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A birthday cake for MLK

A birthday cake for MLK

I’ve been inspired anew by Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work today. I originally planned to make this cake as a birthday cake for a good friend, which I will still do, but this was an ideal opportunity to test three particular flavor combinations….

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Squash Rolls in the Sun

Squash Rolls in the Sun

This week wrung me out to dry. First, I dressed to impress for my first experience as local TV co-host (2 makeup artists, 3 cameras, and 12 guests later, I decided I LOVE being a TV host but need better clothes). Second, I lived through what will…

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Pumpkin Eggnog Ice Cream and Cashew Nut Cookies

Pumpkin Eggnog Ice Cream and Cashew Nut Cookies

Today is my third year wedding anniversary! To celebrate, we’re hosting a small dinner party this Saturday night. We invited a few happily married couple friends. I’m hoping they’ll bring their best wedding stories – the surprising, funny, and all–out “you won’t believe what my…

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Figgy Newtons

Figgy Newtons

My husband and I have been tending to a vegetable plot in a community garden this summer. Which in actuality means, he does all the gardening  and I make stuff with whatever he’s growing. When I arrived last week to get bitten by bugs while…

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Carrot Truffles

Carrot Truffles

My husband and I went to Crete for our honeymoon. We rented a car and scoured the whole damn island for pleasure, many times in the form of food. That was a few years ago now. So, as you can imagine, I was PUMPED when…

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A Garden Wedding

A Garden Wedding

This past weekend, I made refreshments for a wedding reception held after a couple’s blessing ceremony in a Brooklyn community garden. The bride and groom, a visual artist and a journalist, respectively, love to garden. So much so, in fact, that they had worked tireless over…

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All My Kitchens: Essay #1

All My Kitchens: Essay #1

I’ve had a fair number of kitchens in my life. And in each of them, something happened. Something worth words. Here goes: “All My Kitchens: Essay 1” The first kitchen I can remember was decorated in late 1970s decor. Browns and oranges and yellows. Dark…

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After the Gay Parade, Tea Cakes

After the Gay Parade, Tea Cakes

I went to the Pride Parade in New York City today. We staked out a spot on 5th Avenue at 13th Street. Little did I know – it being my first Pride parade in NYC – that the real action is on the corner of…

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Coffee Chiffon

Coffee Chiffon

One of the things I like most in the world is great women. I try to surround myself with witty, strong, sexy, powerful, fabulous women. When I got a call from my friend Faith for a custom cake, I couldn’t wait to make it. Faith’s…

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Recreating Commercial Sweets At Home

Recreating Commercial Sweets At Home

When I was a kid, my mom would put tiny notes in my lunchbox every day. They’d say things like, “I love you, honey” or “I hope you had sweet dreams.” Half way through first grade I started having trouble in English. I couldn’t figure…

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