A year ago, I asked for a madeleine pan for Christmas.
When I asked for it, I knew it was an unnecessary specialty kitchen item that I would probably use about twice before burying it in the cabinet. I wanted one anyway, because the adorable pictures of madeleines that were popping up in my social media were filling my head with thoughts of what my life could be like with a madeleine pan. I could make matcha madeleines! Chocolate madeleines! Pink strawberry madeleines dipped in white chocolate! You get the thought process. Continue reading “Gingerbread Madeleines”→
I like having a simple loaf of something sweet and homemade around, not only because it makes snacks and breakfast so much more special, but also because it gives me an occasion to invite someone over for a slice and some tea. Continue reading “Thomas Keller’s Grapefruit Cake”→
If “America runs on Dunkin”, Italy runs on tea cookies. A common breakfast is a few plain, crunchy cookies with a shot of espresso or maybe a cup of tea. In my house, the breakfast cookie of choice is the “S” cookie you can find just about anywhere now, even in CVS. Given you know it’s time to change when your “Italian” breakfast cookie is available in CVS, I decided to make some real Italian breakfast cookies for my mom, sans yellow dyes 5 and 6. Continue reading “Crumiri di Casale”→
It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, and that’s mostly because my kitchen here in Frankfurt is missing some crucial appliances for effective cooking. Colander, kitchen scale (or any sort of measuring equipment), cake pan, pie pan… ok so the last two aren’t essential but I still need them! Continue reading “Yogurt and Citrus Charlotte”→
The first time I had the pear-chocolate combo in cake form was this summer in Pisa, when I had a supermarket version of it at a birthday party. Being a supermarket cake, it wasn’t anything mind-blowing. Actually, the cake was dry, the chocolate flavor was muted, and all I wanted to do was eat all the pears out of it and leave the sad cake scaffolding for the others. Since that’s not socially acceptable behavior, I resisted the urge. Continue reading “Torta Pere e Cioccolato”→