Recipe Index

Bars | Bread | Breakfast | Cakes | Candy | Cookies | Custards, Mousses and Jellies | Drinks | Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yogurt | Muffins and Quickbreads | Miscellaneous | Pies and Tarts | Snacks


Almond Blondies
Black Sesame Chinese New Year “Cake” (Nian Gow)
Blondies – zucchini makes them extra gooey and virtually impossible to over bake
Brownies – made with white bean purée as a butter substitute
Brownies – raw, gluten-free, and vegan
Brownies, Banana Upside-Down
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Streusel Bars


Blueberry “Cream Cheese” Bread Pudding – the lazy (and cheap) man’s version of blueberry cheesecake
Chinese Roast Pork Buns – aka baked char siu bao
Chocolate Bread – adapted from Sullivan Street Bakery’s no-knead bread
Christopsomo – Greek Christmas bread that resembles healthy panettone
King Cake – a Mardis Gras classic
– a cast iron skillet chars the crust
New York-Style Bagels – from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice
Nutella Babka
Nutella Bread Pudding – a custardy casserole with layers of chocolate
Nutella-Swirl Banana Bread
Whole Wheat Bread – no knead, with 100% whole wheat flour


Breakfast Cookies – no added sugar, wheat-free, vegan, and 100% whole grain
Breakfast Salad – baby spinach with strawberries, granola and vinaigrette
Muffins – a use for leftover sourdough starter
Zucchini Pancakes – vegan


Apple Cake – 100% whole wheat flour complements the fruit
Avocado Cake – display this dessert proudly alongside your carrot cake and zucchini bread
Almond Cake with Frozen Grapefruits and Oranges – from Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges
Black-Eyed Susan Cake – surprisingly good spice cake with bean and apricot purées
Brown Butter Pound Cake
Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake
Caramel Cupcakes – vegan white cupcakes with burnt sugar/brown butter frosting
Carrot Cake – my grandmother’s legendary recipe
Chocolate Cake, Vegan – rich cake with truffle-like frosting
Chocolate-Apple Coffee Cake – a decadent fall breakfast
Chocolate-Chestnut Souffle Cake
Chocolate-Hazelnut (Nutella) Cake – taste-off between three recipes
Chocolate-Peppermint Cake
Fluffernutter Cupcakes – peanut butter cupcakes with marshmallow frosting
Grapefruit-Tarragon Millefuille – from Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges
Green Tea Cheesecake – fluffy Japanese style
Poppy Seed Cake – gluten free and Passover friendly
Red Velvet Cake with Beets – moist, rich and chocolaty


Bittersweet Chocolate-Caramel Cracker Cookies
Candied Walnuts – made with soy sauce
Chocolate Caramels – made from soy milk
Chocolate-hazelnut spread – homemade, dairy-free version of Nutella
Chocolate Mousse Truffles – the secret to making these luscious, low-fat confections is serving them from the freezer
Chocolate Truffles – the simplest method—pouring hot cream over chocolate—is also the most delicious
Chocolate Truffles, vegan – some of the best truffles I’ve ever had, vegan or not
Peanut Butter Fudge – this candy, from a congressman’s mother, is a well-kept secret on Capitol Hill


Almond Macaroons – a chewy grown-up cookie covered in chocolate
Asian Oatmeal Cookies – chewy cookies with goji berries and five-spice powder
Bacon Cookies
Bittersweet Chocolate-Caramel Cracker Cookies
Breakfast cookies – no added sugar, wheat-free, vegan, and 100% whole grain
Cheese Biscotti – a savory twist on cheese straws; bake these once and you have Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits
Chocolate Chip Cookies – chewy chocolate chip cookies with 100% whole wheat flour
Chocolate Chip-Ginger Cookies – from Levain Bakery
Chocolate Chocolate Chip-Coconut Cookies – from Levain Bakery
Chocolate Meringues – aka Beacon Hill cookies or melting chocolate meringues. Possibly my favorite, richest cookies.
Gingersnaps – from Chez Panisse restaurant
Green Tea Biscotti with White Chocolate Chips
Oatmeal-M&M Cookies
Potato Chip Cookies – sophisticated shortbread cookies with Terra chips. Surprisingly reminiscent of Pecan Sandies.
Shortbread Cookies with Seaweed
Winter Spice Cookies – a haunting blend of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and cooling white chocolate

Custards, Mousses and Jellies

Banana Pudding – no stove (or cooking) required
Chocolate Jelly – from Sam Mason, formerly of wd~50
Chocolate Mousse – dairy-free, with olive oil
Nutella Bread Pudding – a custardy casserole with layers of chocolate


Banana Hot Cocoa – low sugar
Bubble Tea
Hot Cacao – with cacao nibs
Iced Coffee – cold brewed, no electricity required

Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yogurt

Banana Popsicles – frozen bananas rolled in yogurt and cereal
Chocolate Ice Cream – no ice cream maker required
Chocolate Sorbet (the best) – tastes like a melted chocolate bar, but low fat
Chocolate Sorbet – made with cocoa powder from the Ultimate Ice Cream Book
Creamed Cheese Ice Cream – puréed cottage cheese makes a simple, smooth dessert
Grape Sorbet
Honey-Ginger Ice Cream With Grapefruit Jelly – from Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges
Lemon Gelato – from Meredith Kurtzman of Otto
Olive Oil Gelato – from Mario Batali’s the Babbo Cookbook
Maple-Pecan Ice Cream – just two ingredients make delicious, raw and vegan ice cream
Plain Frozen Yogurt – rivals Pinkberry and Frogurt
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream – spiced pumpkin ice cream with crumbled gingersnaps
Soy Sauce Sorbet

Muffins and Quickbreads

Muffins – made from sourdough starter


Chocolate Crêpe with Grapefruit Curd – from Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges
Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread
– homemade version of Nutella
Chocolate Consomme (Soup) with Butternut Squash Gel
– from Sam Mason, formerly of wd~50
Dog Food – vegan
Panforte Nero
– Italian “fruit fudge” with spices and cocoa
Pumpkin Hummus – a fall dip that tastes like pumpkin pie
Pickled Watermelon Rind
Ricotta Cheese, homemade
Spring Rolls with Black-Eyed Pea Filling – my only non-baking/dessert recipe, when this blog was still finding its voice
Tea-Poached Prunes with Fresh Orange Segments

Pies and Tarts

No-Bake Cheesecake with Rhubarb Topping
Chocolate-Marshmallow Pie – inspired by Westville restaurant in New York
Coconut, Chocolate, and Caramel tart – homemade Samoa Girl Scout cookie, in tart form
Honey Tart With Grapefruit-Shiso Granite and Charred Oranges – from Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges
Nutella Tart – from Pierre Herme
Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake from Scratch – a cross between pie and cheesecake
Ricotta Cheesecake – made from homemade cheese
Strawberry-Ricotta Cheesecake
Tarte Tatin – French upside-down apple pie


Candied Walnuts – made with soy sauce
Chocolate-Chile Almonds
Chocolate Larabars