Bear’s Favorite Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Let me start off by saying this: I AM NOT A CHEESE PERSON. There, I said it. I am, however, a baked macaroni and cheese person. I just think that lately we have gone too far, adding things like bacon, truffles, lobster (!!!!???!!!), and vegetables ruins the experience for me. As you well know, I […]

The ULTIMATE Chocolate “Chip” Cookie

There really isn’t anything better than a fresh warm chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven.  As I explore the world of comfort foods, I am always trying to “one up” the memories of the foods I enjoyed so much.  So let’s face it…Chocolate chip cookies always came in a bag or a box, […]


In ancient GREEK MYTHOLOGY, ambrosia (Greek: ἀμβροσία) is sometimes the food or drink of the Greek gods (or demigods), often depicted as conferring ageless immortality upon whomever consumed it. It was brought to the gods in Olympus by doves!!! (From Wikipedia) Now, I don’t know if this salad will bring you immortality, and it is certainly not […]

Joey’s Mascarpone Rice Pudding with Chestnut Honey

Joey Arias is one of the most legendary performers in NYC nightlife.  She is also one of my dear friends.  Joey is known for her ability to channel the voice of the great Billie Holiday. I have her portrait tattooed on my leg…lol…At a dinner party thrown by my friend, chef, cabaret performer, and food […]


I love candied ginger.  There is something about spicy and sweet that make your taste buds go insane.  I have to admit this recipe makes me really proud!!! I have purchased candied ginger for years, and never imagined that I could make it myself.  This is NOT a recipe, but more of a TECHNIQUE. Candying […]


Summer is all about produce. White peaches are one of summer’s treasures.  Use semi-ripe peaches for this recipe. If you have to choose between not ripe enough or mushy, I would mix 5o/50.  Firm peaches with a bit of give when you hold them are ideal.  I use a mandolin to cut the peaches, using […]


No frills, no icing, no powdered sugar please.  This cake is perfect just as it is. The flavor of butter, and the refreshing lemon topping, makes this cake a perfect compliment to tea. I love it for breakfast.  However, if you need to embellish this very moist and tangy cake, feel free to do so. […]