Category: Food

Rediscovering Las Vegas

las-vegas sign

I so adore Las Vegas.  My husband and I try to make a trip there a couple times of year.  I really could never tire of it, but this most recent visit to Sin City has me seeing it with different eyes and falling in love with it all over again. (more…)

Tiramisu Chocolate Birthday Cake

Tiramisu Chocolate layer cake

To many people, March represents spring break vacations, spring training baseball games, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the beginnings of spring with buds on the trees and breaking out with the Easter decorations complete with bunnies and pastels.  For me, March represents all of that, PLUS the “birthday month”.  We have 6 family members with birthdays this month and that includes mine and my husband’s! That means a lot of birthday meals and birthday cakes. This year I thought a change was in order for the traditional 2 layer frosted birthday cake. (more…)

Chocolate Hazelnut Apple Cookie Tart

chocolate hazelnut apple cookie tart

Hazelnuts are something that I have grown to truly appreciate.  While they used to be the round, slightly bitter little nut with a thin paper skin that I would try to avoid in the mixed nuts bowl, they have now become a delicious snack and ingredient that I try to use whenever possible.  For many years, my knowledge of the hazelnut was a coffee creamer flavor or a sweet smelling housewarming candle.  No longer. nuts-74362

I have since married a French man who adores the noisette and have visited Europe on several occasions to find that the hazelnut or filbert is a much loved ingredient that is used in all sorts of ways from cooking to baking.   (more…)