Back in the 1970’s, ladies would take turns hosting coffee gatherings in the afternoons and that’s where my grandmothers forged a lifelong friendship. Since both my parents worked, my grandmothers looked after me. I was (reputedly) a handful. The local supermarket had affectionately dubbed me The Earthquake. Even so, I hold both grandmothers partially responsible […]
I missed my nephew’s birthday this year, but he’s home now and I really want to treat him to something decadent. Enter Brownie Cookies. Flaky on top and chewy, gooey in the middle these sweeties are so good that they ought to be outlawed. Thank heavens, they’re not. A hint of coffee drops the spotlight […]
Sicilian Eggplant Salad is a melange of summer vegetables in a sweet-tart sauce perfumed with allspice and a hint of curry. Salad do Sicily, as she called it, comes from my grandmother’s sister Violet who lived on the lower east side of Manhattan. Every summer, my grandmother Nina would fly East to spend a few […]
There are certain people who are disappointed with chocolate chip cookies. I don’t mean any specific chocolate chip cookies, but in general. The reason they’re so dissatisfied is that they feel the baker was stingy with the amount of chip in the batter. If you’re that sort of person, then these cookies are for you. […]
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 ...