Chocolate Truffles

Handmade chocolate truffles make a delectable holiday gift that will be treasured by all who are lucky enough to be on your Christmas list. Exquisite, rich and easy to make, if you have never made chocolate truffles before, you must give these rich balls of ganache that melt in your mouth a try. Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate… Read More

Spicy Butternut Squash Empanadas

When I cook, I like to remind myself that success in cooking does not come in perfection—nothing is perfect—but rather, I think success comes in the evolution of a dish. To me, what’s interesting is the how a dish can continue to morph and evolve—the risks taken, adjustments of ingredients, spices, and techniques used, etc. This all varies from person to… Read More

Sour Cherry Pie

“This world is but a cherry fair”, wrote Chaucer, and as I pucker up with a bowl of sour ruby-red cherries at my fingertips, I confer. Thin skinned and intensely flavored, sour cherries are slightly smaller than sweet cherries and boast a truly incomparable juicy-tart flavor. Their season is brief—a few short weeks at the end of June and… Read More

Double Chocolate Cake with Lemon Italian Meringue Buttercream

Rich, complex and bittersweet, this is undoubtedly one of the most fantastic chocolate cakes I’ve ever made. After my first bite I knew it would be my new “go-to” classic chocolate cake and I had to share the recipe with you. I’ll just say “you’re welcome” now because I know it’ll be one of the best cakes you’ve ever eaten and you’re… Read More

Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala

In the late 1700s, carrot cake appeared as a spiced pudding, but at some point carrots must have fallen out of vogue because recipes for carrot cake weren’t published very much until the 1930s. It wasn’t until the 1970s that carrot cake gained popularity and became mainstream in the U.S. Every year I make a carrot… Read More

Raw Chocolate Orange-Cardamom Torte

Nowadays, in many cultures, families are getting so busy that quality family time is becoming a rare commodity, if not a special treat. Although time for shared meals and activities is often hard to orchestrate as busy schedules make it difficult to get together, family time is an investment worth making. We spend most of our… Read More