Salted Butter Break-Ups for French Friday

The three things I love about this recipe are, #1 You get to use sel gris, french grey sea salt, in a cookie dough with unsalted butter, #2 You get to pound the dough with your rolling pin and #3 You don’t have to be neat, oh and one more, Accuracy doesn’t count!!!!!   I played […]

Mandel-Melbas

I like a thin, crisp, not too sweet, sliced almond filled cookie to dip in my coffee especially on the days when I’m craving something sweet but not too rich.  We’re still in January, the month of trying to eat lighter after  the indulgences around the holidays in December.  February signals the official return to […]

Persimmon Muffins with Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks and A Cookie Recipe

Just for fun I’m also including a recipe for persimmon cookies so please keep reading.  Now back to the muffins…I found a recipe for chocolate persimmon muffins which I’m trying for the first time from one of my favorite new cookbooks, ‘Good To The Grain’ by Kim Boyce.  Her description of the fresh baked muffins […]

Fresh Fig Bars with Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks and Brandy

Several years ago at a restaurant in Boston my husband Scott and I shared a fresh fig and bittersweet chocolate tart. The memory of it and the desire to use fresh figs and chocolate together in a pastry has been with me during every fig season since that time. Being that it is that time […]

Blueberry Sorbet with Lavender Cookies

Blueberry Sorbet, the second in my summer sorbet series, try saying that tongue twister a few times in a row! Even I didn’t know that I had a summer sorbet series going until just now, such a closely guarded secret. I was thinking about blueberry ice cream when I saw the pile of blueberries at […]

Cantaloupe Sweet Basil Sorbet with Toasted Almond Sandies

I found the most beautiful Tuscan style cantaloupes at Oliver’s market in Santa Rosa over the fourth of July weekend. They are distinctive looking with deep grooves and a more oval shape than a regular cantaloupe. They have a deep orange color, a sweet aroma and flavor. I’ve been reading all kinds of recipes for […]

Strawberry Granita with Champagne Sabayon and Coconut Tuiles

Strawberry granita is just one part of this elegant composed dessert that I learned how to make while helping Loretta Keller make pastries in her San Francisco restaurant Bizou which she later transformed into Coco 500. A granita is shaved ice and this recipe with fresh ripe strawberries has an intense flavor of fresh fruit. […]

Island Dream Bars

These bars are plain looking and maybe with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and an orchid on the plate to dress them up they might look a little more tempting but one bite of the buttery cookie crust with a gooey rich topping full of macadamia nuts and coconut will convince you that these are […]