Years ago, my sister took Mom to the posh kitchen and bath shop. Later that night, I got a phone call, expecting to hear about all the fancy sinks, faucets, cabinets, but, instead, all I heard about was the butterscotch pudding they ate. It turns out the shop had a resident chef (I know, ooh la […]
My favorite aunt and uncle were in town last weekend and I was hell-bent on making a batch of saffron nazook for them. Somehow I ended up with extra filling and I wasn’t about to waste a smidge of precious saffron. So I tossed it into the mixing bowl and ended up with Persian […]
There are two dishes that are staples at Armenian households, one of which is macaron. No, no, don’t get excited. I don’t mean the delicate French almond meringue sandwich cookies. Our macaron is a pasta concoction made with seasoned ground beef in a tomato sauce steamed slowly over a bed of potato slices. I know, […]
Ever since we started dating, I have baked a new cake for Shawn’s birthday. This is actually not wise, because, in most cases, it was the first time I was using a recipe and the end result was usually a disaster. The first year, there was what was intended as a strawberry shortcake, but qualified […]
Dragon's Kiss Cocktail came about one Friday night when I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from work. Brain-dead and ready for the long weekend, my stomach was grumbling like a caged beast. What usually happens in situations like this one is that I push the shopping cart up and down every ...