Winter Snowflake Cake: The Cake Boss Way

Winter Snowflake Cake

If you’re a fan of Cake Boss (aka Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ), then you’re going to love this post. Last year, for my (big) birthday, my friends chipped in to give me a cake decorating lesson at Carlo’s Bakery, which I was finally able to use earlier this month. Now, this… more »

Tis the Season: Cinnamon Sugar Balls

Cafe Mocha Tart

  It’s been awhile. Too long, really. I have so much to tell you… After participating in the fabulous Pie Party, hosted by Jackie Gordon (@divathatateny), Ken Leung (@hungryrabbitnyc) and the GE Monogram Design Center (totally wanted to move in to that kitchen!!) and pleasing the crowd with a Cafe Mocha Tart, I whipped up some Pumpkin Donuts with help from Harry &… more »

Sweet Gratitude in the Aftermath of Sandy

Chocolate Chip Pecan Espresso Cookies

I don’t normally write profound posts for TRB — unless, of course you think my musings about chocolate and Nutella are really “deep.” Here goes nothing. The past couple of weeks have put a lot in perspective. As a native Staten Islander, witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and continuing recovery efforts has been quite an… more »

Quick and Easy: Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I absolutely, positively cannot keep a jar of Nutella in my house. It never ever stands a chance. Willpower, schmillpower. It’s way too tempting. I blame my most recent moment of weakness on Target. Yes, that’s right, it’s all Target’s fault. What began as a quest for… more »

Keepin’ Cozy with ChiLentil Soup

ChiLentil Soup

As the temperatures begin to dip, leaves begin to fall, the baseball season comes to a close and the Presidential debates rage on, there’s nothing better than coming home to something warm, filling and flavorful. Enter: ChiLentil Soup. No, the recipe doesn’t hail from Chicago. In fact, this one is a TRB original. Well, sort of. I… more »