A Plum Cake Recipe from Stanley Tucci

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Who could forget Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as Italian brothers and chefs in Big Night.  In preparation for his role as Secondo, Stanley Tucci worked with acclaimed chef Gianni Scappin, honing the skills he already had, as the son of “food-obsessed” Italian immigrants.  In The Tucci Cookbook, he pulls together recipes from both of their families, [...]

Mini Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest

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I’ve mentioned before that blueberries are an indelible part of my New England childhood.  Just the smell of blueberry muffins baking can catapult me back into my mother’s kitchen.  These little muffins are soft and moist, with a pleasant tang from the lemon zest, and a toothy crunch from the cornmeal.  They are great for [...]

A delicious show-stopper: Citrus Pound Cake with Pistachios and Lemon Icing

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In baking, everything is in the details.  That’s why I love to use recipes from Cook’s Illustrated.  They explain the science behind their perfected techniques.  Case in point; because egg yolks are great emulsifiers, adding extra yolks to a pound cake will “help the batter retain air making the cake light.  Their fattiness contributes richness, tenderness [...]