Monthly Archives: July 2013


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. […]

Watermelon, Mozzerella, and Tomato Salad

I LOVE living in NYC. One of my regular restaurants is ELMO on 19th Street in Chelsea.  During the summer, they always serve this salad.  I have made it so many times, and it’s always a hit…Watermelon and tomatoes go beautifully together, and what better way to celebrate the summer than with these two amazing […]


This is gastronomy‘s ULTIMATE Cinderella story. Taking an ingredient that most of us throw into the garbage, and take it to glorious heights, amazes me every time.  This recipe works on lemon, lime, grapefruit, or any citrus.  The process is a bit time consuming, but the finished product lasts forever if sealed correctly, and makes […]