Feb 1 2010

Buttermilk Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes & Lemon Curd

Better late than never. This past Friday was in fact, National Blueberry Pancake Day according to Bon Appétit magazine. Apparently my biological foodie clock is almost in sync because I already had plans to make this for our Sunday brunch. Once upon a time when I still lived in California, one of my most beloved restaurants ...

Jan 14 2010

Hearty Beef Chili

Alas, a real deal manly meal! No truffle oil, no hollandaise, no puff pastry. It doesn't have any fancy French words thrown in like mousse, roulade or frisée. Just a good ol' hearty meal after a long day in the fields, harvesting wheat in your tractor (is that what you even use a tractor for???). I ...

Jan 7 2010

Truffled Mac n’ Cheese & Wild Mushrooms

Talk about culture shock. It was only his second week away from his motherland, a place that boasts over 3,000 varieties of cheese. At the high-pitched sound of a beeeeeeeeeeep, a tiny bowl of gooey flourescent orange food emerged from the microwave. Welcome to AM-ER-ICAAAA! Microwaveable pasta and orange powdered cheese from a blue box ...

Jan 4 2010

Eggs Benedict on Quack

Bonne année et bonne santé! It's been a hectic month with all the baking, gift-wrapping, train rides and weekends away from home. Our apartment is in dire need of a disaster relief task force to finally get things back in tip top shape. But first, I need to divulge our recent addiction to quack. It all ...

Dec 23 2009

Pupcakes For Cowboy & Ninja

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 21 2009

Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches & Peppermint Creme

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

Pepperminty Chocolatini

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

Pumpkin Spice Muffin

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

Mixed Berry Crumble

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

Cranberry Muffin

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

Pomegranate Sparkle

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

Proscuitto Egg Cup w/ Wild Mushrooms

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 ...