Luxardo Cherry Trifle

According the Oxford Dictionary a Trifle is British noun meaning. a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream. I love trifles as they are a great way to use odd pieces of  this and that and compose into a comforting dessert enjoyed by all. You can make…

Easy Three Ingredient Blender Coconut Ice Cream

I don’t know about you, but I’m longing for the sunshine. In a fit of cabin fever after an endless deluge of  frozen rain and snow, I brainstormed this quick recipe using pantry ingredients on hand. All you need is a food processor or extraction bullet type blender to make this. Impress your friends or family with…

Tasting Rome’s Coda alla Vaccinara ( Braised Oxtail)

I’m going to be brutally honest. A lot of cookbooks are not impressing me these days. They are tritely styled , photographed  and promoted. I like a cookbook with real chops, with substance. I want to be inspired and learn a new twist or turn. I want a cookbook that tells a story and really has a soul. Tasting…

Coco Questionnaire… Five Questions with Eugenia Cheng

Above is a quick water color I did of some Bach sheet music my dear friend and todays subject Dr. Eugenia Cheng posted on her social media after her long awaited piano arrived from the UK. To see her joy reunited with it via Facebook was palpable. I can imagine to be separated from it must feel like…

Chicken Galettes With Broccoli Mustard Cream

Here is a quick and easy idea for a twist on the usual standard dinner fare. I’m not a big fan of skinless boneless chicken breasts, but utilize them occasionally in cooking. I always have some puff pastry in the freezer left over from catering. This particular evening I had some frozen béchamel sauce I…

Coco Questionnaire 5 Questions with Denise Vivaldo

  Chances are you are familiar with Denise Vivaldo’s work, even if you don’t realize it. She’s the behind the scenes cog that keeps that wheel of food going. Chef, caterer, spokesperson, teacher, consultant, producer, author, and now food stylist. She’s in IT, knows  IT, and everyone that matters in food. I own several of Denise’s…

Creamy Artichoke Soup For Easter Brunch

I love the concept of serving a soup in a demitasse. It whets the appetite just enough for the next course. I worked in a place known for luxury that served every patron a small demitasse of chicken consommé. Perfect for the ladies that lunched, or just a soothing balm on a cold rainy day….

Marzipan Petit Fours For Easter, A Time of Resurrection

Easter is upon us. The most important religious holiday for Christians as it symbolizes Resurrection. If you don’t practice Christianity, spring time is about renewal and hope. That is why this holiday is the most energizing and inspiring time for me. New colors, new foods, new looks. It’s about a fresh start and forgiveness. When…