Orange Blossom Cream Tart with Strawberries

Orange Blossom Cream Tart with Strawberries

Winter is finally over! We got the last flurries this week, and they melted mid-morning under the early spring sunrise. I spotted the first burgundy-purple sprouts of tulip leaves timidly rising among winter’s carcass of dead leaves. How wonderful it is to see the thaw after the long winter and gradually get ready to sprout [...]

Blackberry Lavender Ganache Tart

Blackberry Lavender Ganache Tart

             When I was in my teens, I had the privilege of going to Europe. Being an avid reader, I had read many novels that took place in European cities like Paris, London, and Rome, but I think until that trip, the beauty of those European places was almost fictional in my mind. I hadn’t [...]

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

It’s almost Thanksgiving! One of the most important national holidays in the United States, celebrating the first successful harvest that the Pilgrims and Native Americans held together on American soil, and while no record exists of that first Thanksgiving’s menu, we know that the table was covered with dishes of poultry, corn, pumpkins, and squashes [...]

Funfetti Madeleines

Funfetti Madeleines

It’s Father’s Day and I can’t believe we are onto the last two weeks of the month of June. Summer is here and Minnesota is abloom in all its emerald green leafy goodness, with a canopy of shade trees lining the streets, gardens full of leaves and flowers, and lake season in full swing. Summer [...]