Patricia’s Atelier Chocolat

I love holiday traditions and beautiful customs, especially when they involve handmade holiday gifts made with care and love.  My friend Patricia has a lovely way of celebrating friendship during the holidays. It not only involves good company, but also involves sinfully good desserts, children and chocolate mendiants! Around Christmastime, Patricia invites an intimate group of friends… Read More

À Table!

Take your pleasure seriously. ~ Charles Eames In French, à table literally means “at the table”. Equivalent to “lunch (or dinner) is ready,” the phrase, à table!, is used in many French homes to let people know when the meal is ready to be eaten. The first time I heard of this phrase, I knew I wanted… Read More

GALETTE DES ROIS

In celebration of Epiphany, at the beginning of the New Year French bakeries and pastry shops are filled with special pastries called les Galettes des Rois. After writing about the importance of family traditions, this new year I wanted to follow an interesting, adorable and beloved French tradition surrounding the Epiphany, a Catholic festival or day… Read More

Gougères

Gougères make an elegant alternative to dinner rolls, but are light enough to serve as an appetizer as well. I recently made gougères to accompany an exotic mushroom pâté I served at a play date. The easiest way to describe gougères is to call them savory cheese puffs. Their dough, pâte à choux (or choux pastry), is a… Read More

Ratatouille Spirals

I love cooking, but what’s even more fun is cooking together with a friend who loves to cook just as much as I do. Last week a friend of mine who is an excellent cook, baker and hostess suggested we prepare a dish together. She shared a lovely recipe for ratatouille spirals and within seconds… Read More