Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Episode #2, Season 1

One of my favorite desserts that I wait for with anticipation after a long winter is a strawberry rhubarb tart. As rhubarb is one of the first foods in the garden to push its way through the soil, in only a few more weeks time, late spring, the strawberries become ripe and extremely fresh and […]

A Savory Vegetarian Wintery Treat: Mushroom, Thyme and Leek Galette

The recipes I gravitate toward tickle my curiosity, and it is often that a recipe sparks my attention when I least expect it. For example, while I was making the long, wintery drive to my parents’ home this past holiday vacation, I was listening to the many downloaded podcast episodes of the cooking shows I […]

A Simple and Luxurious French Onion Soup

“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.” — Auguste Escoffier, the founder of Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (his tome of a cookbook) Part of the reason to make meals involving brilliant flavors is to fill the home with […]

Chocolate Almond Praline Cookies

Each time my Bon Appétit magazine arrives, I turn the pages looking for recipes I may want to try. Upon located the recipes that tickle my taste buds, I ripe them out and place them on a corkboard I have in my kitchen. In BA’s recent Thanksgiving issue, they shared a cookie recipe that happened […]

David Lebovitz’s French Quiche: Bacon, Green Peas and Tarragon

If there is one meal for dinner I absolutely devoured as a child, it was the quiche my mother would make filled with bacon, vegetables and of course, don’t forget the buttery, flaky crust. As David Lebovitz reminds readers in his new memoir, L’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home, quiche became […]

Tomato Gruyère Tart

Fresh, ripe, juicy tomatoes are about to flood the markets here in Oregon, and I have a simple, delicious recipe you will want to try which will bring those much anticipated flavors to the surface: a tomato and Gruyère tart. Inspired by Ina Garten’s recent recipe, I have tailored it for a smaller serving portion […]

A Fresh Strawberry Tart

A classic dessert recipe to have in your personal cookbook is a fresh fruit tart. Filled with delicious custard and topped with the freshest and your favorite fruit of the season, this dessert is also a beautiful, and more importantly delicious grand finale to a meal. As I approached the recipe, I searched for a […]