Burma, A World Apart

This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about. — Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898) Kipling was right. Burma (also known as Myanmar) is such a very unique and fascinating place. For years it was a pariah state and isolated from the rest of the world. As a result, it… 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

Petit World: What and Where is this?

Bienvenue again to the Petit World series which features faces, places, architecture and other cultural aspects of life from across the globe. In our last edition of the Petit World series, I showed you photographs of the faces of two beautifully exotic women and asked you to guess where they were from. I received several correct responses,… Read More

Petit World: Where are we from?

Introducing the Petit World series, which will feature faces, places, and other cultural aspects of life from across the globe. Can you guess the ethnic group and country of the beautiful women pictured below? I had the pleasure of meeting them a few years ago while on assignment. Hint: We are mainly agripastoral people. In the… Read More

Almond Praline Cake with Mascarpone Frosting and Chocolate Bark

A party without cake is just a meeting.  —Julia Child There’s a special place in the lexicon of decadent birthday cakes for layer cakes made with exotic and rich accoutrements like a dense chocolate ganache and mascarpone frosting.  So, when I had to make a birthday cake this weekend I aimed for nothing less than… Read More