Archive for October, 2018

sunken black forest cake

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Homemade Marshmallows

I really, really wanted to start this post by bitching about the weather. Something my poor family has to endure for much of the winter. But, I’ve decided to rise above the whining-chatter in my head and embrace the weather.…

Spiced Honey Cakes

I always wonder, when I open a cookbook, what recipe is going to jump out at me? I sometimes head for the dessert chapter first, but since man (and everyone else) can’t live by dessert alone – unfortunately – so…

Contest Winning Coconut Cookies

These Contest Winning Coconut Cookies are from the Great Minnesota Cookie Book by Rick Nelson and Lee Svitak Dean. I often bake from books written by other bakers I admire, but sometimes inspiration comes, not from the professionals, but from…

Cèpes, pistache et pétales de poire séchés

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On ne peut pas dire que 2018 soit une “année à champignons”… On a beau quadriller toute la forêt, pas l’ombre d’un petit chapeau. Un automne bien trop sec aura donc eu raison de nos cueillettes alors à défaut, c’est…

candy pork

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Thanksgiving Dinner with Harry and David Gourmet Foods

Thanksgiving Dinner with Harry and David Gourmet Foods

Holidays get crazy around here, but that doesn’t seem to stop me from entertaining and having as many holiday parties as I can. I mean, is it even a holiday season without a little madness? With that I’m always trying…

Triple-Layer Parsnip Cranberry Cake

For those of you who have followed my blog since 2007, you’ll know I am a tremendous fan of Dorie Greenspan. I’ve considered her a mentor in my own career as a chef and cookbook writer. She is the absolute…

Cuisiner : un loisir à ne pas manque

Devenu le meilleur passe-temps des Français après le bricolage, l’art de cuisiner séduit tout autant les hommes que les femmes. Souvent pratiqué en famille, il peut aussi bien se faire en solitaire pour se faire plaisir ou pour évacuer le…

Kitchen Appliance Remodel

Kitchen Appliance Remodel

I’ve been wanting new kitchen appliances forever, so I jumped at the chance to partner with Lowe’s and Samsung to equip my kitchen with a few of Samsung’s newest and best kitchen appliances. Samsung has been our top choice since…

Poires infusées aux noix caramélisées

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C’est la saison des poires et on a le choix dans les variétés. J’avais déjà fait cette recette avec des pêches de vigne vers la fin août. La saison avance, les fruits changent, je l’ai donc adaptée en choisissant des…

Sandrine Chappaz Chocolate

A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip to the Savoie, a region of France that was once a dukedom of Italy. As you travel through France, especially away from the center of the country, you see more influences…

a common table is out!

a common table

It’s out! A Common Table is on shelves today, and I need someone to just pinch me now.

B2 and I have been talking about how funny the timing is for this passion project of mine. I first started writing this…

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

I’ve known my husband and his family for 30+ years and in all those decades there is a story about a cake that has been the heart of my career goals. Just to be clear, this is not the cake. This…

The Season for Lemon Rosemary Cookies

I stood in front of my closet, in a state of apparent confusion, for several minutes. I knew it would be unseasonably hot in Rome the following day, and yet everything around me was screaming ‘it’s fall, for God’s sake,…