gingerbread whoopie pies and hot buttered rum sauce

Eggnog, gingerbread and peppermint flavors are on the menu this holiday season. Christmas may come once a year, but there are 25 days in December to get your holiday flavor fix. Incorporate festive tastes like eggnog, gingerbread and peppermint into everything from breakfast dishes to DIY gifts, scrumptious syrups and sips with recipes created and inspired … Continue reading gingerbread whoopie pies and hot buttered rum sauce

Cinnamon Applesauce Bread

The aroma of autumn, apples, cinnamon and a bit of honey. This simple and delicious quick-bread recipe is perfect for autumn and works well as a tasty grab n go snack for the entire fam.  

Angel Food Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting and Fresh Berries

Light and airy, this angel food cake deserves a frosting that won't overpower its delicate flavor Note: Angel food Cake 'sets' during the cooling process. Turn your cake upside down on a wire rack to cool, otherwise your cake will collapse. Note: I have included a recipe for Stabilized Whip Cream Frosting - delicious - … Continue reading Angel Food Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting and Fresh Berries

angel food strawberry shortcake

Dreaming of warm weather? We have the perfect cake for you. The best part of summer is picking fresh berries and using them in culinary creations or simply eating them fresh off the vine. While strawberries are readily available at your local grocer, picking them up at a farmers' market or simply picking them yourself, … Continue reading angel food strawberry shortcake

Chef Erwin Mallet’s Raspberry Macarons

May 31 is National Macaroon or Macaron Day, not to be mistaken for a celebration of the French president, and we are preparing to celebrate in the sweetest way possible. Macaron The name is derived from the Italian word macarone, maccarone or maccherone, the meringue.  ~Wikipedia To keep in theme with their part French Mediterranean theme, Villa Azur's Executive Chef Erwin … Continue reading Chef Erwin Mallet’s Raspberry Macarons

Let’s make an Eton Mess

Spring desserts are on our radar and we are ready for berry season. So let's make an Eton Mess! This traditional English dessert is so simple and can be customized in various ways to fit all the favor profiles in attendance at your backyard summer gatherings. Note: Tossing a few blueberries in the mix will … Continue reading Let’s make an Eton Mess

Gaea’s Olive Oil Cake

Zesty and fresh, this olive oil cake will have friends and family asking for more. The holidays are well behind us, and we are moving on to lighter, fresher flavors. Orange liqueur and fresh orange juice give this recipe the citrus zing we crave as we move deeper into winter months. What makes Gaea Premium … Continue reading Gaea’s Olive Oil Cake

Whimsical Eggnog Cookie Gift Tags

A festive holiday idea for the entire family. Why label gifts with a slip of paper when you can use cookies instead? This a festive holiday project the entire family can do together. Mix food color and vanilla extract to paint designs on frosted, gift tag-shaped eggnog cookies. Then, thread a ribbon through the cookie, … Continue reading Whimsical Eggnog Cookie Gift Tags

meringues with sugared cranberries

Friends and family will love these elegant little holiday gems. When piping, try and leave a small area or divet to cradle the cranberries. You can find our sugared cranberries recipe here.

Francois Payard’s Chocolate Pecan Tart

A decadent twist on the pecan pie will be an instant hit this holiday season. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is "dessert table" baking day and the aroma wafting through the kitchen is intoxicating. Pies, small decorative cookies, and cakes are dessert menu staples, and this year Pecan Pie with a twist is new on the … Continue reading Francois Payard’s Chocolate Pecan Tart