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…

The emBRACEable Gourmand

I’ve started a new food blog specifically for adults with braces called The emBRACEable Gourmand. Come read about it here and get this fabulous summertime dessert of Coconut Crème Brûlée with Banana suitable for everyone. .

Mango Caipirinhas

One of my favorite drinks is a Caipirinha. I remember being introduced to them by an old friend named Andy ,who had a Brazilian girlfriend and sought to educate me on many things Brazilian. We were at a Brazilian music event in Chicago and I drank eagerly  much to my hung over  regret the next…

Beer Bread / Pain à la Bière from The Art Of French Pastry

A few years ago I invested in a few professional level courses at French Pastry School Chicago. The extensive workshops were a game changer for me  and my level of confidence  in the kitchen. I had some great instructors who are really pushing the scene the pastry arts .  One of the co founders of…

Hazelnut Stracciatella

Forgive the lapse in blogging these days. As we all know sometimes we need to step back, reassess,and wait for inspiration to awaken. I never stopped cooking, but just needed to step away from telling the neverending story. We have been travelling a bit ,and our journeys have taken us to Lisbon,Estoril,Stockholm and Rio De…

Old El Paso Deep Fried Quesadillas and Salsa for Game Day

  Looking for a tasty crowd pleasing treat for Game Day? These Old El Paso Deep Fried Quesadilla’s and Salsa treats will be be welcome treat. I confess, I’m not a huge sports fan, but I always make sure Certain Someone and any guests we may have lack for nothing in the food and drink…

Pillsbury Chocolate Almond Crescent Rolls

How was your Thanksgiving ? I have to say its one of my favorite cooking holidays, even if I’m just cooking for two. Things are picking up at this time of year, and I love quick tasty ideas to whip up. Certain Someone and my new work colleagues declared this recipe for Pillsbury Chocolate Almond…

Pillsbury Crescent Rockefeller… Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

Certain Someone and I love Oysters Rockefeller. It’s one our favorite steakhouse appetizers. I love the elegance and refinement of bubbly oysters baked in their shells on a salt bed with spinach, a splash of Pernod, butter, cheese and garlic. The origins of the original dish are clouded in a veil of secrecy. It was…