Tag Archives: Dessert

Halloween Cookies

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Last fall, one of the many children I have the pleasure of cooking for requested cookies to decorate for Halloween. Now that Halloween is nearly here again, this seems like a good time to share my favorite cookie recipe. Continue reading


Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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One of the challenges of working as a personal chef is that I am often so busy in the time leading up to the holidays that I barely have time to plan celebrating with—or purchasing gifts for—my own family and friends.

I can’t tell you what I’m doing for them this year (because many of them read this blog), but here are some ideas if you are still trying to come up with something for your friends and family. Continue reading

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

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Often when my husband and I go out to one of our favorite restaurants near our home, Bar del Corso,  panna cotta is on the dessert menu. Every once in a while we order it, and every time, I comment on how simple it is to make, yet so delicious, and it inspires me to go home and make a batch. Continue reading

Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

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This is a great recipe and an item that should be a staple in your freezer. These cookies are delicate, flavorful, and easy to make.

I came across this recipe earlier this summer just before catering an event for about 50 people. Raspberry sorbet was on the menu, and I wanted a cookie to serve with it. Continue reading

Cupcakes for Mom


Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and here’s a dessert to make for your mother if she’s following a paleo or gluten-free diet—or if you are, and you want to enjoy a sweet treat with your family. Sharing this recipe can also be a way to convince people who can’t imagine eating paleo that it’s really not so bad. Continue reading


Afternoon Tea

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I recently prepared food for a client’s afternoon tea for 22 and thought I’d share some of the images from that event. The menu was relatively simple, including three different kinds of tea sandwiches and four different bite-sized sweets. First up were … Continue reading

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

December 2013 048My friend Giselle had a cookbook from Grand Central Bakery that she never used. She thought I might enjoy it, so she gave it to me.  The moment I saw the section on tea cookies, I wanted to make them. They are a perfect item to have in your freezer. Continue reading

‘Tis the Season

I’ve been busy catering parties for the past couple of weeks, so I thought that instead of posting a recipe today I would simply share some of the photographs I’ve taken at different events. Continue reading

Let Them Eat Cake

As I promised a few weeks ago, when I posted a recipe for Roasted Zucchini with Ricotta and Mint, here’s another idea for what to do with zucchini. If your garden produced a lot of zucchini this year—or you simply love a moist chocolate cake—here’s a recipe you should bookmark to try soon. Continue reading