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 [...]

Chocolate Lilac Pots de Crème with Lilac Cream

Chocolate Lilac Pots de Crème with Lilac Cream

Every spring, I’m obsessed with the beautiful pastel colors blooming in the garden, and I somehow want to capture all the beauty and intoxicating scents of spring. Lilacs are one of my favorites because they have such a wonderfully sweet, nostalgic perfume, and I have so many good memories associated with them from Louisa May [...]

Strawberry Custard Tart

Strawberry Custard Tart

It’s Mother’s Day and I am in awe of the dedication and hard work that mothers and grandmothers everywhere around the world devote to their children, partners, and families. I was blessed to come from a long line of very caring, organized, dedicated women at the center of family life. I would not be able [...]