Friday, July 4, 2014

hooray for the red, white & blue

To celebrate the holiday, we breakfasted on a rich & moist coffee cake loaded with strawberries & blueberries from Walker Farm, with a creamy white chocolate créme anglaise to give it a festive twist. Enjoy the holiday, & cook something delicious with friends & family!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

cheers

Strawberries + rosé + great coffee + long forest treks + future plans coming to fruition = terrific weekend!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

sweet summer


Our own strawberries disappeared quite quickly, finding themselves either on top of some delicious ice cream after our evening meal, or in the paws of neighborhood squirrels. We regularly go to Walker Farm for fresh produce during the week, so we happily brought home some of their sweet, flavorful berries to create a summery chocolate palet: sliced & oven-dried strawberries marinated in an aromatic balsamic vinegar & studded with a few large grains of pink sea salt. The concentrated sweetness & tartness of the berries made a wonderful counterpoint to sea salt & creamy, rich dark chocolate, perfect with a glass of summer rosé. Salut!

Friday, June 20, 2014

after a long winter's nap



This was a tough winter, bitter & cold, & snowed under with family illnesses (most mended or on the mend, thankfully). The weather has warmed up, the garden is going crazy, & I'm feeling inspired to get back in the kitchen. I made Smoked Almond palets in honor of cold weather past, & have my eye on future strawberry delights in honor of the abundance warm weather has brought. Cheers!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

late summer outdoor fête



The end of the summer was toasted with friends, crisp champagne, local cheeses & flavorful chocolate. Made with blended chocolates from Central America terroirs, I created a couple of different chocolate palets (bite sized chocolates flavored with aromatic oils & spices) for the occasion. Warm & aromatic, dark xocolatl palets with cocoa nibs, cinnamon & cayenne are a classic combination, the sweetness of the spice & heat from the pepper rounded out the deep & fruity chocolate blend nicely. Creamy chocolate palets with white truffle oil & smoked sea salt were a hit; the milky blend of chocolate & smoky piquancy of the sea salt complimented the earthy mushroom oil marvelously. Cheers!

Friday, June 14, 2013

festive fraise

A most wonderful cocktail party thrown by a fantastic cook & friend called for some special summer chocolates: dark chocolate hearts filled with a strawberry/balsamic/port wine reduction & studded with pink Hawaiian sea salt. Cheers!

Monday, November 26, 2012

holiday cheer


Happiest of Holidays to everyone, & thank you for all of your support & enthusiasm. May the New Year be sweet!

Many thanks to my talented & supportive friend Karen for the photo styling xo