Frozen Chocolate Pistachio Truffle Bars

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A couple of weeks ago, my 9-year-old son and I made a mud pie for my father-in-law’s birthday celebration. Hoping nothing too bizarre would be selected, I let my son choose the flavors. (This was risky because his favorite flavors are often florescent colors of the rainbow!) I was so happy — and relieved — […]

Kale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, Potatoes and Honey Glazed Pistachios


Kale has been one of the hippest, hottest, healthiest foods for a few years now. (Well, it’s been one of the healthiest foods since forever.) I love kale chips. Don’t most of us? I also love kale sautéed until it caramelizes.  Yum! I didn’t, however, think I loved raw kale.  At least, not until recently. This […]

Winter Persimmon Salad with Honey Glazed Pistachios and Blue Cheese


Did you know that just like a bowl of chili, a salad can also be a comfort food!?  It’s so true!  And this Winter Persimmon Salad is a perfect example. This salad is rich with flavor — both sweet and savory — and has warming spices.  I even find a persimmon to be aesthetically comforting […]

Dessert Party: Fresh Fruit Tartlettes

July19-Dessert Party-Fruit Tartlets

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 […]

Friday Flowers: Nastursiums! Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Recipe


Welcome, everybody, to my first “Friday Flowers!” Flowers inspire me greatly — and different flowers make me think about different foods. “Friday Flowers” isn’t necessarily about adding floral items to what I’m cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example Lavender makes me think of […]

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