Good morning everyone, I know it has been awhile since our last post. Keith and I turned the big 3-0 this spring. We celebrated by traveling to London, the English countryside (where we got to visit with some of Keith’s family), New York City (with some favorite people) and the colorful patchwork that is Brooklyn. On our return, I [...]
Also known as panna cotta, this dessert originates from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy where the land is fertile and milk production is abundant. My first experience with panna cotta was in a little village restaurant on top of a hill in Montecatini Alto (Tuscany). I still remember our meal there from 2 years ago. We started with a bottle of local [...]
Imagine this, my skin is red with yellow flecks and my body has ballooned into a giant strawberry shape. Yes, this little Strawberry has been as greedy as Violet in Willy Wonka. Hold on a second while Keith rolls me off to the juicing room.
The Best Strawberries
This dessert is popularly known as brazo de Mercedes (translation, the arm of the Virgin Mary) in the Philippines. With the population consisting of about 90% practicing Christians (mostly Catholic) it’s no surprise that religion has influenced the food. Or could it be the other way around? Maybe brazo is that good! Filipinos love to [...]
When I told Keith that I was going to make a Pear & Chocolate Walnut Cake, his reaction was of utter disgust. I’ve always wanted to try combining pears and chocolate in a dish; what a perfect time to do so because I had a lot of perfectly ripened pears from Tippy Top Orchard that needed to be eaten up. [...]
Though it is non-traditional, my first attempt at making baklava did not turn out too bad. I was not crazy enough to face the challenge of making my own phyllo sheets so I bought them pre-made. My friend Deb first introduced me to the combination of raspberries and pears which I thought was just incredible. (She has given [...]
This is the easiest and one of the most satisfying desserts I’ve ever made. We just got back from a trip to the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan). While the strawberry season here is over and summer is upon us, it is springtime up north and the berries have just started to ripen. We brought some [...]
Wow, it has been amazing to read all of your stories. Thank you for sharing. Now, it’s my turn.
I grew up in a village called Disimpit in the town of Jones. This town in the province of Isabela on the northernmost and largest island in the Philippines called Luzon. Got it? Several months before our birthdays every year, grandpa would take my brother and I [...]
For 333 years, the Spanish ruled the Philippines. They had a dessert called manjar blanco made with almonds, milk, sugar, and gelatin. It is similar to blancmange or panna cotta. The name literally translates to “white delicacy” because of its original color but people have altered it and have produced their own versions using ingredients [...]
Our lot is 100 feet by 150 feet. We have 14 inches of snow in our yard (I measured). This means we have (roughly) 17550 cubic feet of snow right now. What to do with it? Well, I’ll use 300 cubic feet to make snowballs to throw at Leslie. 1206.34 cubic feet will make that [...]