Cherry-Almond Cake

  I parked myself on a bistro table and enjoyed a leisurely lunch of a salad, a baguette and an iced tea.  I was so happy to be seated outside the European bakery in Santana Row on a gorgeous sunny day like today as I toggled my attention between my Kindle and the people walking […]

Coconut Lime Bars

  It’s been 48 hours since my return from Los Cabos, Mexico.  I spent a week lounging, reading, watching the waves and (occasionally) drinking a frozen margarita poolside on the south end of Baja California.  Between swimming and reading I took pictures, lots of pictures.  As usual, organizing them is the part that takes time […]

Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have decided that I will not be growing tomatoes again this year.  I never got around to planning for an enclosure that would protect the tomato plants from the resident deer.  The population seems to grow each year and somehow our yard has been chosen as the place to put down roots.  If […]

Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

  There’s something about putting together a chocolate dessert that is so satisfying (lemon desserts, too, for that matter).  For Easter lunch with my family I was asked to bring something sweet.  A cake is what first came to mind but a few days before Easter I picked up my iPad and flipped through old […]

Chocolate Caramel Blueberry Trifle

  Though I generally lean towards simple, classic foods, putting a twist on an old favorite can be a treat for the taste buds, too.  I’ve shared quite a few recipes here that I’ve left my mark on by putting what some might consider an unusual spin or two–but mostly, they’ve been well received.  I’ve […]

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

  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

  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 […]

Cranberry Bars with Chocolate Shortbread Crust

  The idea for these cranberry bars with a chocolate crust has been brewing for weeks.  I’m part of a fun group of bloggers brought together by our love of chocolate.   Each month we are challenged to pair chocolate with a special ingredient and this month, of course, it’s cranberries.  When the November theme […]