Recipes

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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TINA’S PEAS + CARROTS

What does childhood taste like? Is it salty, or sweet? Does it fizz and pop on the tip of your tongue, or does it melt slowly? Do your lips pucker a little, do your teeth hurt?  Does it quickly pulse with a sizzle or does it announce itself with steam pouring out of the oven?  This could be almost anything.  […]
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TINA’S PUMPKIN PECAN PIE

http://vimeo.com/79278550 I’m thankful for my Aunt Tina’s pies.  They’re the kind of pies that sticky fingered children would steal out of window sills. This pie is the centerpiece of all of our Thanksgiving celebrations: it’s spicy and rich, but not heavy, and has a brown sugar butter pecan topping. It’s perfect.  The pumpkin filling is light, not overly dense and […]
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TINA’S VINTAGE PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

Who doesn’t love a syrupy, warm, gorgeous cake? My aunt Tina has made her lovely pineapple upside-down cake for years, and it’s been a favorite dessert in my family. It looks like a stained glass window, with maraschino cherries dotting the glistening surface, and immediately sends me time traveling to the 1960s. To kick start my YouTube series with Tina, […]
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TINA’S TOFFEE

For me, this toffee is the epitome of the Christmas Season (we start badgering Tina to cook it the day after Thanksgiving), and something I look forward to nibbling on every year. Nothing is more depressing than reaching for my family’s toffee tin and finding it empty, like a dead Christmas tree in the gutter. So please cook up this […]
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TOASTED COCONUT BLACKOUT DOUGHNUTS

These are some classic, fried-dough style doughnuts. Or is it donuts? I’ve never really understood if the extra “u-g-h” was a stylistic choice, or an actual differentiation, but, as with most pedantic questions, does it really matter? Toasted coconut adds warmth to the rich, dark, and I’ll say it – bitter – dark chocolate. For some reason “bitter” turns people […]
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TOASTED COCONUT SORBET

This is technically a sorbet, but it’s as close to a dairy free ice cream as I’ve gotten.  The key is in the high fat content of the coconut cream, letting the sorbet freeze in the ice cream machine until it’s almost completely set (this ensures smaller, tighter ice crystals and a creamier texture), and layering in rich flavors like […]
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TOM + JERRY

When your cousin gives you adorable Tom and Jerry mugs for Christmas, you simply must make Tom and Jerry. It’s a fact. I actually had never tried Tom and Jerry before. And no, it’s not named after the cat and mouse from Hannah Barbera cartoons (which for some reason I always pronounced Hannah Barbara for some reason), though you wouldn’t […]
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