MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen:  Our Favorite Recipes




From Our Kitchen To Yours

“A passion for food is a passion for life” – Old Italian saying

Welcome to MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen!

Tom and I love to travel … and to eat!  When Tom started Travels With Mai Tai Tom, MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen was added as a way to help Tom build content.  Somewhere along the way, I realized I enjoyed sharing recipes and really liked writing and taking pictures.  I started by posting some of our favorites recipes from our years of entertaining.  I have kept track of the menus for every single dinner and party we have had at our house since 1999.  We like to host, what can I say?

Our very first party in 1991 was a Blazing Saddles costume party where we served Yankee Bean Soup and Tuna Surprise (food from the movie – not to worry, those recipes are not here).  Our second effort was Thanksgiving, where the turkey erupted in flames.  Apparently, it was a very juicy turkey and the drippings spilled out and caught fire in the oven.  As I recall, everything turned out great despite our beagle snatching a loaf of cranberry bread from the table.

We are much improved since those two efforts.  The recipes I share with you are our favorites; ones that can’t go wrong and that we feel are worth the effort.  Our motto: “Good Food, Great Friends and Fun.” 

On the travel side of things, I am the “Scribe.”  I take copious notes that Tom magically transforms into his trip reports and posts.  These days I also take most of the photos on my iPhone.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we like sharing them!

“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child

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July 1, 2023

Tom’s Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

Easiest Cheesiest Potatoes! Tom’s Twice-Baked Potato Casserole Side (or for Tom … Main) We love potatoes at the Casa de Mai Tai. For Thanksgiving we always make Tom’s Mom’s Sour Cream and Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes and for the holidays we enjoy Crispy English Potatoes with Pancetta.       […]
June 15, 2023

Make-Ahead Zabaglione with Mixed Berries and Amaretti Topping

Whisk It Good! Make-Ahead Zabaglione with Mixed Berries and Amaretti Topping Every vacation Tom falls in love with a new dessert.  One year it was panna cotta, the next year tarte tatin.  On an evening in Roma in 2009 Tom “met and fell in love” with zabaglione, or as it […]
March 10, 2023

Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake

Irish Whiskey Dessert Takes The Cake! Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake Dessert BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER! And so easy. A friend served this for dessert (and breakfast the next day) and it could be the best chocolate cake I’ve tasted yet. No fancy frosting. A simple yet indulgent deep, rich, moist […]
December 18, 2022

Cathedral Window Candy

Windows Of Opportunity Cathedral Window Candy Dessert Here’s a blast of nostalgia that arrived in my in-box recently, Cathedral Windows. The last time I had one of these chocolate marshmallow delights was in high school when our neighbor, Mrs. Stetler, made them for Christmas. They are called Church or Cathedral […]
December 10, 2022

Swedish Saffron Cake (Saffronskaka)

Swedish Sensation Swedish Saffron Cake (Saffronskaka) Dessert Here is a moist, delicious cake I came across in an Eating Well article on saffron. The cake originated in Sweden where it is called, Saffronskaka, and is frequently served on St. Lucia’s Day celebrated on the 13th of December in Sweden, Norway, […]
November 11, 2022

Make-Ahead Tom’s Gruyère Mac and Cheese

Overnight Sensation Make-Ahead Tom’s Gruyère Mac and Cheese Main We’ve hosted Thanksgiving almost every year since 1990. (I can’t remember ever being that YOUNG!!) I always ask our guests what is a “must have” tradition at Thanksgiving, and Mac & Cheese is a frequent request.  We are crazy about Tom’s […]
September 14, 2022

Tom’s Famous Black Russian Bundt Cake

Simply Irresistible Tom’s Famous Black Russian Bundt Cake Dessert From MaiTaiTom’s Kitchen baby!  Every great chef has his or her Signature Dish. I’m not a great chef nor do I play one on TV, but this is my Signature Dessert, and the reason is that it is so damned easy […]
July 18, 2022

Crispy Saffron Rice with Chicken and Lemon Zest

Rice With A Little Crunch Crispy Saffron Rice with Chicken and Lemon Zest Main The gift that keeps on giving! Amazingly, I still have some saffron my friend, Joanne, brought from the Spice Souk in Dubai. The saffron is a deep, rich scarlet color and so fragrant, it should be […]