Recipes

VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

Gluten Free/Vegan baking can conjure up images of cardboard dry cakes and “buttercream” interpretations that simply don’t come close to the real thing.  And here’s the reason why: You can’t replace butter. Trying to recreate ingredients leads to hyped up expectations and definitely some disappointments.  You know what works? Using great ingredients that have a ton of flavor. That way, […]
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TINA’S EPIC CRACKLE CAKE

This is another classic “Tina Cake” that pops up at some family gathering at least once a year.  Inspired by a cake she enjoyed as a special treat on outings to Blum’s with her mother, this dessert is an absolute showstopper. It looks insane, and tastes even better. Light and airy but with a surprising crunch, you’ll be embarrassed by […]
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RIGATONI WITH SPICY TOMATO CREAM SAUCE

One of my most frustrating traits is my deep, abiding love of carbs. That famous Sophia Loren quip, “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti!” has nothing to do with me. That is not my relationship with pasta. More pasta means more sweatpants. More pasta means more to love. But, this is something I’ve had to get over. If deciding […]
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HOW TO DECORATE A CAKE FOUR WAYS

I’m not good at cake decorating. I’m pretty good at hiding this fact. I can’t roll out a decent fondant, I can’t make sugar roses, and forget me piping “happy birthday” onto a cake. It’s not just my poor penmanship that gets in my way, I struggle with almost all things hand-eye coordination related. This has made cakes especially intimidating […]
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THE TURTLE DOVE

Inspired by the Paloma, which means dove in Spanish, I named this whiskey/grapefruit combination after a dove found in Kentucky – the turtle dove. The bright and slightly bitter grapefruit juice is perfect with the slightly sweet and smokey whiskey.   INGREDIENTS 2 ounces whiskey 1 ounce grapefruit juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup grapefruit bitters dash of vanilla extract DIRECTIONS […]
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ZA’ATAR QUICHE

Made with the wild thyme and hyssop that grows on the hillsides of the Levant, Za’atar is versatile spice blend that can be used on anything and everything. Each country and region in the Middle East has their own twist on this classic. Some add caraway seeds, some add fennel, but at its base is the earthy blend of hillside herbs. I […]
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SIMPLE TARTE TATIN

Tarte tatin is by far one of my favorite winter desserts. The story behind it is a delicious mistake, not unlike how chocolate chip cookies were created. Two sisters owned an inn, about 100 miles south of Paris, and one of them intended to make an apple pie. But she was distracted, and accidentally burnt the sugar and butter. She […]
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THE HUDSON

North of Manhattan lies the Hudson River Valley, home to historic estates, granite cliffs, former factory towns, orchards, undulating farmland, and a hundred other things worth seeing. For this rich, herb-fueled take on the Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley seemed like the perfect touchstone for its name. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 ounces rye whiskey 1/2 ounces amaro averna 1/2 ounces benedictine […]
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