Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?

A couple of reasons for this, the main one being that you need to use high quality bar chocolate, not morsels, for both white and dark layers. (Now there are white morsels available made with cocoa butter – just found this out – but some experts still prefer the bar chocolate.) White chocolate should contain cocoa butter, NOT palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil inhibits … Continue reading Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

When I was testing the cranberry almond biscotti recipe, my husband, Frank, kept taking slices off the baking sheet before I could bake them a second time. (Biscotti means twice baked).  A darn good testimonial, wouldn’t you say? This makes a lovely gift from the kitchen, too – pack it with a couple coffee mugs or teacups. Cranberry almond biscotti Maybe you’d like to sub … Continue reading Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Mother’s Day Recipes: Two Fab Desserts for Mom’s Day

My Mom, Mary Nader, really did follow the beat of a different drummer. Mom was traditional in many ways except when it came to clothes. She was the first on our block to wear petal pushers (we call them Capris now). Not so much because they were fashionable, but because they were comfortable. I’m a little bit like my Mom in that respect. I like … Continue reading Mother’s Day Recipes: Two Fab Desserts for Mom’s Day

Easy King Cakes for Mardi Gras

EASY KING CAKE FOR MARDI GRAS Fat Tuesday is around the corner, and it’s celebrated with, well, lots of decadent food (to ready ourselves for the lean eating during Lent) and, of course, King Cake. Traditional King Cake is a yeasted dough, and today I’m sharing 2 easier recipes that are really good. Adapted from a recipe from Julie Badylak, a busy mom of 3 and physical … Continue reading Easy King Cakes for Mardi Gras