energy granola bars from baking chez moi

fruits and nuts granola bars / Patty's Food

Have I ever mentioned that I like dried fruits and nuts in my granola?  Well, sometimes I do, like this time when they are in my granola bars.  These homemade bars are so much “better than any store bought variety” and they even have, what I think comes from being a French inspired granola bar, […]

Iced Spelt Persimmon Cookies

persimmon cookies / Patty's Food

With a few adaptions, such as using spelt flour, these are the same cookies we made every year when our neighbors gave us a bag of ripe persimmons from their tree.  So, last Saturday at the farmer’s market when I saw the display of ripe, cookie ripe, persimmons I could only think of one thing…make […]

Musician’s Brittle~de musico~ and My Trip to Andalusia, Spain

Musician's Bars / Patty's Food

  I’m home from our 2 week trip to Spain and while I’m happy to be home there are so many things I enjoyed and remember about our trip.  I know my husband is missing his daily siesta and says that’s why he’s going to bed earlier at night.  I miss the daily adventure of […]

White Chocolate Blondies with Cranberries, Pecans and Candied Ginger

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  I feel like Target introducing Christmas before Thanksgiving with these pretty white chocolate blondies with cranberries, pecans and candied ginger but it’s Chocolate Party time and the theme for this month is chocolate baked with cranberries.  The first week of November is time to at least start thinking about if not planning our holiday […]

Light Banana Chunk Muffins

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Banana chunk muffins are the latest addition to my expanding collection of light baking recipes.  I’m exploring another new to me cook book, Light and Easy Baking by Beatrice Ojakangas.  Her light baking cook book is filled with simple easy to follow recipes for all the things I like to bake including a chapter on […]

Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad For French Fridays

  Because of black quinoa’s striking color, reminds me of wild rice, I decided to use it in my salad this week for French Fridays with Dorie.  Attempting to give my salad even more visual pizazz  I added orange zest and crème fraiche with sprigs of watercress on top.  I did a fair amount of […]

Beggar’s Fusilli Friday with Dorie

Did I use fusilli instead of the linguini called for in this recipe from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan because I wanted to title my post French Fusilli Friday??  Maybe but more likely because I love a thicker corkscrew type of pasta to soak up the rich flavorful sauce I made using Dorie’s […]