Overnight Whole Wheat Sticky Buns with Black Sugar

Cinnamon rolls are not common fare in Argentina. In fact, most Argentines hate cinnamon. Who hates cinnamon? It just seems so common. But I suppose I grew up with Big Red, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Pumpkin Pie. Cinnamon rolls and/or Sticky buns are one of my favorite breakfast comfort foods. But there are a few…

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

Everyone has their go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Or at least they should. It’s like the little black dress of desserts – always the right fit for any occasion. To be honest, I have a few favorite choco chip recipes- and you know what? None of them contain chocolate chips! Gasp! The problem with chocolate…

Apple Pie to Warm the Soul

Blanca Cotta was an Argentine cook who was well-known for her simple recipes that often consisted of common ingredients that you’d find in your pantry. She had a sharp wit and sense of humor and a real talent for explaining things so that anyone could understand them, including children, who she wrote recipes for in…

Argentine-inspired Sweets: Chocotorta Cupcakes

It happens out of the blue, one day you wake up and say “Oh shit, I haven’t written in my blog for two months.” It’s the result of going on a wild jungle adventure to Brazil, getting a promotion at work and becoming obsessed with lifting weights at the gym. Hey – how else am…

Spicy and Soothing: Homemade Ginger-Pepper Ale and Candied Ginger

Life has been hot lately in Buenos Aires and my stomach has been turning somersaults over the past few weeks with all the changes and new possibilities. Ginger, fortunately, has a calming effect on the stomach, not to mention a great, spicy kick! What a strange contrast one food can have: calming and firey at…

A Crunch for Your Coffee Break: Perfect Almond Biscotti

A few years ago, I went on a biscotti-hunting expedition. I wanted to find the truly perfect recipe for a crunchy, light, flavorful biscotti. I tried recipes with honey, recipes with whole wheat flour, recipes with whipped egg whites, etc. etc. but then I found the key to a beautiful biscotti : a bit of fat….

Women Who Inspire Me: Karen Juino, Cake Decorator Extraordinaire

I’ve said it several times before, but I’ll say it again: my family is full of talented ladies. I’ve told you all about my fashionable granny, and now I want to tell you about my older sister, Karen, the artist. I have to admit that I was an extremely annoying little sister. A real brat….

Celebrating a New Year with Champagne Mousse

So many reasons to celebrate this new year with an elegant and festive champagne mousse. Some are small reasons (I bought a new cat-print dress) and some are big reasons (I graduated pastry school!) Kelly Poindexter, the pastry chef…no, no scratch that – the world’s BEST pastry chef! Hey, a girl can dream, no? So,…

Women who inspire me and their recipes

Everyone loves their grandma, there’s no denying that. Their cooking is always the best, they know exactly what to say to cheer us up, grandmas and they are sweetest and cutest people we know. Luckily, I’ve been blessed with a fantastic grandma. You see, my grandma is not a typical grandma. She is a cool grandma. She…

Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

A few months ago, I tried my hand at making these amazing salty, chewy caramels from David Lebovitz. It was my first time making candy and even *gasp* using a candy themometer! Which really can be quite scary and takes a lot of practice balancing between a themometer, spatula and boiling pot of sugar. The…