Dec 28 2009

Poached Pears In a Shiraz Reduction – Fancy Shmancy

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What better way to jump back from my holiday hiatus than a post-Christmas dessert. Perfect on a winter day and light enough to revive me from food coma…


Dec 23 2009

Pupcakes For Cowboy & Ninja

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This post is dedicated to the two furry, four-legged loves of my life. Meanwhile, the two-legged love of my life is probably snooping around the kitchen trying to sneak a bite of these pupcakes. All three of them have a lot in common. They eat everything. They say dogs tend to adapt their owner's personality ...


Dec 22 2009

Truffe Au Chocolat – Chocolate Truffles

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The inspiration to many of our culinary musings, his mother has given us countless recipes from her own archives. En français, of course. I hope one day I won't mistakenly put ground beef in a mousse au chocolat recipe... "Oh! It said œuf (egg)? Not bœuf (beef)?!" It's always an adventure to translate the recipes from ...


Dec 21 2009

Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches & Peppermint Creme

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If peppermints were animals, they would probably go into extinction due to all the peppermint consumption around the holidays. So it's a good thing they're not because I've been using an awful lot of them in my recipes lately. I'm not usually a peppermint fan but I feel like I've been socially conditioned to enjoy this ...


Dec 18 2009

Pepperminty Chocolatini – Holiday In a Glass

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Godiva white chocolate liqueur with swirls of peppermint schnapps - for those who prefer to drink their dessert. I'm an equal opportunity dessert consumer. And although I'm not a huge fan of sugary sweet libations, I can certainly entertain one of these martinis in lieu of dessert. Served chilled, this decadent white chocolate drink with its ...


Dec 17 2009

Pumpkin Spice Muffin w/ Gingersnap Crumble

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As they say in France, "jamais deux sans trois" - never two without three. So I present to you the third of my recent crumble obsession. I wanted one last chance to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon before the holidays were over. And this is such an easy recipe. Trust me. Since my last pumpkin-gingersnap duo ...


Dec 16 2009

Mixed Berry Crumble For Two

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As I bit into my dessert, memories of this past summer came flooding back. A refreshing jaunt along the Basque coastline with his father and sister. Up and down the cliffside with views of San Sebastien in the near distance. And a rewarding lunch of tagine followed by his mom's delicious berry crumble. It's funny ...


Dec 14 2009

Cranberry Muffins w/ Hazelnut Crumble & Orange Butter

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I woke up Saturday morning with a sudden epiphany. I still had a package of leftover dried cranberries that was the forgotten love child from my curry chicken salad recipe. It was time to put an end to its misery from the back corner of our pantry. Hitting the snooze button on our alarm clock 5 ...


Dec 10 2009

Pomegranate Sparkle

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Eat. Drink. Be merry! The ultimate recipe for a joyful holiday season. You didn't think we could get through this season without any alcohol, did you? I've shared plenty of good eats with you and we're all having a merry ol' time, right? So let's finally check everything off our list and share a few cocktails ...


Dec 10 2009

Prosciutto Egg Cups & Wild Mushrooms

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An entire meal that was invented for  people who like to sleep in on a weekend. A meal that says "Sure! Go ahead and have a few cocktails with your eggs and bacon!". The one meal where you won't be considered an alcoholic for boozing it up before noon. So what's not to love about ...


Dec 8 2009

Tiramisu- La Dolce Vita!

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Sounds fancy. Looks fancy. Hence, it's probably too complicated to make it yourself. I always assumed I'd be better off ordering it from a restaurant than causing a tornado of cocoa powder, mascarpone cheese and lady fingers in our kitchen as I sit defeated in a puddle of espresso. Countless recipes used to and currently intimidate ...


Dec 7 2009

Saffron Risotto

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Risotto is to osso bucco as Robin is to Batman. The ultimate sidekick. This traditional Italian grain with its creamy texture, is such a delicious accompaniment to the meatiness of the braised veal shanks. When we first attempted to make risotto, we must have over estimated the instructions to "keep stirring". For thirty minutes he stood ...


Dec 4 2009

Tom Yum Noodle Soup

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I'm a spicy food fanatic + I love soup. Plus, I love Thai food.  Equals= I love the tom yum soup. It's a simple equation, really. So it was only a matter of time when I would finally make this at home. Another meal that transpired from our whirlwind spree in Chinatown a few weeks ago. ...


Dec 2 2009

Osso Bucco – Or Awesome Bucco???

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Yes, I had to add the cheesy joke. But it's true. Osso bucco is awesome. Slowly braised until the meat is falling off the bone, it is one of my most favorite Italian dishes. Literally meaning "hole bone", osso bucco's prize is the tiny crevice of marrow in the middle. I know. I cringed too ...