Desserts
Strawberry buttermilk ice cream

Strawberry buttermilk ice cream

This super-easy dessert marries delicious summer berries with one of our all-time favorite Southern ingredients, buttermilk, which gives the ice cream an appetizing, cheesecake-like tang. We love to serve it in bowls with shortbread cookies crumbled over the top....

read more
Plain or Fancy Ligurian Lemon Cake

Plain or Fancy Ligurian Lemon Cake

Moist, lemony, and dotted with raspberries, this simple round cake gets much of its depth of flavor from the unexpected addition of extra-virgin olive oil. While mild Ligurian olive oil is my choice, any fine-quality olive oil that’s not too assertive will give you...

read more
Chocolate Cashew Tart

Chocolate Cashew Tart

We produced several hundred of these tarts for the 2007 SoBe Tribute Dinner honoring my bosses at Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert and Maguy Le Coze. The dessert has since found a home on our menu in some form or other; my favorite variations include peanuts and hazelnuts....

read more
Sweet Corn Ice Cream With Blackberry Compote

Sweet Corn Ice Cream With Blackberry Compote

One of the most highly anti cipated crops on eastern Long Island is the Silver Queen corn. It’s incredibly juicy and sweet and not at all starchy. It makes a crazy delicious ice cream that pairs perfectly with sweet, tart blackberries. The combination is the essence...

read more
Caramel Croissant Pudding

Caramel Croissant Pudding

This is what we Brits consider “pudding,” which is far removed from its American incarnation. For this version, think bread pudding, only so much more luxurious: sweet, softly solid, and starchy, offering solace to the soul and bolstering the body. To eat it is...

read more
Chocolate Coconut Cake

Chocolate Coconut Cake

This cake was a sincere mistake! I had planned to pair a chocolate ganache with a coconut macaroon biscuit. As I was making it, I realized I had added too much egg white and was running out of coconut. But I decided to spread it out on a sheet pan and bake it anyway....

read more
Drunken Mojito Rum Cake

Drunken Mojito Rum Cake

My desserts are influenced by local flavors as well as Latin and Caribbean ingredients. This dessert is based on Jamaican rum cake and the mojito, South Florida’s most popular drink. The cake is moist and flavorful, and the addition of mint, lime, and rum makes it...

read more
Watermelon Sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet

Gina says: I always love watermelon because it reminds me of sitting outside with my sisters. We weren’t allowed to eat it in the house because it was so messy. We’d have a ball, spitting seeds at each other, not a care in the world. This sorbet is a great way to pay...

read more
Bruschetta of Lemon Ricotta And Berry Marmalade

Bruschetta of Lemon Ricotta And Berry Marmalade

I grew up in a traditional Italian family in Rochester, New York, and my grandmother, from Naples, lived with us. This was one of the treats that she’d make for breakfast. We had a family-style grocery in the neighborhood and it was easy to get Italian products,...

read more
Milk Chocolate Cremoso With Espresso Parfait

Milk Chocolate Cremoso With Espresso Parfait

Sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy: if you close your eyes while eating a cremoso you may think it’s the most delicious chocolate-covered pretzel. This dessert combines all the elements that make your senses sing. The perfect ending… SERVES 10 CREMOSO 5 large egg...

read more

Don’t Wait to Lose Weight