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Tiramisu Birthday Cake

There are things in life that have a simple majesty. A cake, for example is how we mark a special occasion. This January, I’m celebrating the new year; I’m also celebrating my birthday, but most importantly, I’m celebrating 15 years of cooking with my newly designed web site and a new cookbook on the way!…

Chocolate Peanut Cake

Chocolate Peanut Cake

When it comes to matters of food and cooking for the holidays, I have high standards, which makes this recipe a perfect feature for the festivities. Not all recipes are easy. Just so you know. Composed of 4 different steps, this cake comes together in a sheet pan and can be frozen up to 3…

Pumpkin Mousse Parfait Latin Style

Pumpkin Mousse Parfait Latin Style

Every family has its own sequence of non-negotiable desserts during the Holidays and for mine, it’s pumpkin recipes. What is negotiable however, are the recipes itself. Now let’s be honest, to break the rules, you have the master them. After many pumpkin pies, it’s time to give them wings. I’m putting a drone on this…

Pumpkin Mousse in October

Pumpkin Mousse in October

  What do I love most about October? The impeccably crisp smell of fall in the air, the turning leaves, apple cider at its best and pumpkins are all around us. With Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to get in the kitchen. Let’s set the stage for the extraordinary to happen…  How…

Gislaine Murgia’s Best Honey Cake

  Gislaine Murgia came to the U.S. 11 years ago. Her kitchen in Queens, New York is strongly connected to her homeland—and mine— from the cakes and snacks like empadinhas (empanadas) and coxinhas (chicken fritters), to brigadeiros and other confections from Brazil. But the sweet she craves the most is pão de mel, or honey…