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Coconut Blueberry Tea Cake

Coconut Blueberry Tea Cake

I received a very special book in the mail last week: a cookbook from New Zealand! Last summer I met the author, Penny Webster, at Chateau de Gudanes during the Cooking in the Cuisine workshop, and we instantly connected talking about food and this beautiful […]

Ice Cream Cake à la Française

Ice Cream Cake à la Française

The Frenchman’s birthday was last week and I had far too much fun making not one, but TWO birthday desserts. I’m not sure which was my favorite, but with the heat we’ve been having in Strasbourg, I’m leaning toward the ice cream cake. Called Vacherin […]

Chocolate Raspberry Financiers

Chocolate Raspberry Financiers

The story of the financier is that they were invented by a pastry shop in the Stock Exchange sector of Paris as little cakes in the shape of gold bars that businessmen could put in their pocket as a snack for later. The almond cakes […]

Rhubarb Stripe Cake with Lemon and Ginger

Rhubarb Stripe Cake with Lemon and Ginger

Rhubarb used to be this very mysterious fruit to me. Or was it a vegetable? I’d heard of the classic rhubarb-strawberry pie combination but only a few years ago when I asked an American guy I was dating what his favorite dessert was. Maybe it […]

Blackberry & Passionfruit Cheesecake

Blackberry & Passionfruit Cheesecake

There is something about simplicity that brings out the best flavors. Like the classic New York Style cheesecake which the Frenchman was dying to try so he could see what the traditional American cheesecake was like. I’ve got to admit though that plain ole’ cheesecake […]

Blood Orange Tea Cake

Blood Orange Tea Cake

Hmmm… I stared suspiciously at some oranges at the farm stand down the road… They were simply marked at “Oranges from Italy” but those red splotches told a different story. These couldn’t simply be oranges.. but blood oranges. Highly sought after with a short season, blood oranges […]