Blueberry Spinach Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

I used to think that chefs ate like kings every day. I mean they have all this culinary talent in a kitchen loaded with amazing equipment and a pimped out pantry. Truth is, we seriously suck at feeding ourselves. By the time I’ve spent a 12 hour day making other people food, the last thing […]

Raspberry and Almond Bread Pudding

I’m so not into Valentine’s Day this year. I’ve never really been a fan of the holiday anyway, but after getting divorced it feels like a big fat slap in the face. It makes me feel kind of pathetic and lonely truth be told. To make matters worse I have to work all day. In […]

Apple Pie Jam

How is it that Valentine’s Day has turned into such a big commercial racket? Store shelves are lined with every type of pink and red nick-knack known to man, from heart shaped Peeps to stuffed puppies holding pillows that say, “I ruff you.” Seriously!? Or maybe even worse are all the jewelry catalogues that try […]

Do you lie to your children about food?

Have you ever found yourself having this conversation? Parent (as aloof and noncommittal as possible): I just made some yummy ____________ (fill in the blank here). Do you want to try some? Child (emphatically): No. Parent (puzzled): Why not? Child (in that duh tone they so often use): I don’t like it. Parent (completely exasperated): […]

Spiced Fig and Pear Preserves

I think my mother might have been a masochist… Every time she made jam when I was a kid, she went through this whole big rigmarole with a pressure cooker which used to scare the daylights out of me. Probably because of her insistent warnings that it could explode… Just a wild guess! As a […]

Strawberry Cream Tartlets

Yesterday, in baking class, I burnt both of my thumbs. Today, in my other class (after a night of an hour of sleep – on account of making ice cream at midnight), I cut the end of my thumb. Yeah, my thumb. I’m thinking it’s a REALLY good thing I don’t have class tomorrow… When […]

Meyer Lemon Fruit Salad

If you’ve been reading along with me, you know that one of my finals this term is to create a menu that serves at least four people any food I want.  Hypothetically. Since finals happen to fall around Mother’s Day, I’ve decided on a casual, yet elegant Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch.  The first item on […]

Meyer Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

If you were reading along last week, you know I bought 9 pounds of strawberries to freeze for all my baking.  In which case, you should have seen this post coming a mile away! Not only are strawberries currently in season, but so is just about anything citrus.  Meyer lemons are one of my favorites, […]

Strawberry Season in Central Florida

When I was a little girl and I went to the store with my mom, if they had strawberries it was because they were in season.  Now we can buy them year round, shipped straight to our local grocer from all over the world. This creates several problems.  While the USDA “inspects” all produce coming […]

Blueberry Citrus Sauce

Since it is still National Pancake Week, and no self-respecting pancake would be caught dead without some kind of sauce on it… This was nice and light, not to sweet, and the orange and lemon juices gave it just the right contrast of sweet and sour.  I’m glad we didn’t use it all on the […]