Chocolate Orange-Cardamom Cookies

When it comes to desserts, I’m not much of a cookie baker. I’m usually the cake maker, but I thought it’s about time I share a cookie recipe on the blog. So, I made cookies for you today. Flecked with orange zest and studded with crunchy pecans, these semi-crispy cookies are fragrant, full of cocoa… Read More

Mini Banana Apple Bran Muffins

With all the flavor of a big muffin, these mini muffins fit nicely into little hands, and big ones too.  As a mother aspiring to raise a “Petit World Citizen,” I was happy to accept a recent invitation to a morning café with French speaking mothers and their children. As my French speaking ability is far… Read More

Pumpkin Bars

Moist and soft, pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are a great way to welcome the fall. One of my all time favorite pumpkin recipes is pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. For nearly 15 years, every fall I have been making pumpkin bars to rave reviews. As the official start of fall begins tomorrow,… 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

Blackberry Crumb Muffins

Two old Bachelors were living in one house; One caught a Muffin, the other caught a Mouse.  —Edward Lear Families across Europe and North America celebrate the arrival of warm weather with berry-picking expeditions. First luscious strawberries, then dusky blueberries, and finally fragile raspberries and plump blackberries later in season. Sprinkled whole over ice cream… Read More

Bastille Day

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité National motto of France July 14th was La Fête Nationale for France.  Also known as Bastille Day, this national holiday celebrates France’s freedom from monarchial rule and coincides with the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a large French jail that was a symbol of the King’s power. Very similar to… Read More