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lemon mousse

Lemon Mousse

Lemon mousse is a fresh and easy dessert that combines the tangy flavor of lemon with a light, airy texture that’s incredibly pleasing. This, my friends, is the perfect, prep-ahead dessert for springtime. By definition, a mousse is a soft, sweet or savory, prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to create its distinct silky mouth […]

Dauphinoise potatoes

Dauphinoise Potatoes

I was born in the mid-west and my love of potatoes and cheese confirms that. Dauphinoise potatoes (also known as Pommes de terre dauphinoise, potatoes à la dauphinoise, gratin Dauphinoise, and gratin de pommes à la dauphinoise) is a French dish of sliced potatoes baked in milk, or cream, (or a combination), using the gratin […]

cherry snacking cake

Gluten-Free Cherry Snacking Cake

Inspired by my plum cake, this sweet cherry snacking cake is tender with a light crumb. And the best part, it’s also gluten-free. This simple cake features slightly sweet-slightly tart fresh summer cherries and makes the perfect sweet treat anytime. Enjoy for breakfast with a cup of coffee or on a warm summer evening with […]

crispy tofu

Crispy Tofu With Napa Cabbage

Crispy tofu with Napa cabbage slaw is a tried and true family favorite. Dredging the tofu in cornmeal and cornstarch, before lightly pan frying, creates a crunchy exterior with a soft, pillowy texture inside. This is not my recipe, it’s from Cook’s Illustrated magazine. I have adapted this recipe a little over the years, but […]

truffled quail eggs

Truffled Quail Eggs

Truffled quail eggs have been a favorite of mine for many years. If you’ve been to a dinner party I’ve hosted, chances are you’ve had them. These flavorful, mini, deviled eggs, make phenomenal hors d’oeuvre at just about any gathering no matter what the occasion. What Are Quail Eggs? Quail eggs are, rather obviously, the […]

fallen chocolate cake

Fallen Chocolate Cake

Not all cakes are created equal or considered beautiful, by modern-day standards. The fallen chocolate cake is the most well-known of all the “ugly” cakes. Despite that, I still find it remarkably intoxicating. The cake’s cracks are inviting and its uneven top is a curiosity. What lurks beneath that delicate sugary top layer is a […]

cocadas

Coconut Dulce de Leche Cocadas

These beauties are my coconut dulce de leche cocadas and they are outrageously delicious. Cocadas are a traditional coconut candy or confectionery typically found in Latin America, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela as well as other areas in South America. If you are a coconut lover like I am, these are a must-make. Similar […]

potato waffle

Savory Potato Waffles With Smoked Salmon

This is my latest and greatest obsession; savory shredded potato waffles topped with sour cream, smoked salmon, and scallions. As if breakfast could not get any better, or truthfully, more effortless. I’m talking, about crispy, buttery potatoes, made in minutes in a standard waffle maker, garnished like a baked potato, with sour cream and green […]

butter pecan cake

Gluten-Free Butter Pecan Cake

A gluten-free butter pecan cake with cream cheese frosting is still in my heart. I thought it wasn’t possible, but I proved myself wrong. This lovely layer cake is a nut-lover dream and makes a great addition to any holiday table. Within, you have rich cake layers, studded with toasted butter pecans, separated by a […]

roasted carrots and potatoes

Oven Roasted Carrots And Potatoes

Everyone needs easy side dish recipes. Well, here you go, it does not get much simpler, or more reliable, than this. Crispy oven-roasted carrots and potatoes, aka, sheet pan veggies, that cook up perfectly every time. And the best part is they can be served with anything you can think up, from a quick weekday […]

roasted beet salad

Roasted Beet Salad With Pistachios and Orange Vinaigrette

Beets are a winter essential, loaded with nutrition and low in calories as well. Some say this prominent vegetable may just hold the secret for keeping healthy in cooler months.  This simple roasted beet salad with pistachios, dressed with a punchy orange vinaigrette is a wonderful way to incorporate beets into your diet going forward. […]

seared sea bass

Seared Sea Bass With Shallot Vinaigrette

Summer is all about easy, often healthy(er) recipes and limited prep time. In warmer months most of us naturally gravitate to lighter meals with more fresh vegetables and often less carbs. I aspire to cook like this as much as possible, year-round because I honestly feel better, health-wise, doing so. But truthfully, this is easier […]

matcha and dark chocolate ice cream

Matcha And Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice cream is a universal favorite on a hot summer day and nobody can deny it. Nothing cools you down and brings comfort on a sweltering day, quite like ice cream does. What’s remarkable, is the history of ice cream spans worldwide and over many centuries. This is my latest creation; matcha and dark chocolate […]

Crab Louie salad

Crab Louie Salad

Crab Louie salad, (pronounced LOO-ey), known also as, “the king of salads“, is a well-known dish, most food historians agree, first began appearing on menus of finer West Coast restaurants, sometime between the turn of the 20th century and World War I. Dig a little deeper and you find the first printed recipe for the […]

baba ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Baba ganoush is a levantine dip of mashed broiled eggplants, blended with tahini, olive oil, and seasoning, and it’s a dip I love making in warmer months. There’s lots of speculation about the origin of baba ganoush, but this iconic dip (or a similar version) has likely been around, for over 1,000 years. In Arabic, […]

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