Ameh for Eid il-Burbara

A couple of days ago a friend from Lebanon told me about Eid il-Burbara or Saint Barbara’s Day, a holiday celebrated on December 4th in Lebanon and some other Middle Eastern countries. Because there are traditional Lebanese dishes associated with the holiday, I knew I just had to try at least one of them and share it with you. I chose… Read More

Cardamom Crumb Cake

Today I was pleasantly surprised to receive a birthday e-card. You see, today is not actually my birthday, but it is the birthday of Sainte Martine, and I likely would not be named Martine if not for her. Not one to miss an opportunity to celebrate, I could think of no better way to mark “our” birthday than baking this… Read More

Raw Pumpkin Tart

Pumpkins are often the star of all the hard-shelled squashes. From pumpkin spiced lattes to pumpkin soup to pumpkin bread, recipes for pumpkin abound. And with good reason, pumpkins are not only delicious, but also nutrient dense. Did you know they could be eaten raw? Interestingly, raw pumpkin has a hearty, rich flavor that makes it a… 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

Les Boules Coco

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus Marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, the winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June. Around the world, it has played an important role in cultures—from ancient… Read More