Category Archives: Dessert

Cherry Fluff


Cherry fluff from Mom on Time Out is a fun, yummy dessert that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.  It’s pink and full of cherries and marshmallows.  I used sugar-free Cool Whip, 2 1/2 cups of colored marshmallows and 1 1/2 cups of coconut.  This salad is great for a crowd too.



Sweet Artisan Marshmallows

I wanted to write about Sweet Artisan Marshmallows while there’s still time to get some for Valentine’s Day.  Sweet Artisan Marshmallows is a marshmallow company owned by a mother and daughter team, Michele and Kelsey, based in Detroit, MI.  Their marshmallow flavors include classic ones like strawberry, vanilla and triple chocolate.  But there are also interesting flavors like moscato, vanilla java porter, hibiscus and tangerine and trendy flavors like maple bacon.

Michele sent me some marshmallows to try–triple chocolate, peppermint, strawberry and lemon, and I enjoyed them very much.


First, I love their size.


They are a bit smaller than your standard store-bought white marshmallow, which makes them the perfect size for topping a cup of hot chocolate or tea.


Second, they taste great.  I tried the triple chocolate and peppermint, and both were delish.  They are light and fluffy and don’t melt too fast.  Also, I worry about peppermint-flavored stuff, as it can sometimes taste like toothpaste.  But these peppermint marshmallows tasted great!

It looks as if they have a vegan/kosher/halal option and an option using honey for those with corn allergies.   I wish them success with their business and kudos to them for helping rebuild the Motor City!

Coconut Ladoos

When I saw the coconut ladoos recipe on Aromatic Cooking, I knew I had to make them.  Little balls of coconut sweetness?  I’m there.  They did not disappoint.  They are really yummy!


Dinner: Delmonico’s


I have wanted to dine at Delmonico’s for a very long time, and I can’t believe it took me this long!  It is such a huge part of New York history and also culinary history, as it set restaurant standards and created time-tested dishes.


The original Delmonico’s opened in 1827 and had many locations and different owners since then.  It also involves a bit of trademark law.  The Delmonico family tried to keep rights in their last name, but a court ruled that when their last restaurant closed in 1923, the name went into the public domain.  So there were other owners who opened restaurants with the name Delmonico’s.  While the current restaurant isn’t in the lineage of the original restaurant, it serves the dishes Delmonico’s is famous for.

delmonicos table

Delmonico’s is historically famous for its grandiose dinners like those for Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.  It is also famous for being the first restaurant to let diners order a la carte.  It originated some dishes that have become classics like the Delmonico steak, Delmonico potatoes, Lobster Newburg, baked Alaska, chicken a la king, eggs benedict and Manhattan clam chowder.

On the night of my visit, CNN was there with a camera crew filming about the history of the restaurant and its famous baked Alaska.

As it is white truffle season, there was a white truffle special on the menu–lobster risotto with white truffles.  The appetizer version was $45.  I decided to splurge since I can’t recall having eaten white truffles before.

white truffles

My friend ordered the bacon appetizer that came with octopus.  I tasted it too, and it was delicious.

delmonico bacon

For my entree, I was deciding between lobster Newburg and Delmonico steak, and I opted for the famous steak.  Boy, am I glad I did.  You can’t tell from this picture, but this steak was cooked to perfection, slightly crispy char on the outside and pink on the inside.

delmonico steak

The 40-day aged bone-in rib eye was even better, if that can be.  This was an exceptional steak.

delmonicos steak

For sides, we got creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes.  Both were very good.  In fact, I think the creamed spinach is my favorite of all the steakhouses I’ve been to in the city.

delmonicos creamed spinach

delmonicos mashed potatoes

Since I saw the baked Alaska being showcased for the CNN program,  I knew I had to try one.  Generally, I’m not a meringue person, but of course, I love ice cream.  I didn’t know what to expect, but the meringue wound up being my favorite part.  The meringue has this light crispiness to it


but it’s soft and frothy on the inside.  I loved it.  I could eat that alone.  But with ice cream and a nice crust, it was the perfect dessert.


Two for Tuesday: Carrot Dishes

I’ve been introduced to some delicious carrot dishes lately.  I saw a recipe for gajar halwa, or carrot pudding, on a blog of Indian recipes.  So I ordered it from an area restaurant, Kiran Indian Cuisine.  Wow, it reminded me of rice pudding, only sweeter and spicier.  I want to try to recreate this at home.  It’s a perfect holiday dessert.


At Balkanika, I fell in love with carrot tarator, one of many delicious dips the restaurant makes.  It’s made with roasted carrots, garlic and Greek yogurt.


I have made this one at home, and it’s a great dip for veggies or pita.


Sweets Week: Day 4: Sugar and Plumm

Sugar and Plumm on the Upper West Side is one of those places that appeals to the kid in all of us.  It’s part retail candy store, part café, part patisserie but all fun.  There are a number of specialty crepes, milkshakes, sundaes and cakes, but on my visit, I opted to try a little of all of them.  I ordered the earthquake in a fishbowl.  Earthquake in a fishbowl is a sharable dessert that could also be called kitchen sink because it has everything in it–chocolate caramel cake; key lime pie; Brooklyn blackout cake; New York cheesecake; butterscotch pudding; vanilla, chocolate and dulce de leche ice cream and whipped cream.  I’m not sure the bowl is really a fishbowl, as it has a lid on it, but it looks like a large bowl used to store candy in a traditional candy store.


My favorite parts of the fishbowl were the cheesecake, the butterscotch pudding, and the key lime, but everything tasted good.  This dessert was fun and delish.  It’s great for kids, a family, or a romantic date.


Sweets Week: Day 2: Treat House

The owners of Treat House on the Upper West Side are probably hoping that rice krispie treats are the new cupcake.  While rice krispie treats also bring us back to childhood memories, I’m not sure they have the mass appeal of cupcakes.  However, the rice krispie treats at Treat House do give cupcakes a run for their money.  On my visit, I got four treats, caramel sea salt, chocolate raspberry, s’mores and a seasonal maple pecan.  The former two were almost sold out, and they were fresh and delicious.  There were plenty left of the latter two, and they were a bit on the stale side.  However, the caramel sea salt and chocolate raspberry are delicious and add depth to a rice krispie treat, which is something I didn’t think could be perfected upon.  My preference is the chocolate raspberry.