Winter is definitely not at the top of my “favorite season” list. I’ll admit that I enjoy a great snow day once in a while but the gloomy days can carve away at my generally cheerful outlook. I was always taught to count my blessings and oh my goodness there are many. One of the blessings of winter is that soup is always welcome at the dinner table. Most soups are easy enough to prepare and for some reason they cure winter time blues and warm the soul. I like to use this season to add new soups to the recipe box. That is the beauty of soup……there are literally hundreds to try. [Keep reading...]
Pears are one of my current food passions. Cold and busy days mean it is time for comforting food and this Pear and Walnut Crisp is perfect. [Keep reading...]
By this time of year the guilt of over indulging during the holidays has subsided and we have almost 3 weeks of making healthier food choices under our belt. At our house we are definitely ready for a treat.
Macarons are my latest guilty pleasure and I was touched beyond words on my birthday this year when Kathy surprised me with macarons from my favorite pastry guru, au bon macaron. These were perfection and are a wonderful way to celebrate any special occasion. My thoughts turn to years and years ago when my birthday treat always consisted of a slice of Cappuccino Cake from Houlihan’s. It was the perfect duo of chocolate cake and coffee flavored icing, always served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. [Keep reading...]
Warm and comforting.
Winter finally hit with gusto last weekend. To me, that means it is time to take to the kitchen and make warm and comforting foods.
We each have a different definition of comfort food—a dish that reminds you of Mom or Grandma. Or a rich and creamy flavor that just seems to calm your nerves and warm your soul.
To me, this last weekend, rich and creamy hit the mark! I was craving risotto. [Keep reading...]