Pecan Lemon Torte with Lemon Curd Filling

This year’s Passover menu includes recipes by Joan Nathan, she’s the doyenne of Jewish cooking. For dessert, imagine a slice of sunshine delicately plated before you, a lemon torte so exquisite it seems to whisper promises of pure delight. LEARN MORE

Coconut Pound Cake

What’s not to love about a cake that’s made with butter, sugar, and coconut? This delicious cake is perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea and a good book like Helen Simonson’s “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” about two widowed people, from different cultures, who found each other just when they thought love was off the menu for them. LEARN MORE

Chai Tea

The perfect drink when settling down to read “Dark Road to Darjeeling” by Deanna Raybourn. Her book is all about the adventures of Lady Julia Grey and her husband, private inquiry agent, Nicholas Brisbane, on their quest to solve a murder in Darjeeling, of all places. LEARN MORE

Pasta Cacio e Pepe

A traditional Roman dish with very simple ingredients: black pepper, grated Pecorino Romano and grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese, and spaghetti. With a glass of a nice Italian red and a green salad, a simple, but tasty dinner on a cold winter’s night. LEARN MORE

Southern Pecan Pie

A Thanksgiving dinner with friends wouldn’t be complete without the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, warm gravy, and Southern Pecan Pie with a nice big dollop of whipped cream. LEARN MORE

Lime Cloud Pie

In the winter of 1984, American poet, author, and human rights advocate Carolyn Forche and her husband, members of the press corp, shared a festive dinner in war-torn Beirut with native Beiruitis. She described the dessert served by her hosts as, “resembling an orange-scented cloud”. Try this modified version of that special dessert. LEARN MORE

Imam Biyaldi

Eggplant can be found in recipes from all over the globe, from the Greek classic, moussaka, to eggplant parmigiana, to India’s spicy bhaingan bharta. But, for ease of preparation and scrumptious taste, the Turkish eggplant dish, imam biyaldi, can’t be beat.  LEARN MORE

Squash and Basil-Mustard Butter

For a nice and easy change of pace, go pesco-vegetarian and try some grilled salmon with basil-mustard butter, sauteed squash with garlic and a hint of lemon, and a green salad. LEARN MORE