I love nuts of all kinds. They are delicious, healthy, and do a great job of helping you sustain energy and feel full. I love them raw, lightly salted, smoked......you name it I will eat it.
I took inspiration for this from lemon ricotta pancakes - and if you’ve never added ricotta to a pancake recipe you don’t know what you’re missing. Ricotta, just like yogurt adds moisture to a bread or cake recipe ricotta however, has a lighter flavor and allows the lemon and thyme to shine through in this poundcake. It will work perfectly as a dessert or an addition to your afternoon tea. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
I happened upon a recipe for Italian Water Cake and was intrugued. I had never heard of a water cake before so I dove into the recipe and loved the idea, espcially now that we are all social distancing and trying to make use of what we have at home rather than going out on a shopping trip. I researched and read a couple different recipes before I decided to make one of my own. I really loved the simplicity of the recipes and the plus that I could keep it in my repertoire for vegan friends in the future.
It's been a couple years since my last post—actually, this one has been sitting and waiting for me to finish it, but the world and work can really get in the way. I developed this recipe for a special at one of the restaurants where I was the executive chef—Third & Vine in Jersey City. I have since left the restaurant and the Northeast all together for the warmth of sunny Florida.
Just before I relocated to Florida my dear friend and amazing Chef, Anne Thornton, moved back to NYC from LA to lead the kitchen team and open 33Greenwich. Located on Greenwich Ave. in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village this southern inspired eatery does not disappoint and looks to have a long life ahead. Anne opened Little Pine, a vegan restaurant, in LA with singer-songwriter Moby, in 2015 and I know NYC is grateful to have her back.
When we opened Third & Vine back in February of 2014 I originally planned to change the cheesecake flavor with the season. However, everyone loved this one so much we decided there was no way it could come off the menu. It became our signature dessert and although I am no longer the chef at Third & Vine I know they will always keep it.