Vegan and Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Here is a truly delicious vegan and gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe. The filling is seasoned to perfection and silky smooth and the crust has little bits of crystalized ginger.  It’s so good.   It can be enjoyed equally by those without any dietary restrictions at all.  I made this pie last December when our oven…

Creamy Passionfruit Mango Parfait (vegan)

Oh how I adore Passionfruit.  I have recently discovered a very good source for passionfruit puree, which is helping me to get over my deep and abiding regret about not eating more fresh passionfruit when I lived in Hawaii (See my post post on Regret and Coconut Passionfruit Chia Seed Pudding).  It’s called Perfect Puree…

Cranberry, Almond, Ginger Tart (gluten-free)

My plan was to make this tart to bring to every holiday party I went to this year. It’s a beautiful tart, all shiny and red and studded with candied ginger.  The jam filling packs a punch between the tartness of the cranberries and the spice of the ginger, but there is just a thin…

An Excellent Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

In October, I baked gluten-free pies for my husband’s second cousin’s beautiful wedding in Tennessee.  Being so specific makes it sound like the bride is a very distant relative.  She’s not.  Chris’ family is close and connected and I love them. The Bride let me choose one flavor (I made Pear Sambuca Pie) and she…

Spiced Plum and Chocolate Cashew Cream Parfait (Vegan)

This is the autumn dessert for The Illuminati Ball.  Creamy chocolate cashew cream is layered with spiced red wine plum jam and topped with toasted almonds.  If you are interested in reading about the entire eight course vegan tasting menu and seeing pictures of this sumptuous event follow this link!  If you want the recipe, scroll down!…

Daifuku

Daifuku is a sweet mochiko rice flour ball stuffed with something sweet.  Sweet black sesame paste is my favorite but I won’t turn down sweet red beans either.  I grew up eating this Japanese treat in Hawaii, but I made it for the first time this summer at Brooklyn Apple Academy’s Run a Luncheonette Cooking…

Butter Mochi

I pulled this recipe out this summer to make with the young cooks at the Brooklyn Apple Academy Run a Luncheonette Cooking Camp for our Asian inspired menu.  Butter Mochi is a Japanese American treat that I ate and adored as a child growing up in Hawaii.  I was very excited to share this recipe with my students…

Cardamom Cashew Cream and Rhubarb Rose Parfait (vegan)

This is a blog post about food.  It is definitely not an excuse to post pictures of the stray (available) kitten who lives on the back porch of a friend who had my husband and I over for brunch last weekend.Even if there had been no kitty it would have been a glorious springtime Brooklyn brunch….