Tag: food

Rediscovering Las Vegas

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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…)

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…)

A Delicious Beet Recipe-Bringing Veggies Back


After spending a month of pure gluttony in France, eating everything from unlimited loaves of crusty French bread to rounds of fresh goat cheese, I am back home and facing the consequences.  I refuse to get on the scale, but I know by the utter snugness of my pants and my inability to button certain shirts that the pounds are ever present.  I need to do some damage control before the holidays and my eldest daughter’s wedding arrives.

I knew that this was my fate before leaving France, so I thought ahead and purchased a French food magazine with loads of vegetable recipes that were rapide and facile-quick and easy. Right up my alley.  I decided that instead of bringing the delicious tradition of eating cheese and bread home with me, I would bring home another and more healthy French tradition…eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.  The French use a huge variety in their cooking and the presentation is always beautiful.  The health benefits are just as important as maintaining a healthy weight. (more…)

The Lure of Chocolate-What is the Attraction?

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Laduree chocolate in ParisI think I’m pretty easy going when it comes to my chocolate. I like it dark; very dark (my favorite); milk; white; with nuts; with fruit; cream filled…well, you get the picture. But what is it that attracts me (or anyone) to the chocolate or pastry? Is it the brightly colored packaging with the beautiful bows or the intricate dusted designs on the tops of glossy chocolates? Is it the perfectly molded chocolate with the nut or fruit garnish that hints of the flavors inside? Or could it be the luxurious textures of chocolate and confections that are assembled like a glorious piece of art? (more…)