French Croissants – Traditional & Pain au Chocolat

Croissants and France. It is nearly impossible to think about one without thinking about the other. And while the history of where the croissant originated is debatable (did it actually originate in Austria in the 17th century?), the understood and agreed upon truth is that a croissant is absolutely scrumptious and made with ample amounts […]

A Flavorful Summer Salmon Recipe

Last spring, I had the opportunity to take a seafood cooking class with my mom at the local community college here in Bend. The kitchen is a teaching kitchen, so it is fully equipped, and the professor of cuisine on this particular day was a cookbook author and seasoned chef who caters throughout the Pacific […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tarte Aux Poires et Amande (Pear & Almond Tart)

Tarts are one of my favorite desserts, and as it is nearing the end of summer, one of my favorite fruits is coming into season: the pear. Last year I shared this pear dessert recipe and my affection became even more heightened for this lovely fruit. The subtle sweet meat of the pear is comforting […]

A Simple Summer Dessert: Homemade Ricotta Mousse with Fresh Berries

Lately I have been trying to stretch my palette as well as my abilities in the kitchen. And often my inspiration comes from delicious food I have the opportunity to enjoy when I dine out and about in Bend or elsewhere. Such was the case when I dined at The French Market a few weeks […]

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Herbs & Chicken

I have been reading this book recently, and as well have been working on reducing the excess sugar in my diet as a new year’s resolution. Farro has danced in my mind as a grain to try, but up until last week, I must admit, I had never tried it. Again, the student must be […]

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 […]

Blueberry & Rhubarb Crostata

Spring desserts beg to involve rhubarb in some way or another. After all, the red stalk is only in season a short while, and it offers such a unique tart taste that pairs well with a variety of fruits. In the past, I have always only paired with strawberries , and in fact, a good […]

A Simple Spring Quiche

French cuisine and quiche. One of my favorite classic dishes from the French repertoire of cuisine is this seemingly difficult, but actually quite facile dinner item. With all ingredients available in one-dish, the clean-up is simple and with the combination of the flaky, buttery crust, it almost tastes like a guilty pleasure. Mais non! It […]