Boca Negra, or Black Mouth

This, besides black forest cake, is my oldest child’s favorite cake. I’ve only made it twice because she’s actually allergic to eggs, so as you might understand, when I do make it, she savors every mouthful. And for good reason — it’s...

Murphy’s Law: Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer

Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, was as horrible as it could possibly be. This happens every Lent, like clockwork. If you start writing about how holy your kids are, by the time you hit publish at the end of you day, you’ll be wishing you didn’t have...
Gascon Walnut Bars

Gascon Walnut Bars

If you love walnuts, this recipe is for you. It’s all walnut, walnut, walnut. And oh yeah, butter. But mostly walnut. The “batter” is walnut, the frosting is walnut. A pity that several family members are allergic to walnuts. Which is why I waited 10...

Fichi al Galoppo

Poached Fresh Figs from Lidia’s Italy, if I’m not mistaken (copied down the recipe a few months back and now I’ve forgotten where I got it) 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 pound figs (I used Black Mission) zest of half a...