Dark Chocolate-Espresso Tart with Cardamom Meringue

I created this tart with Valentine’s Day in mind. If your special person isn’t a sociopath and loves chocolate, this recipe is THE ONE. Chocolate shortcrust pastry, dark chocolate ganache enriched with espresso, topped with mounds of toasty cardamom meringue. Plus, it’s pretty. This was my first time playing around with meringue, and let me…

One-Pan Fish Roast

There’s something about fish that feels fancy and grown-up, even if you got it in the freezer section of the grocery store. This dish is perfect for a week night, and not too complex for picky eaters (hello, husband). Crispy potatoes, roasted onions and blistered cherry tomatoes pair with any semi-firm white fish beautifully! One-Pan…

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Ever since I was about 12, my mom used to make us cinnamon rolls for Christmas. She’d make dozens upon dozens and give them away for Christmas presents, and we’d be drawn into the kitchen by the intoxicating smell, begging for a bit of icing or the littlest roll in the pan. Although that recipe…

Mrs. Bean’s Famous Nutmeg Ginger Applesnaps

Fantastic Mr. Fox. The charming movie adapted from the book by Roald Dahl. And if you haven’t seen it, you need to watch it. Its hilarious wit and sweet message about working together and welcoming differences make it a heartwarming family film that’s easily in my top 5 kids movies. Not to mention, it’s stop-motion…

Wild Mushroom & Leek Quiche

I’m OBSESSED with mushrooms. I’ve also recently developed an obsession with leeks. So, I thought to myself, why not create a recipe that combines them into a super awesome pie of obsession? And it was a great idea. My mom makes a delicious kielbasa quiche, and I pawned the custard part of this recipe from…

Slow-Cooker Leek & Potato Soup

I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. A lot of soups. So much so, that Alec has been asking, “What soup is for dinner?” every day. The weather is definitely to blame- this rainy, November chill has been driving me to the kitchen for cozy, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. Potato soups definitely fit in that…

Mushroom Toast with Herbed Ricotta

This one is for all my mushroom lovers. Great for breakfast, or lunch, or even at 10pm with your favorite movie and bottle glass of Malbec. No one’s judging here. Ingredients: 16 oz (2 packages) white mushrooms 1 stick butter 1 cup ricotta 4 oz softened cream cheese 1 tablespoon of fresh mixed herbs (I…

Creamy Malfaldine with Pancetta & Thyme

Did you know? Authentic Alfredo doesn’t use a drop of cream. It’s actually a beautiful emulsion of pasta water, butter, and high quality cheese that creates the creamy, dreamy sauce. I decided to add pancetta and thyme to make this into an easy, hearty, yet elegant weeknight meal even my picky husband would like! I…

Brioche Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Dough recipe here Brioche. Buttery, flaky goodness in a loaf. Combine that with cinnamon rolls and pumpkin…and oh, my. The dough recipe makes enough for two loaves, so I just separated half for these cinnamon rolls and half for a loaf. (french toast, anyone?) I’d recommend making the dough the night before and sticking it…

New York Style Bagels

For recipe, click here This recipe blew my socks off! It has been one of Alec’s favorites by far, so much so that he saran-wrapped the crap out of the remaining bagels and brought them down to our room for safe keeping. I never had a bagel fresh out of the oven before, and let me…