March 16, 2012

The Ugliest Dessert You’ll Ever Love

Every Friday, gorgeous Italian Jewish women and men line up to buy this hideous dessert. What is the fuss all about? Recently I visited Rome and, […]
March 7, 2012

Latke v. Hammantaschen Debate: The Solution is Salty-Sweet Caramel Hammentaschen

As a pastry chef who must spend her days tasting all things sweet, what I really want at the end of the day are potato chips. […]
December 22, 2011

Designer Doughnuts

One of the hardships of my life as a pastry chef/teacher/writer is that I go to Paris every few years to do research. I want to […]
November 1, 2011

Stressed is desserts spelled backwards

 That should be the motto for competing on a dessert competition show. After I found out that I had a place on Sweet Genius, and right […]
September 9, 2011

Summer of the Sandwich – Challah Pita

At every speaking or baking event I have done over the past year, the question I hear over and over is “why are you not obese […]
July 21, 2011

A Dessert for Everyone

 Every once in a while, I am reminded that baking is my destiny.  In May it was teaching a cooking class in my grandparents’ former house […]
June 3, 2011

From Pie to Rabbi: The return to my grandmother’s kitchen

A few months ago, I received an email from Brochi, of the Chabad of Sea Gate synagogue, Brooklyn, asking me to do a baking demonstration.  She had […]
May 17, 2011

Hot Dogs and Soufflé

I ate my last hot dog at the Kosher stand at Yankee Stadium in 2009.  Hot dogs and I have a strained relationship.  While growing up in […]
April 4, 2011

Farfel and Fortitude – Top Ten Passover Survival Tips

Even for experienced bakers, Passover is the greatest annual challenge.Passover bakers cannot use flour, yeast or even pure vanilla. Very few bakeries make kosher for Passover […]