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Lemon Meringue Cake

IMG_4029.jpgWhen winter has dug in its heels, it is time to enjoy citrus desserts.  We had a lemon tree in our backyard in California, so I didn’t buy a lemon until I moved to New York.  Now I get Florida lemons at the supermarket, although every lemon dessert I make comes with extra nostalgia on top.  Here is a cake I recently developed for a big dinner party—to say it was a hit would be a gross understatement.  


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Tommy Bahama's Famous Piña Colada Cake

TOMMYB_COCONUTCAKE_25295 (2).jpgMore than baked ham, more than roast lamb, my must-have Easter dinner tradition is coconut layer cake.  Its annual appearance on our holiday table goes back to my childhood.  My mom and our neighbor Ardi thought nothing of staying up all night designing 3-D cakes, and Easter always featured a funny bunny with white jelly bean teeth and shredded coconut fur.  (Yes, the fur and frosting was often tinted with food coloring.) I'm all-grown up, and now I prefer my coconut cakes for their flavor rather than their cuteness factor.  When working on TOMMY BAHAMA'S FLAVORS OF HAWAII, I recreated the piña colada cake that is a favorite at their restaurants.  This is a truly fabulous cake, with a white chocolate mousse frosting, tender yellow cake, crushed pineapple, and a generous splash of rum.  (If serving to kids, use non-alcoholic rum-flavored beverage syrup.)  <Photo by Peden + Monk from FLAVORS OF ALOHA, available only at Tommy Bahama stores, restaurants, and www.tommybahama.com.>


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My Christmas Menu

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