Red Wine Cake with Poached Pears

Sophisticated, seasonal and simple: I love this combination of fruit, chocolate and wine. The tawny pears turn garnet when poached in red wine, and the same red wine in the cake makes it glossy and just sweet enough. A sprinkle of confectioners sugar might be a pretty garnish, but the cake needs no thick frosting […]

cheese tartlets

No-Bake Cheese Tartlet

Need a dessert in a snap? Whip up these beautiful pastries using your homemade cream cheese.

Apple Pie Bars

Everything is better in bar form—even apple pie!

Recipe: Homemade Jam Bars

Photo by Judith Hausman These jam bars make for a great, quick treat for a gathering. I’m in a book club, and it was my turn to host my funny, smart friends. They usually arrive at my house medium-hungry, so while no one makes an elaborate spread, it’s our habit to serve some sweet and […]