Seasonal and Holiday Favorites

Now is about the time I start to think of holiday meal planning and I’m often swapping recipes and ideas with friends and family. Here’s a list of a few of my seasonal and holiday favorites from the archives. Happy Holidays! Much love, peace and happiness to you. ~ Martine SAVORY Walnut and Mushroom Pâté – For… Read More

Cardamom Scented Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you’ve heard of the 80/20 rule you’ll know that it’s not a particular type of diet, but more of a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable health benefits. Simply, the principle behind the rule is to eat nutritious foods most of the time (8- percent) and allow yourself to indulge a little the other 20… Read More

Superfood Green-ola Bars

I want to make green granola bars, she said. Green, as in the color green???, he asked Yes, she answered. Green. Dubiously, he asked, how? Spirulina, of course!, she said with a smile. Spirulina is a natural algae powder that is quite high in protein and nutrients. Though more of a marketing term, the word superfood could definitely be… Read More

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

Chocolate-Hazelnut Buckwheat Tart

Happy Holidays Friends! Last week I mentioned that I had entered my Sweet Potato Cake (I added new/updated photos to the post) and Chocolate-Hazelnut Buckwheat Tart in a local baking contest. The next day I was so happy and excited to find out that my cake won first place and my chocolate tart won 3rd place! So today… Read More

Vol-au-vent with Gianduia Cream and Prunes

When I first saw these little gems in La Cucina Italiana, the Italian kitchen magazine, I knew I was destined to try them in my own kitchen. French for “windblown,” a vol-au-vent is a small, very light and hollow pastry. They’re essentially made by cutting puff pastry into shapes, then cutting a hole in one… Read More