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Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream – Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream

The ultimate plan for this roasted pumpkin ice cream is a plated dessert with grilled mochi, miso butterscotch, and a black sesame crumble; I haven’t finished the other components yet, but thought I would go ahead and share the ice cream recipe with you. Because it is intended for a dessert with Japanese flavors, I …

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Italian Plum Upside Down Cake – Recipe

Italian Plum Upside-Down Cake

I‘m a an absolute sucker for Italian plums, to the point of being a bit heartbroken that my incredibly generous neighbors’ tree seems not to have fruited this year. Picking them warm off her tree is a highlight of late summer around here. So I was happy as could be when, on vacation, I found …

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Saffron-Date Posset – A Dessert You Should Know – Recipe

Date Posset

One of the many great things about working at ChefSteps is that at any given moment, amazingly delicious things are subject to appear on top of the staff-food fridge, which means “come ‘n get it.” A few weeks ago, Grant or Ben or Nick, I’m not sure, put up posset.

Poss-what? Believe me, I had to …

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Warm Fennel Salad with Pears and Candied Pumpkin Seeds – Recipe

Warm salads are a nice change of pace from the regular run of cool green salads, especially on a chilly evening. In this one, cooking the fennel makes the taste milder and sweeter, so even those folks who don't enjoy the anise flavor may like it.

I'm forever making variations of this candied pumpkin seed garnish. …

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Strawberries and Cream Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

Strawberry Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

No, this isn’t a miniature cake. It is actually 6 inches in diameter, and, I don’t know, 6 inches tall and serves 8 pretty handily.

I’m a pretty lousy pastry cook. I typically don’t have the patience or skills to create perfect geometric shapes, frost things just right and so-on. So when I got the Momofuku …

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Caramelized Banana and Buttermilk Panna Cotta – Vegetarian Panna Cotta Recipe

Banana Buttermilk Panna Cotta (unmolded)

Panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert, traditionally made from cream and milk set with gelatin, which isn’t vegetarian. The gelatin is what makes it different from flan (set with eggs) or pudding (set with starch and sometimes eggs). The best panna cotta is ultra-creamy and just barely set – it should have a distinct …

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Sephardic Bikur Holim Bazaar – A Delicious Link to the Past

Repulgo - Pleating the Edge of a Travatho

I‘m Jewish, from the Ashkenazi tradition – the group you probably associate with Judaism, emanating from Eastern Europe. When you think of bagels and latkes and schmalz, you are thinking of Ashkenazi. The other major group of jews, called Sephardic, are from Southern Europe and North Africa. As I’ve mentioned before, I had the great …

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