Caramelized Pear, Pancetta and Gorgonzola Tartlets

Sweet, savory, and crispy little tartlets that will impress your guests and their taste buds. The peppery arugula plays well off of the sweetness of the caramelized pear and onion, while the gorgonzola adds sharpness, and pancetta brings it all together with a hint of… Keep Reading »

Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, & Feta Quiche

Remember it is really easy to have a few kid friendlier ingredients on hand too – just fill half the quiche shell with those, and half with the grown-up version. Then fill with the egg mixture and bake all at once, so you’re not making… Keep Reading »

Asparagus & Eggplant Filo Roll

The light flaky exterior is perfectly balanced with the creamy savory filling to make this exquisite dish a vegetarian main course, fabulous side dish, or an elegant first course. It is also extremely versatile, so feel free switch it up by trying different vegetable and/or… Keep Reading »

Banana Bread

Banana bread makes me think of childhood and my Auntie Vera. It was always one of my favorites, but her original recipe calls for shortening (hydrogenated fat), so I’ve swapped that out for much healthier coconut oil. It does add a slight coconut flavor, but… Keep Reading »

Banana-Chocolate Addict Bars

My grandmother Ellie used to have a cookbook called the Chocolate Addict’s Cookbook. All the recipes had drug related names, and my absolute favorite was a recipe called Chocolate Joints. Hey, what can I say – it was the 1970′s! This is my adaptation of that recipe…. Keep Reading »

Keith Haring Gingerbread Art

One of Tatjana’s and my favorite holiday traditions has always been baking and making gingerbread houses together. This year we decided – why not honor a dear friend and create something a little more interesting, so we decided to make Keith Haring gingerbread cookies instead…. Keep Reading »

Raspberry Beret Bars

I’d like to dedicate my newest recipe to Prince for making me feel twenty-one, and inspiring me to get creative at what I do best again after a great concert I went to with my daughter, Tatjana…. Keep Reading »

Auntie Vera’s Buttermilk Pancakes & Waffles

Do you have little ones that sometimes wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Nordic Ware make smiley face and animal pancake pans that are guaranteed to put a smile on the grumpiest sleepy head’s face. My uncle Harlan gave me a useful… Keep Reading »

Mom’s Almond-Toffee Biscotti

Biscotti make a great hostess gift when you are invited to a party, and the perfect snack with your afternoon coffee pick me up…. Keep Reading »

Jewels Lemon-Lavender Angel Food Cupcakes

“To bring the devil out in him!”… Keep Reading »

Cinnamon Spiked Banana Nut Muffins

Nothing puts a smile on my face faster than the smell of Banana Nut Muffins spiked with cinnamon baking in the oven. These healthy muffins are both moist and fragrant. The cinnamon adds a little spice to the sweet bananas, the pecans for crunch, and… Keep Reading »

Cheddar-Jalapeno Corn Muffins

These spicy corn muffins oozing with delicious cheddar cheese and jalapeño peppers compliment any grilled or barbecued dish…. Keep Reading »

Red Velvet Pancakes & Waffles

The Waldorf Astoria’s Red Velvet cake has been my absolute favorite since I was a very young girl. You can imagine my delight when I saw red velvet pancakes on the menu at the Larchmont Bungalow, and they certainly did NOT disappoint! This is my… Keep Reading »