This traditional Russian dessert is similar to a no-bake cheesecake. Dried-Pineapple cutouts embellish this cake, but Martha sometimes uses jelly beans instead. Her paskha molds come from Maxim Kudinov, in West Nyack, New York (etsy.com/shop/varusha). You can also use an 8-to-10-inch flowerpot or a fine-mesh strainer.
These classic cookies are flavorful but intolerance-friendly, says baker Cybele Pascal, author of "The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook." Gluten-free and dairy-free (plus egg-free, soy-free, and nut-free), these will please the pickiest dinner guest.
To get a nice log shape, lay the cake on a kitchen towel, fill it, roll it, then clip the towel's ends together with clothespins until the cake sets. We used frozen currants as a garnish, but frozen grapes work just as well. You may substitute cream cheese for the mascarpone; add two more tablespoons sugar and a half teaspoon vanilla.
Anyone who shouldn't be measuring things before they've had their morning coffee will appreciate these packets. Filled with the dry ingredients for muffins, the packets are simple to prepare whenever you have a moment.