Quarantine Baking

Those of you who know me know that it has been a rough month for my family. Mr. Foodie fell ill with what we feared was Covid-19 only to get a negative test after 12 days of having, we suspect, bacterial pneumonia, and we lost my paternal grandfather (age 92) this week. I find that…

Pistachio Halva Cupcakes with Rosewater Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Lately I’ve been experimenting more and more with incorporating middle eastern flavors into my baking. This post is partially inspired by making Molly Yeh’s Halva Magic Bars recently – what a treat! I’ve been adapting them to make them less cloyingly sweet, so stay tuned for that recipe. This post is also inspired by Sally’s…

Chocolate Pomegranate Heart Cake

Did you know that it’s National Chocolate Cake Day?! And do I ever have a great recipe for you chocolate cake lovers. It all started with wanting to make a baking recipe involving pomegranate which is in season through February and just so beautiful with its little ruby seeds. Then I thought, how great would…

Friendsgiving

How lucky am I to have so many amazing friends who still, many years after we were no longer thrown together by school or jobs or other people, remain friends? Believe me, I know how lucky I am! That’s why I didn’t want November to come and go without at least trying to coordinate a…

Homemade Pici Pasta with Red Sauce

When we were in the Tuscany region of Italy a few weeks ago, I made it my mission to try Pici pasta dishes whenever I saw them on a menu. This is not a pasta dish that one can find easily in the U.S. Pici pasta is like spaghetti, but pencil-thick and perfect for hearty…