Plum Sparkler

Plums are ripe and abundant on neighborhood trees.  While 2020 has been a tumultuous year, it’s been fabulous for plums.  Something about the weather here in California has graced the plum trees with amazing fecundity.  A friend has a bumper crop of Santa Rosa plums and gifted me with a crate of ripe fruit.  This…

Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

My daughter left her apartment in NYC and came back to California due to the Covid-19 shut down — I’m grateful that she is safe and with me for the moment!  One of the things she misses from her life on the east coast is a lemon poppy seed muffin made by a cafe next…

Yogurt Cheese

What’s a flavor cross between yogurt, chèvre and cream cheese — equally happy with savory or sweet flavors layered on top? Yogurt Cheese, of course! I recently created this simple cheese and was delighted with the results. What inspired this was a quart of amazingly lovely local Jersey yogurt left over from a big brunch….

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Summer sweet corn is a treat, and this simple ice cream makes the most of sweet corn’s rich, gentle flavors. I love sweet corn sautéed in butter — the heat and fat coax depth of flavor as the natural sugars caramelize in the pan and the starches gel in the kernels. I use this simple…

Cocoa Cherry Smoothie

What if your smoothie tasted so good that you’d gladly enjoy one for dessert . . . but it was actually loaded with superfood?  Well, wonder no more!  This smoothie is tastier than a slice of 1970s era Black Forest Cake, but will power you up with the goodness of cherries, cocoa, and chia.  I…

Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Silk satin meets caramel in this luxurious buttercream.  This one’s ideal on a rich flavored layer cake — think pumpkin spice, chocolate, banana. There are a number of different frosting recipes in my repertoire, and this one is a special favorite.   What makes this a Swiss Meringue Buttercream is the technique of heating egg whites…