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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]