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 [...]

Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

Most people who know me will tell you I am not a big fan of Halloween. Sure, I love the excuse for purchasing massive amounts of candy sans guilt of any kind; the warmly-glowing light of jack-o-lanterns, which in some cases have really intricate artistic designs; and when kids go door-to-door trick-or-treating and seeing all [...]

Pumpkin Pots de Crème

Pumpkin Pots de Crème

It’s October and it really is pumpkin madness month! I’ve raved about the fall season and how it is my favorite: the gorgeous fall colors, the cooler weather, the crisp morning air, the dramatic changes in foliage, the squirrels busily hoarding nuts for the winter. It’s nature’s most spectacular display of color, and a wonderful [...]

Maple Cookie Sandwiches

Maple Cookie Sandwiches

Welcome Fall! How many of us have been waiting for this season to arrive since at least August? I know I’m not the only one to have a special fondness for this beautiful season of crimson and gold colors. Some of my baker friends have been ready to embrace the change of season and have [...]