Berry Crisp : Easy & Delicious Dessert

Who said crisp was a thing of the fall!? When I had a craving for those cinnamony-sugar crumbles, I decided to improvise and use the ingredients I had. This tangy but sweet berry crisp was the result, and when topped with a dollop of old fashioned vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream it becomes dessert at its finest (and it only takes about a half hour from start to finish!) When baked individually, it would make a wonderful addition to a dessert bar at a rustic wedding, and can even be packaged up as a pretty little favor (sans cream of course!).

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Anisette Cookies : A Taste of Home

Growing up, we knew company was coming when the house smelled of anisette cookies.  My mom always whipped up a batch right before friends stopped by for a visit. The traditional Italian cookie gets its flavoring from the anise extract, and while it looks like biscotti, and uses the same twice-baked procedure, these cookies are much softer and doughier (although I tend to under-bake all my cookies…purposefully!). They would make a sweet addition to a brunch-style bridal shower (think cookie bar!) and would be a great wedding favor for an afternoon affair. They are the perfect easy, all-around-likeable recipe for a chat over tea or with a good old-fashioned glass of milk, and are even better dipped in chocolate!2014-03-13_0001 2014-03-13_0002anisette cookies 2

The French 76

It’s no secret that I love champagne and usually find myself coming up with excuses to celebrate with a bottle. Even before I was old enough for the alcoholic version, I was clinking glasses with sparkling juice. I love the pop of the cork, the fizzing of the bubbles, the refreshing zing it delivers, and the variety of beautifully crafted labels. I also love the air of glamour that comes with sipping from a flute. I’m always looking for new ways to serve champagne and this recipe does just the trick. It’s a slightly altered version of the French 75  (with the addition of St. Germain) and would make a great signature drink for a wedding or event. And it just so happens to pair perfectly with yesterday’s Lemon Berry Mascarpone Cake.2014-03-05_00022014-03-05_0001 2014-03-05_0003 2014-03-05_0004 2014-03-05_0005 2014-03-05_0006 2014-03-05_0007 2014-03-05_0008 2014-03-05_0009

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Photos: Lora Grady

Lemon Berry Mascarpone Cake

This is one of my favorite cake recipes. My first bite of lemon mascarpone cake was at a tiny tea house in my hometown of upstate New York. When flying home for a slice wasn’t an option, I decided to tackle it myself, and to my surprise my version tasted just like it (okay, maybe even a little better)! This cake is always popular with company, even for those who claim they’re “not a cake person”. The fluffy mascarpone frosting is the perfect kind of sweet and don’t even get me started on the buttery lemon crumbles. Check in tomorrow for a champagne cocktail pairing!

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Photos: Lora Grady