Category Archives: Dessert

Apricot kernel ice cream with honey-roasted apricots

Last year I collected hundreds of cherry pits from my June and July farmer’s market cherries with the aim of making cherry pit ice cream. This pastry chef waxes poetic (and X-rated) about the alluring, phenomenal flavor of the kernel … Continue reading

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Cherry Granita with Almond Cream and Caramel Crunch

The past few weeks I have been enjoying trying out new desserts with the first of the summer stone fruits. The cherries have been wonderful and I ended up buying yet another huge flat of them last week with which … Continue reading

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The Outdoor Market in Ivrea, Italy and an Apricot-Nectarine Cobbler with Two Kinds of Cherries

Do you remember your first farmer’s market trip? I may be a bit green to recall the resurgence of outdoor markets, greenmarkets, and farmer’s markets in the past couple decades, but I can profess that farmer’s markets have been one … Continue reading

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Wedding Biscotti: Chai Spiced Biscotti with Oats, Toasted Nuts, Raisins, and White Chocolate

In under two months, my sister will be getting married to a wonderful man. While I am not sure that either of them would agree to being called foodies (simply because the title is so cloying), they both relish exceptionally … Continue reading

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Stone-ground Cornmeal Cookies with Pine nuts

Imagine a shortbread-like cookie, enriched with egg yolks and the popcorn-like flavor and odor of toasted pine nuts, except instead of using all wheat flour, it features a mixed-corn, stone-ground cornmeal. This cookie knocks your socks off with its playful, … Continue reading

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Meringues with Chantilly Cream, Toasted Nuts, and Shaved Chocolate

Several years ago my husband (then boyfriend) and I crossed the Italian-French border with my Piemontese relatives for lunch in the town of Menton. We each had an incredible salade composée, but what stood out in relief was the desserts. … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Cardamom-Cinnamon Apple Cake

Last night we had a Moroccan couscous and this apple cake. Both recipes are deceptively easy–ones that I make when it is 6pm and I am still not sure what I will make for dinner. For those of you despairing … Continue reading

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Grapefruit Macarons with Grapefruit Curd or Macaron Madness!!!

Every couple of weeks I crave macarons. No, I do not eat just one like a classy Frenchwoman. As my sister and I shout each fall when we see the signs for the Armenian Food Fair here in San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Colomba di Pasqua–Italian Easter Dove Bread

Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi. “Christmas with your family and Easter with whomever,” goes the saying in Italian. Well, as I sit here typing this post, my house is absolutely quiet with everyone else napping and I … Continue reading

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Rosewater Pistachio Meringues

I realized that I compulsively entered the kitchen twice fumbling around for another bite, or just crumbs even of my rosewater pistachio meringues. No luck. Someone finished them. It was my kids…..my husband……er, me. I have now reached the desperate … Continue reading

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