Don’t Butter Me Up

When I announced to my guests that the dessert would be butter-free, they thought I was kidding.

Makes Scents

Brunch conversation with a group of perfumers and food bloggers inevitably turns to the crucial interplay between smell and taste in recipe development, whether it’s for a perfume blending, mixology, or good, old-fashioned baking. Offerings this time around included slices of Orange-Rosemary Olive Oil Cake, topped with a glaze that included a few drops of  neroli. An…

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

I don’t cook every day so, when I do, I tend toward the complex. Yet I was drawn to this recipe for Greek Walnut Cake, posted on my favorite newspaper food site (the Los Angeles Times). Part of the allure, I suppose, was that I had all the ingredients in my house — a bonus…