Watermelon Granita

INGREDIENTS: (Makes 6 servings) 4 cups seedless watermelon cubes ½ cup sugar juice of 1 lemon mint leaves for garnish METHOD: Combine 4 cups seedless watermelon cubes, ½ cup sugar and the juice of 1 lemon in a food processor … Continue reading

My Take on the 4th of July Party

This summer I’m throwing my annual 4th of July party at the lake, and I can’t wait to spend a day relaxing with delicious food, friends & family. Here’s what I have on the menu this year: To Start July 4th is a long … Continue reading

Cotton Candy

If cotton candy is just for carnivals and street airs, why is it a fixture at The Four Seasons and other Michelin-starred restaurants like Anthos? Because it’s fun, it’s beautiful, and it’s dead easy to make! I’m not big on … Continue reading

Pâte á Choux (Cream Puffs) & Chocolate Éclairs

  INGREDIENTS: (makes 3 dozen cream puffs)  PATE A CHOUX: 1 ½ cups water 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes 1 tbsp condensed 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour  7-8 large eggs PASTRY CREAM: … Continue reading

Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2014

Wow, what a weekend! After a long winter in NYC, I was really looking forward to the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival. While the weather didn’t cooperate exactly to my liking (I was hoping for that California sunshine!) it … Continue reading

Sicilian Pignoli Cookies

You call them Pine Nuts, I call them Pignolis!  They’re very different from your average chocolate chip, and these Sicilian cookies are incredibly addicting! A little almond paste creates a chewy, gooey consistency while the pignolis add a crunchy element. INGREDIENTS: … Continue reading

HSN Recipes for Donatella’s Latte Mix

Nothing beats a creamy latte by the fire, a few chocolate biscotti, friends and family! But if you’re getting bored with the “just add milk and heat” routine, you HAVE to try one of these unique and delicious desserts. What’s … Continue reading

Chocolate Fondue Recipes

February is National Fondue Month, so there’s no better excuse to try one of my delicious variations to a classic recipe. Chocolate fondue is easy and fun to make- great for dinner parties, girl’s nights, and date nights alike. Make it from … Continue reading