Congo Squares

While looking through my mother’s folder of torn and stained recipes (a habit that I just love), I came across a neatly typed recipe for “Congo Squares.”   I could tell this was a very old recipe, and I vaguely remembered the name. As I read through the ingredients, I started to recollect the taste, which … Continue reading

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Before you start your New Year’s resolution of weight loss and no sugar, please have one last splurge, and let it be this cream cheese pound cake.   You won’t regret it. This cake is light and airy, yet dense and complex. It can stand alone or with some whipped cream and berries.   It’s great with … Continue reading

English Trifle

Happy December! The Christmases just keep coming faster and faster every year.…or at least that’s how it feels to me.   I feel like I just put away all the Christmas ornaments! But here we are again. It really is such a wonderful time of year.   I love the hustle and bustle and all the festivities … Continue reading

Lemon Cake (Mamma Agata’s Dolce al Limone)

When did my love affair with lemons begins?  It began over 25 years ago, on my first trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  I’d never seen a lemon the size of the lemons that are grown everywhere there.  As you drive along the roads, or walk through secluded paths in the hills, these brilliant yellow … Continue reading

Basic Blueberry Pie (with a secret worth knowing)

  It’s summertime, and the season for fresh fruit pies!  I buy seasonal blueberries, peaches and cherries by the bushels, and love to dream up recipes, but I especially love to whip up a pie using this fresh bounty of the season.  I didn’t always feel this way about pie-making.  Making the crust scared me. … Continue reading

Nigella’s Lemon Polenta Cake

This may be Nigella Lawson’s Lemon Polenta Cake recipe, but the memories that it evokes for me are those of long ago, at Sunday family dinners.  Several months ago my sister made this cake for a family Sunday dinner, and the moment I tasted it, I knew I had eaten this cake before, but I … Continue reading

Pavlova (Meringue and Fruit)

I generally make Pavlova in the summer when I can use local, fresh fruit, but I tend to feel the need for this “slice of summer” all year round.  Just when you think you can’t eat another piece of apple pie or apple crisp (do check out my recipe for this), pavlova saves the day. … Continue reading

Key Lime Pie

I first tasted Key lime pie in Key Biscayne, Florida when I was 19 years old.  Upon first bite of this velvety, sweet dessert, I knew I was in love.  I would forever be on a quest for the perfect Key lime pie.  It was not easily found outside of Florida back then, so many … Continue reading

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches (three milks) cake is a sponge cake soaked in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk.  It is believed to have originated in Latin America, as it is a popular desert there, but this fact is somewhat disputed.  Many Spanish cultures claim this desert for their own. It reminds me of rum … Continue reading

Whiskey Cake

Packaged cake mixes became very popular in the 1950s.  Betty Crocker was the first to get  Yellow and White cake mixes to American supermarkets in 1947.  In 1948 Pillsbury was the first to introduce a Chocolate cake mix, and in 1951, Duncan Hines got in the act by grabbing a hold of his share in … Continue reading