI…hehe).
Bringing it back to food, the ultimate lazy girl in me comes out when trying to figure out what to prepare for weeknight dinners. After long stressful days at work, the last thing I want to do is cook when I get home. And when entertaining guests, it’s always hard to find the balance of making a memorable meal that you will be able to enjoy with them (as opposed to slaving away in the kitchen).
Enter this salmon. Read more
Light, Sweet, Chocolatey and Delicious – Should breakfast really be this good? I say, OF COURSE!!!!
Pancakes and waffles are really just an excuse to have cake batter for breakfast. And to add to that, this waffle is an excuse to have chocolate for breakfast. But what great excuses they are! Read more
It’s no secret that I love me some Ina Garten. Her new cookbook, How Easy Is That? came out this Tuesday and of course, I had it in my possession by 10am that same day.
Most of my friends and family don’t get the infatuation though. Even my husband, who kinda sorta gets it asked me the other day, “What’s the big deal?”, when I told him her new book was the number one selling cookbook on Amazon and Barnes and Noble before it’s official publish date.
And it got me thinking – What is it about the Barefoot Contessa that makes me weak in the knees? Yes, she leads a fabulous life in the fabulous Hamptons with some fabulous friends. But all that aside, this is what it boils down to: Read more