The decoration for this cake was inspired by the majolica porcelain stand on which it's placed. The mocha genoise is soaked with coffee syrup and iced lavishly with mocha buttercream tinted shades of blue, green, rose, and violet.
This recipe comes courtesy of Diane Rasberry of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She says the chocolate filling of this pie is balanced out by the not-too-sweet meringue topping. Pick up a crust at the store, or bake Our Favorite Pie Crust. Spread the meringue to the crust's edge so that it seals and doesn't shrink.
New York newlywed Cathy No Rebatta loves to make these Italian cookies to give as gifts. They are great for dunking in milk or coffee. Whole almonds, peanuts, or hazelnuts would also work well in place of the pistachios.
First introduced in the 1940s by a vendor in New York City, the ice cream sandwich was designed to make it easier for busy New Yorkers to eat ice cream on the run, by placing it between two large cookies. For best results, prepare these sandwiches the day before serving.