• Mocha Icebox Cake

    Mocha Icebox Cake

    During the scorching NYC summer of 2015, my mother tagged me on Facebook with a link to Bon Appétit’s Coffee-Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha-Mascarpone Frosting. “When it’s cool enough for baking again,” I said, but by the next day I had other thoughts. “Now that I think about it, I ...

  • King Ranch Chicken

    King Ranch Chicken

    I have some philosophical issues concerning casseroles, at least where American home-cooking standbys like King Ranch Chicken are concerned. Since these casseroles are supposed to be weeknight meals, I feel that they should require nothing more laborious than chopping up a few vegetables and pushing them around in a skillet ...

  • Baked Ziti with Kale and Sausage in Garlic-Parmesan Cream Sauce

    Baked Ziti with Kale and Sausage in Garlic-Parmesan Cream Sauce

    Though this is as creamy and comforting as one would expect pasta with white sauce to be, it isn’t as heavy as typical baked ziti. Half the dish was gone in minutes.

  • Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

    Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

    Using Gourmet’s New York cheesecake recipe as a base, I added raspberry preserves and chocolate chips, and smashed up some Oreos with butter for a crust. The flavor balance between sweet, tangy, and creamy was exactly as I had hoped it would be, and I’m sure if I had actually ...