Pineapple Sorbet with Pineapple Sage Blossoms

A survey of my end of summer vegetable garden revealed the scarlet flowers of  a blooming pineapple sage plant, honestly I don’t remember planting it or even noticing it last year.  If you rub the leaves it does smell faintly like pineapple so the idea of infusing simple syrup with pineapple sage leaves and flowers […]

Gravenstein Apple Tart

I want to share a bit of history and information about my favorite apple before I give you the recipe for this wonderful tart. Gravenstein is a variety of apple native to Denmark. The variety was discovered in 1669 as a seedling, there is evidence that it may have originated in Italy and come north […]

Nectarine Sorbet with Cardamom Icebox Cookies

Nectarine sorbet, the third flavor in my summer sorbet series arrives with a twist! I sandwiched my nectarine sorbet between two cardamom ice box cookies.  I have to admit it was a pretty cool treat for a summer afternoon. Once again I attempted to photograph the sorbet before it melts into a puddle. Of course […]

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 […]

Plum and Nectarine Crisp

I did a little foraging on the golf course this weekend and brought home a golf bag pocket full of plums! Even though my husband Scott was a little annoyed by me stripping plums off a plum tree right next to the second tee box on Sunday afternoon instead of focusing on my drive, I […]

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. […]