Traditional French Cassoulet

Last November my husband, mother and myself strolled the streets of Paris in search of Cassoulet. We found a small restaurant with owner and Chef Liliane. She was so gracious, when my husband explained to her my love of cooking and learning she brought me into her kitchen and taught me her recipe for Cassoulet!…

Baba au rhum

This is a recipe I learned in Paris France. Its very similar to my grandmothers Soap Borracha recipe however, this recipe is almost like a brioche dough. The pans used are hard to find they are called Savarins. They look like  a miniature bunt pan.  If you can’t find them use, any small bundt mold…

Aunt Jeanette’s Pecan Pie

My Aunt Jeanette makes the best pies. As a young new bride and pastors wife she would bake and sell pies in order to help generate income. Sounds like a Proverbs 31 women to me ! She tells me the story that her pies became so popular that she would make 40-60 pies a day,…

French Onion & Tomato Tart

My niece Juju from France shared her recipe for this tart, well sort of, it was a recipe more like, make a crust, caramelized onions, thin sliced tomatoes, add fresh herbs and bake for 20-25 minutes. So, I created my own recipe and I must say it takes me back to France! Tart Crust Adapted from…

Cooking in Prague!

  My husband and I planned a trip to Eastern Europe. So I decided to take a class in the Czech Republic in the beautiful city of  Prague.I found Chef Bara  on the Travelove  website. Joining us were our 2 nieces (Julia and  Melissa from France). She met us all at her apartment off a lovely square…

Italian Dinner Party

      #italiandinner, #Focaccia,#Tiramisu,#Chicken Piccata, #PizzaDough #Antipasto, #Fettuccine #johnsonvillebrats My niece Adrianna wanted to throw a special dinner party for her mothers birthday. So, we created an Italian themed dinner party. Everything was made from scratch including the pasta. We had such a good time cooking together. Our menu included:Antipasto, Rosemary Focaccia bread with kosher…

La Tarte Tropezine

#tartetropezine #patisserie #cream Follow my Brioche Dough Recipe on my blog for Brioche Au Sucre: Bake half of the dough into a cake pan as if you are making a round cake. Pastry Cream Recipe ( Patisserie Cream): Ingredients 2 cups milk (480ml) 4 egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup Moench patisserie Creme Vanilla…

Brioches au Sucre

Brioche Dough Recipe: 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast 1 cup white sugar 6 cups all purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting 1 cup milk 1 cup warm water 8 egg yolks 1 sticks salted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature 1 teaspoon salt *SUCRE topping ( Pearl sugar)  I purchased while in France…

Chicken with lemon, rosemary and potatoes

#chickenlemonrosemary Adapted from foodnetwork skillet chicken This makes a quick weekday meal. My husband loves the taste of the Paris, France Market roasted chicken and this is pretty close given the short time it takes to prepare and get on the table. Ingredients 3/4 pound small potatoes, halved, or quartered if large Kosher salt 2…

Cauliflower with Tahini and Date Syrup (Silan)

    Adapted from #cookinisrael #orlyziv 1 head of cauliflower (about 2 lb.), cored and broken into florets 2 tablespoons olive oilKosher salt Tahini  (sesame seed paste) Date syrup ( Silan found in your Kosher market)2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice Sea salt  pomegranate seeds and parsley flakes to finish   Directions 1. Preheat oven to 500°. …

Cook in Israel

My husband and I took a Market Tour and cooking class from #orlyziv at #cookinisrael a few months ago. We met her at the Carmel Market and she told us about the unique food and spices in the market. She also stopped at several speciality eateries and we ate along the way. It was a…

Poached Pears

Last year while in Spain I took a cooking class and I learned how to make this elegant but easy dessert. #poachedpears #desserts Poached Pears Adapted from Recipe of Alton Brown Ingredients 1 (750-ml) bottle white or red wine 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 6 firm Bartlett, Anjou or Bosc pears,…