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 […]

Chocolate Pound Cake

  A few years ago I discovered my neighborhood used book store.  It’s a not-so-tiny-but-still-cozy place with a steady stream of previously-loved books flowing in.  I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that it would be a wonderful source for old cookbooks–maybe I feared that I’d hurt the nice UPS man’s […]

Chocolate Almond Torte with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

  My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend.  In keeping with tradition, we spent it quietly–no party, no other people; we didn’t even spend the day at the beach, his usual preference.  Instead, we spent most of the day at home, enjoyed being free from obligations and allowed me time to make a little […]

Apricot-Raspberry Bars

  After five days of being home jet lag’s grip is finally weakening.  I consider it a success to have resisted going to bed at 6 pm but rather, making it until 8 pm and not getting up until 6:30 this morning.  As much as I missed cooking it took the better part of the […]

Cinnamon Apple Cake

  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 […]

Vanilla-Brownie Ice Cream

  My husband said to me just recently, “You are obsessed with food”. Really? It’s actually no recent revelation on his part.  I must have been going on and on about food…again.  We are currently on a trip; my senses are alight from the sights, smells, sounds but my taste buds are the most lit […]