simple blueberry pie

As spring teases us with sprinklings of summer-like weather, I have a tendency to pull up the cook-out recipes. I love planning neighborhood backyard barbecues, romantic picnics and weekend camping trips and as March rolls into view I can’t wait to dive into outdoor foods. Farmers markets and road side stands are posting their spring schedules, and soon we will have access to fresher fare … Continue reading simple blueberry pie

Chef Luca Manfè’s Elegant Strawberry Shortcake Twist

The last big barbecue of summer is around the corner and if you are searching for a twist on standard favs, MasterChef 4 winner, chef Luca Manfe has the ultimate recipe. Since Labor Day weekend lies dead center in the back to school arena, time can really be a tight commodity. Saving a few minutes here and there while prepping foods for your gathering can be a huge … Continue reading Chef Luca Manfè’s Elegant Strawberry Shortcake Twist

Francois Payard’s Ode to the Ripe, Juicy Peach

Farmers markets are the best place to shop this time of year, and if you are on the look-out for the perfect summer peach, here are three words to remember. Color, touch, texture. Color: Deep, golden yellow. Touch: A gentle, firm squeeze will tell you what you need to know. If there is a bit of give, then set it on your counter or  windowsill … Continue reading Francois Payard’s Ode to the Ripe, Juicy Peach

Berry Almond Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream

July 4th is a day for commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The United States of America celebrates its  independence from Great Britain in various ways, one of them being cookouts and backyard barbecues. An array of savories and sweets grace tables across America in different shades of Red, White and Blue. This year we are celebrating America’s 239th birthday with an … Continue reading Berry Almond Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream

Desserts that Dance in your Mouth

One of the things I love most about summer are the long, slow, warm evenings spent outdoors while the grill is cooling.  A nice beverage and cool light dessert while sitting on the porch simply completes the entire day. I have been looking for something with raspberries to put on the “after dinner” menu for this week and thought I would share a couple finds … Continue reading Desserts that Dance in your Mouth