Mashed Blueberry Almond Tapenade and Goat Cheese Crostini

Blending the summery flavors of the Mediterranean and the Midwest with the Mashed Blueberry and Almond Tapenade on Goat Cheese Crostini. It's a simple, light appetizer great for nights spent on the patio with a glass of wine.

There is this guy who drives a semi up and down the Midwest stopping at parking lots as he goes selling crates of Georgia peaches, Michigan blueberries, and pecans. He comes to our town 2 or 3 times a year. That is it. His peaches are sweet and juicy – the kind that results in […]

Salted Caramel Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (5 of 8)

My best friend is always telling me I am optimistic. My other best friend (yes, I know…I have two best friends) calls me chica loca (If you have no Spanish to reference that to, that’s Crazy Chic – although how you went so long without learning how to say ‘crazy’ in Spanish is simply loco! […]

Honey-Glazed Spiced Pear Tart

Spiced Pear Tart

I’ve always loved cooking and baking for others. When we lived in France, I had arranged my schedule to have Fridays off. Those were usually my baking prep days on weekends we were having people over for dinner. I dash to the store, blast music from my computer (in those days it was also my […]

Pomegranate Pear Tarte Tatin

Pomegranate Pear Tarte Tatin

You may have noticed the near absence of baked goods on my blog for the past month and a half.  That’s because I was trying to use products we could find locally. (You also probably noticed the spike in my Asian-inspired posts: red oil, chicken bamboo stir-fry, and cold eggplant salad.) But, I found butter […]

How ’bout them sweet potatoes?

Tuna Quiche//Sweet Potato Crust

This quiche recipe makes me crave an all-you-can-eat outing to La Faim des Haricots in Toulouse, France. La Faim des Haricots was not only one of Toulouse’s only vegetarian restaurants, but it was also one of its only all-you-can eat buffet style restaurants, too. All-you-can-eat buffets are definitely not run-of-the-mill in France. Budget-friendly all-you-can-eat restaurants […]

Brioche for Breakfast

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Ratatouille is the only animated film I have willingly watched four times in my adult life. And is it really so hard to see why? I mean hulllooo…France, French food, and a cute little talking mouse that magically pulls on your hair and voilà, you’re a five star chef! But there’s more to it than […]

Eggs En Cocotte (Baked Eggs)

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I have been dreaming of oeufs en cocotte since we left France. I have wanted to place the eggs in some sort of vegetable receptacle since mid-August. Actually, the only times I ever had oeufs en cocotte in France were at this cheap little hole in the wall restaurant that had one of those zany […]

Snip Snap Ginger Syrup

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I was going to start this post by saying, ¨I was first introduced to the magic of Ginger Beer Shanties at the age of 15.¨ Then I used my brain for two seconds and realized that if you don’t get the background information there, you might just have slightly misguided ideas about me. First of […]

Bread Pudding on Crack And Brandy Sauce

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When my overindulgent gene kicks in, and I’m listing things that sound good in a dessert together, my husband just looks at me with his amused face. I’m very familiar with that look and I get it a lot. That amused face has many different undertones. Amused might sometimes lean towards the annoyed when I’m […]

Pain d’épices, French Spice Cake

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My favorite store-bought prepackaged cookie/cake in France was pain d’épices, or Spiced Cake, or perhaps even more commonly translated as gingerbread. Like eggnog, this cake gets mixed reviews by most. And it is nothing like other versions of gingerbread that you might already be familiar with. If you stumbled upon this and were looking for […]