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

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

Three Little Birds

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. ~ Murphy’s Law Edward Murphy probably never imagined that his statement would someday become law. The old adage now symbolizes the error-prone nature of people and processes. If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the… 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

Sweet and Sour Mock Meatballs

I first heard of forest kindergartens (also called forest schools) a couple of years ago when a few European mothers I know where looking at preschool and kindergarten options for their little ones. These schools have been around for a long time in Europe, but only recently have become of growing interest in the U.S. In most kindergarten… Read More