Friday Flowers: Periwinkles and Peanut Butter S’mores Meringue Pie Recipe

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If you ask me, periwinkles are cute, charming little flowers.  A bunch of them would look great on your dinner table this weekend as a sweet and simple centerpiece.  They're growing everywhere at the moment (in and around LA, anyway). And what's more, little purple periwinkles will nicely complement the looks of this … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Fuchsias and Hazelnut Praline Nutella Pie Recipe

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When I was growing up -- in the time before Nutella was sold almost everywhere -- my friend Tanja always brought jars of it home from her visits to family in Germany. She introduced me to this creamy, oh-so-delicious party in a jar!  Nutella will always bring my mind to Tanja's kitchen . . . and digging right into the … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: Fresh Fruit Tartlets

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A bite of fresh fruit with Vanilla Bean Custard is the perfect finale for our dessert party!  These tartlettes are beautiful and sweet, light and refreshing!There are a few "rules" to remember when making perfect fruit tarts . . . so I learned many moons ago while apprenticing at a fine French bakery.  I was taught … [Read more...]

Dessert Party: Vanilla Bean Custard Recipe And Vanilla Sugar

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Perfect Vanilla Bean Custard. Yup, that's what we're making today. It will be featured in the Fresh Fruit Tartlets we're having at our dessert party next week!  Yesterday, we prepared the Ganache, which is now wrapped and waiting in the fridge.  The party is going to be great, so don't miss it!There's something … [Read more...]

Espresso Ice-Cream Pie Recipe

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I have always wondered how an Oreo cookie crust would taste if I added a handful of espresso powder to it. Truthfully, I've actually been wondering this for about a year. Now I know. It's amazing!We had a birthday dinner for my dad this week (my youngest son guessed he was turning 25).  Well, for a bit more than 25 … [Read more...]