Fall in Philadelphia

One of my favorite days of the year when kids are in school and we have most of the day to ourselves. When we can spend all morning in one of the little coffie shops, then take a walk down South Street, and go see a movie.


Peas and mushroom orecchiette

2 сups of cut up mushrooms
2 medium onions
1/4 cup of frozen peas
2 boxes of orecchiette
1 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of cream
Red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar


  • Fry up the mushroims and set aside
  • Cut up and caramelize onions by sauteeing them on a low heat for 10 minutes until translucent, then adding a dash of sugar and tbsp of vinegar and cooking them for another 10-15 minutes
  • Pour in the chicken broth and let it cook for about 5 minutes

  • Add in the peas and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes until peas get soft

  • Slowly stir in the cream and let the sauce thicken

  • Return mushrooms to the pot

  • Meanwhile cook orecchiette al dente in a separate pot, drain and mix withthe sauce

Chocolate Eclair Cake

1 cup water
1.5 sticks of butter
1 cup flour
4 large eggs

3 eggs
2.5 cup of milk
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tbsp of flour
1 tbsp of corn starch
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1/2 stick of butter
1 package of cream cheese
Batch of homemade whipped cream
chocolate syrup


  • Preheat oven to 400
  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat

  • Stir in the flour
  • Mix in one egg at a time, mixing completely before adding another egg
  • Spray a little bit of oil onto the baking pan and spread it around. Ensure the pan is only lightly greased, otherwise you won’t be able to get the mixture to stay up
  • Spread mixture into pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly

  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven and let cool (don’t touch or push bubbles down)
  • To make a filling, I prefer to use Creme Anglaise with whipped creme cheese.
    Whip cream cheese in a medium bowl
  • Separately boil 2 cups of milk

  • Meanwhile mix 3/4 cup of sugar, 2-3 eggs, 1 tbsp of flour, 1 tbsp of corn starch, and some vanila extract
  • Add the mixture to boiling milk and keep stirring until mixture thickens and bubbles form

  • Add half a stick of butter, let it melt and remove from heat
  • Slowly add the warm cream to cream cheese, mixing until there are no lumps
  • Let it cool in fridge before pouring it into the completely cooled crust

  • Top it with homemaid whipped cream and decorate with chocolate syrup