Danish Apple Cake

Danish Apple Cake

  “You have the craziest dreams,” he says.  ” I wish I could dream like that.” My husband says this with almost a note of envy in his voice.  To be honest, I don’t think my dreams are particularly different than others’ dreams.  My personal favorites are the ones when I can fly.  Those where I’m […]

Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears

Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears @lemonsanchovies

  My bedroom in my childhood San Francisco home was situated in front of the house.  My middle sister and I shared an adjoining bathroom while my youngest sister’s bedroom was on the opposite end, next to my parents’ bedroom.  It was not uncommon when I was in junior high school to see kids sitting […]

Europe 2012, Part 1: French Riviera (and an Apple-Chocolate Tart)

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  St. Jean Cap Ferrat was located on the other side of the peninsula, just another French Riviera town listed on the map when my husband and I decided to make Villefranche Sur Mer our base during a visit of the area two years ago.  We were happy to chance upon Villefranche while doing research […]

Caramel Apple Crepes

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  Aside from a couple of outings, I’ve been hiding out in my kitchen all weekend.  It’s rained hard the last few days but Mother Nature seemed most furious last night.  The wind blew hard and howled all night, drowning out the cries of my poor cat who had some business to take care of […]

Apple, Pecan and Brown Butter Steel Cut Oats

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  If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year I hope your stress level isn’t too bad.  Have you managed to beat the crowd and picked up all the items on your grocery list?  Have you been able to cross some of the make-ahead dishes off your list?  This is the second Thanksgiving in 12 years that […]

Cinnamon Apple Cake

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  It’s been a little quiet around here but I promise, my normal blogging schedule will resume soon.  I’ve been busy–walking, eating, sightseeing; in short, delighting my senses away from home.  I am looking forward to sharing the highlights with you when I return but if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook (links on […]

Apple-Pecan Quinoa Muffins

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  I am in love…but my husband need not be concerned.  There is no love triangle that would threaten to take me away from him; in fact, he’s been quite happy with my newfound adoration…for quinoa. In the past, this South American seed (considered to be an ancient grain) would be served in my kitchen […]

Apple-Banana Tart

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The title of this post should read Rustic Apple-Banana Tart.  The first word is my catchall term for all my less-than-photogenic baked goods.  My favorite sweet pastry crust never fails me; in fact, most of the time the recipe is not to blame. It’s this baker.  How could I go from marveling at my perfectly […]