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Thanksgiving + Nutella bread pudding with dates

Thanksgiving + Nutella bread pudding with dates

November 27, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts family holidays recipes

We aren’t one of those Nutella worshippers who make sure that a jar of the stuff is around the house at all times in case of a chocolate or dessert craving emergency, yet this is what Mark brought home from the grocery store Thanksgiving eve to make bread pudding with. Can’t even remember the last time we bought a jar of Nutella – must have been before the girls’ time which make it at least 7 years ago if not more. But yes, it was good and there was barely any leftover dessert. The pumpkin pie – one of the 90 that Mark baked Wednesday for the restaurant – didn’t fare too well with its journey from Central Park to… CONTINUE READING

Gifted Mag, Gifted Market

Gifted Mag, Gifted Market

November 4, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts the biz

When Ez of Creature Comforts asked us waaaay back this summer if we’d contribute to her online holiday magazine, we said sure. We got back from Seattle, baked some cookies and took some pictures. What we didn’t know was that Ez had this super brilliant idea and was hard at work coming up with the most incredible online magazine! You all need to click on this link RIGHT NOW and feast your eyes on this work of beauty. It rivals any commercial magazine holiday issue out there and it blows me away every time I look at it because Ez is only 1 person. Chock full of holiday ideas, articles, crafts, interviews, a comprehensive gift guide and more more more… CONTINUE READING

nectarine and blueberry cobbler

nectarine and blueberry cobbler

July 21, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

Summer fruits are finally in full season now and that opens up so many dessert options.  But still, what to make?  I love pie, but don’t actually enjoy making it all the time.  And I also love a fruit crisp with a nice streusel topping, but I prefer that in the fall.  Shortcakes can be good, but too often the biscuit is too clunky and heavy.  What about a cobbler?  You know, that often neglected dessert that bring to mind the unrecognizable mush in one corner of a TV dinner?  I’ll be honest, I have never made one before precisely for that reason.  But when you think about what it is – a fruit mixture topped with biscuit dough –… CONTINUE READING

individual sour cherry pies

individual sour cherry pies

July 8, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

Hard to believe, but I bought my first sour cherries ever from the farmer’s market last week.  There are two main reasons I haven’t bought them before.  First, their season is very short so the chances of finding them are slim.  And second, they are very fragile and do not keep for more than a few days so you need to have time to use them if you don’t want to waste your money (and they can be expensive).  I bought these cherries without any clear plan on what to make, but decided on a pie when I got home.  I soon realized I didn’t have nearly enough for a full size pie, so I made a few mini-pies in… CONTINUE READING

if we had a shop, we would serve this

if we had a shop, we would serve this

June 23, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts the biz

apricot, pineapple buttermilk, grapefruit ginger, lemon olive oil, blueberry yogurt, sorrel, mango basil. These are all sorbets that Mark made recently. We tried 4 of them (really, really curious about the sorrel!) and yup, they were all good, especially the lemon olive oil and pineapple buttermilk. The acidic sharpness of the pineapple and tart lemon made a really interesting counterpoint and was tempered by the smoothness of the olive oil and buttermilk. When we talk about a store, what we get excited about is the ice cream and sorbets. There’s a reason why it was our first business idea, but we always got stumped on the fact that it was such a seasonal product. What do you do in the… CONTINUE READING

fresh strawberry cream pie

fresh strawberry cream pie

June 3, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

I’m very happy that we didn’t miss the pick-your-own strawberry season this year and I’m equally as happy that I actually had time to make something with them.  The kids were sold on the idea of a strawberry pie while we were still picking the berries, but I realized that I had never made one. I ended up improvising this recipe right down to the pie pan – my glass pie pan broke months ago so I was forced to use a springform pan.  The fresh, whole, uncooked strawberries are bound together inside a graham cracker crust with a mixture of sugar, gelatin and strawberry puree.  The strawberries looked a little rough after I filled the pie so I covered… CONTINUE READING

malted milk ice cream

malted milk ice cream

May 5, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts the biz

You’re intrigued, aren’t you? Mark’s been far too busy to make any desserts at home, but once in awhile, if we’re lucky, a container of ice cream will magically appear in the freezer or a new cookie might appear under the cake dome. We’re not the type of household that always keeps a pint of ice cream in the freezer (hey, why is that?), but Mark’s ice creams, as I’ve mentioned before, might very well be one of my favorite treats and this flavor, malted milk, might be one of my favorite new flavors. Have I ever told you that when we used to day dream about opening our own business one day, we always thought it would be an… CONTINUE READING

quince upside-down cake

quince upside-down cake

November 28, 2009 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts holidays recipes

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. It really is my favorite holiday since it is the most food-centric of them all. Still, I have not yet cooked a real Thanksgiving meal myself in many years and this year was no different. I felt I needed to make some kind of a contribution in the kitchen so I made my pumpkin pie and also some braised red cabbage and roasted mushrooms. A few days ago I saw these absolutely perfect quince at a farmer’s market. For those of you who don’t know, quince is my favorite Fall fruit which is saying a lot as Fall also brings persimmons, pomegranates and kumquats. The only downside to them is that they need just… CONTINUE READING

recipe on design*sponge

recipe on design*sponge

September 4, 2009 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts press recipes

You can find the recipe to this over here. Have a great Labor Day weekend, everybody! Mark will be at the Brooklyn Flea tomorrow and then we’re going to try and recover from our painting week and have some family fun days Sunday and Monday before the first official day of Kindergarten for Mia!… CONTINUE READING

lychee sorbet

lychee sorbet

July 14, 2009 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

I can’t remember ever making a New Year’s resolution, except one year when I vowed to eat more caviar. Or was it truffles? Whatever it was, I didn’t do very well. I’m going to try another resolution right now – a summer resolution, if you will, to make one batch of homemade ice cream or sorbet a week until September. I may miss a week here or there, but I promise to do my best. I made this lychee sorbet last week for the awesome BBQ we went to on Sunday. It’s almost the same recipe I used for many years at the Central Park Boathouse. Lychees are one of the tastiest and most refreshing fruits, and the good thing… CONTINUE READING

stuff found at my parent’s house

stuff found at my parent’s house

June 30, 2009 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts

We’re at my mom’s house the last 2 days which means we get to eat comfort food like vegetables grown from my dad’s garden including spicy pork and rice wrapped in perilla leaves. It also means we get to eat things like frozen red bean pops, a favorite of ours because it’s not too sweet. Contrary to what you may think, Mark and I are not big ice cream eaters and I can count on 1 hand how many times I’ve had ice cream this year (the kids on the other hand…). Crazy, right? Obviously it’s not because we don’t like ice cream, we just don’t think to buy it when we’re at the store and Mark’s been too busy… CONTINUE READING

mini cupcakes for an art opening

mini cupcakes for an art opening

June 14, 2009 |  Category:   art + design baked goods + desserts the biz

We catered an art opening yesterday, a group show called “Lady”, at the Charles Nolan store in the Meatpacking District. Mark made mini chocolate cupcakes with dulce de leche cream cheese frosting and our lemon lavender cupcakes, as well as some brownies and shortbread cookies, cut into mini rounds. Hope you had a good opening, ladies!… CONTINUE READING

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