Making a New York Style Cheesecake

“New York-Style” here refers to density. I’d say the traditional New York cheesecake was either lemon or vanilla flavored, but obviously this has changed a lot. Cheesecakes are tricky, and I had to ruin a bunch before I could make one good one. But you don’t have to, once you know a few basic safeguards.Continue reading “Making a New York Style Cheesecake”

Maple Scotch (3 Variations)

There are multiple variations of the famous Maple Scotch recipe in the Five Spice library, each shared here. Geoffrey Stokes, a former food columnist for the Village Voice in New York City (he later moved to Vermont) started me on my ruinous road to liqueur making. People are forever asking, “How did you make that?”Continue reading “Maple Scotch (3 Variations)”

Thai Mussels (3 Variations)

There are (at least) 3 variations of “thai mussels” in the Five Spice library, each reported here. When I was a kid, my uncle Bernie took me and his son to hand-line fish off a long pier in Coney Island—the pier eventually burned down. While checking my bobber below, I noticed black crustaceans clinging toContinue reading “Thai Mussels (3 Variations)”