Lemon Verbena Shortbread and a few thoughts on the #ifbc2013

Lemon Verbena Shortbread / Patty's Food

I welcomed myself home with a batch of fresh baked cookies after a weekend trip to Seattle and the #IFBC2013.  First off I want to say that meeting Dorie Greenspan along with the Doristas (participants in the French Fridays with Dorie -the blogging group cooking their way through Around My French Table for the last […]

Gâteau d’Alice (gâteau au chocolat amer)

Alice's Chocolate Cake / Patty's Food

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a very special bittersweet chocolate cake that was given to me by Alice, the daughter of family friends, while we were visiting them in France.  I’m sharing this recipe in French, just the way it was given to me..mostly because the cake will turn out very close to the […]

Sable Breton Galette with Berries and Lemon Curd for French Fridays

Sable Breton Galette with Berries and Lemon Curd / Patty's Food

Could it be possible that I’ve found a new favorite dessert?  I’m talking about a large buttery shortbread cookie spread with a thick layer of homemade lemon curd that’s piled high with fresh berries and sprinkled with lavender vanilla bean sugar.  A BFF of desserts.  Yes, I found a new favorite dessert today. Once again […]

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Tartine with Truffle Honey for French Fridays with Dorie

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Tartine / Patty's Food

This morning on my weekly visit to the Marin county Farmer’s Market at the Civic Center,  I thought -we are so fortunate in Marin County to have one of the best markets in the world right here in our backyard.  Which brings me to this week’s assignment for French Fridays with Dorie, the online cooking […]

Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup for French Fridays with Dorie & Food Revolution Day

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup / Patty's Food

  Today is my second day home from vacation and I’m running around while trying to get to the giant pile of laundry on top of my washing machine.  Today is also the cook’s recipe choice for  French Fridays with Dorie and Cook & Share Food Revolution Day.  I think Dorie’s spicy Vietnamese chicken noodle […]

Berry Financiers for French Fridays with Dorie

Berry Financiers / Patty's Food

  After the disaster I had with the last berry filled pastry for French Fridays with Dorie I wasn’t sure I would attempt another one… I’m happy to report that my berry financiers were a total success and I was excited to use the financier molds that were a gift from a friend and have […]

Shrimp, Wild Mushrooms and Rice Noodles for French Fridays

Shrimp and Rice Noodles for French Fridays / Patty's Food

A package of dried wild mushrooms and a box of thin rice noodles came to the rescue last night as my local market didn’t carry several of the ingredients in this week’s assigned French Fridays with Dorie recipe and I didn’t want to drive over to the Asian market in the next town.  Hey-at least […]

French Yogurt Cake with A Nutella Swirl

French Yogurt Cake with a Nutella Swirl / Patty's Food

  The week between Christmas and New Years is always a time for lists.  The top ten movies, greatest sporting events, biggest disasters, Hollywood divorces, things that made us feel good, things that made us feel bad etc.  So, inspired by my French Yogurt Cake, I would like to add my own top ten list- […]

Cheddar Walnut Crackers for French Fridays

Cheddar Walnut Crackers for French Fridays / Patty's Food

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie savory cracker recipe comes at a perfect time to bake for a holiday party, serve a stack of tender cheddar walnut crackers with small glasses of bubbly and you will have yourself a nice appetizer setup.  Buttery shortbread crackers with savory flavor would also be good added to a […]

Sweet Spicy and Smoky Pecans with A Tour at Safari West

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I’m in love with a bowl of the most beautiful spicy sweet and smoky flavored pecans or rather I’m in love with the memory of a bowl of the most beautiful spicy sweet and smoky flavored pecans.  Did I also mention that I’m in love with ground red New Mexican chipotle peppers and Spanish smoked […]