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Pies, Tarts and Crisps

French Almond and Pear Tart

This is the season when I get to enjoy one of my favorite fruits in an almond and pear tart. The stronger flavored sweet almond filling is a little unusual for a frangipane style tart such as this - and it is delicious. The contrast between the juicy pears and the...

Sweet Cherry & Blueberry Pie

I’m crazy about anything cherry. They are pretty to look at and I love their luscious juicy flavor. As much as I enjoy a great sour cherry pie, I wanted to share this sweet cherry and blueberry pie as a delicious alternative. This is a great recipe to use when you...

Rustic Root Veggie Pie {vegetarian}

We sat outside overlooking the tall pine trees as the sun was setting and the temperature dropping. A couple of candle-lit lanterns gave us just enough of a glow to see the cheese and crackers we were munching on and the red wine we were sipping. Four people, two dogs...

Organic Blueberry Mini-Galette

We are on our way to a  fun trip in Las Vegas today. The flight is finally giving me a few minutes to sit down in one place and write a little. Busy is good, right? However, it is important to remember to mix some fun in with the hard work, so that's our plan for the...

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

France has always been a happy and comfortable place for me to visit. There is an approach to the day-to-day lifestyle that appeals to me. From Paris to the small mountain villages above the Cote d'Azure, I am always excited by the history, architecture, food, and ,...

Harvest Peach and Berry Crisp and a Midsummer Road Trip

The second bicycle was tightly strapped onto the rack on the back of the car and our ever loyal companion, China, not the spry pup she once was, was gently lifted into the back of our SUV. One last run through our house to make sure plants were watered and doors and...

Rustic Strawberry – Rhubarb Galette

April began with visits from our sons, one coming from the east and one from the west, to share Easter with us. It was a casual holiday with lovely warm weather, family get-togethers, skiing and lots of laughs. But, once again Mother Nature lulled us into a false...

Sonoran Orange & Ginger Tart

The first day of Spring is right around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited! The sun is shining, the snow melting and the mountain grasses are turning green again. In Colorado, winter is mostly colored in muted tones highlighted by the white of snow, but spring...

Stephenie’s Blueberry Peach Cobbler

I awkwardly twirled and swayed, feeling every bit of my fifty-three years. Pretty people, mostly in their twenties and thirties, rocked about me shouting and whistling, urging the guitarist, my husband, on with his riff of fingers moving fast and furious across the...

Organic Apple & Cranberry Galette

We had sort of a sprawling holiday season with our children visiting here and there, skiing in Aspen and Vail, and lots of entertaining in our home. It was such a fun and hectic frenzy filled with lots of love and laughter – just what life should be. We took my...

Grandpa’s Fudge Cream Pie (Big Easy: part deux)

Walking into the chilly morning bluster of sun and wind, I was on a mission to find the building that once belonged to my grandfather, the building which housed his restaurant and inn. Rounding the corner onto Lafayette Square on Saint Charles Street I spun around...

Fig and Almond Tart

Not everyone is a fan of the fig, but I love them and I think a lot of people just don't know what to do with them. They are delicious eaten fresh on their own or simply cut and served on a cracker or bread with blue cheese, but for me, when these beauties are baked...

Organic Peach Cobbler

Summer may be coming to an end in a matter of weeks, but the last of those amazingly delicious tree ripened peaches are still available at many of the farmers markets and stores. Here in Colorado we were able to pick up of a flat of organic Palisade peaches at our...

Fresh Tomato Tart

My husband and I have just returned from ten fabulous days of traipsing around the southwest. It was time for us to unplug and simply go where we wanted to go and see what we wanted to see. We loaded up our car with our bikes hitched onto the back and headed west with...

Croustade aux Pommes and a New Year’s Resolution

We were watching the movie UP last week, an animated film where Mr. Frederickson, an older gent and recent widower, was attempting to fulfill his late wife’s dream of flying their house under an umbrella of thousands of helium balloons to Paradise Falls in South...

Cakes

Spiced Olive Oil and Butternut Squash Cake

I'm not a big cake eater. It seems that most of the cakes I've been served at restaurants or parties are dry with overly sweet frosting. While the ingredients in this cake may sound a little strange, this Olive Oil and Butternut Squash Cake is a delicious!   It has a...

Lemon-Cherry Ricotta Cake

It felt good waking up with the sun this morning, pulling my hair up into a ponytail, skipping the make-up, throwing on sweats and a tee-shirt, knowing that I didn’t have to leave our little birdhouse today. As I stood for a minute sipping coffee at the kitchen sink,...

Caramelized Blood Orange and Polenta Cake

I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of electronics switching back on and booting up. Lights that had been left on when the power went out were suddenly shining bright into my sleepy eyes. The storm of heavy wet snow had knocked out our electricity for...

Sunshine Lemon Roll with Mascarpone Cream

Nothing captures the taste of sunshine like citrus fruits, especially, lemons. In the midst of winter, while some of us are experiencing some cold and grey days, treating yourself to a bite of bright and sunny lemon roll, could chase away your mid-winter doldrums. I...

Brown-Butter Brandy Bundt Cake

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. It was a good one for sure. Ric and I are feeling so blessed for our wonderful children, family and friends, and the joyous experiences and adventures that 2015 brought us. This year has also brought me many new...

Flourless Chocolate Torte {Gluten Free}

What’s the difference between a chocolate torte and a chocolate cake? Most American style cakes use baking powder and/or baking soda to make them rise, while European tortes are made with whipped egg whites to give them a bit of lift. Also, tortes are usually denser...

Rum Raisin Banana Bread

When I first opened my shop on Fishers Island, I spent many hours in the kitchen trying to come up with really unique recipes, but what I found people were most drawn to were the simple standards; lasagna, great grinders (a sub like sandwich), lobster rolls, the...

Pavlova With Fresh Berries

This lovely dessert is my final ode to our trip and England. Not that it is really considered an English dish, I believe the Russians and Aussies are still arguing over who invented it, but the Pavlova is a sweet that is served up a lot in England and it was the...

Lemon Glazed Southern Plantation Chantilly Cake

Following our recent busy schedules of traveling, moving and both of us recovering from nasty bouts with the flu, we are celebrating Easter with a quiet brunch for two. Poached eggs over a sweet and Yukon potato hash with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce, hot...

The Land of Trolls and Apple Cake

I grew up with little Norwegian troll dolls that relatives brought back from Norway. Legend has it that these mystical and often dangerous creatures who live in Norse caves and under bridges, have a proclivity for munching up naughty children who wander too far from...

Plum Crumble Cake

"Plumble" is the name my husband gave this cake. A sour cream and almond coffee cake with a layer of moist plums in the middle and a cinnamon crumble topping. It is sooo good! I've made it here in a 9 inch spring form pan which makes it easy to remove. I also like to...

Classic Pound Cake with Lavender Lemon Curd

Summer is officially here and the heat is definitely on. I love the colors of summer... The flowers, the ocean, the playful mood that the extra shot of sunshine and vitamin D puts us in. Hanging at the beach, barbeques, family gatherings and hearing all of the kids in...

Lemon Torta Capri

Like Limoncello, this torta reigns from southern Italy. It is simple and satisfying as a dessert served with a dollop of lemon curd on the side or afternoon treat served with a spot of iced or hot tea. Lemon Curd Recipe type: Dessert Author: Eva Marie Ingredients...

Fresh Berry Roulade

"I wish there was a cookbook for life, you know? Recipes telling us exactly what to do", says Catherine Zeta-Jones character Kate, in the movie No Reservations. Ah, a little book to give us all of the answers and the directions, that if followed correctly, would lead...

Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart Bread

A few days ago I tried making a simple pumpkin roll recipe, but I really crashed and burned. I made a huge mess and then ended up throwing it in the garbage can in a huff. So this morning was the perfect time to redeem myself and make peace with the pumpkin by baking...

Cookies and Bars

Sixteen Boo-Boos and a Chocolate Chip Cookie

I was walking towards the end of the dock when she ran up behind me and said with great pride, “I have sixteen boo-boos on my legs” and then the six-year-old or so, jumped off the dock, water-wings and all. I was a sissy and lowered myself down the ladder – glacier...

Lemon & Honey Cookies

So after this third blast of snow in April, we are heading south to Texas to grab us a spot of heat. I  just need to get me a little bit of San Antonio. Hot food, warm sultry nights along the river walk... ... the ever-present music and dancing, Tex-Mex style......

Lemon Kisses & Raspberry Cream Sandwiches

Here is another spring berry treat that is easy to make, looks pretty and is luscious! With just a hint of lemon and sweet juicy raspberries, how can you go wrong? For the kisses: 4 eggs 1 cup flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 1...

Almond & Butter Fruit Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies are so beautiful, tasty and easy to make! The melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookie with just a hint of almond flavor marries deliciously with the fruit making the perfect accompaniment with coffee, tea or some vanilla ice cream, and they'll make...

Under The Lemon Tree

On a recent trip to California, I was running out the door of my mother and step-father’s home, I remembered my step-father mentioning that the lemon tree out back was overflowing with ripe fruit, so I turned around, heading into the kitchen to grab a couple of...

Breakfast Sweets

Fresh Lemon and Ginger Scones

Spring is most definitely in the air. A crisp whisper of a breeze, blue skies and the greening of our mountains is a lovely thing to wake up to. It’s warm enough to walk outside onto our deck in bare feet with my pup to survey the new plants and trees that are finally...

Polenta and Peach Obsession

I've been a little obsessed with eating beautiful ripe organic peaches with soft and warm organic polenta, with just a sprinkle of brown sugar. The flavors of the corn and peaches are surprisingly complimentary and make for a comforting and satisfying breakfast, or...

Homemade Buttermilk English Muffins

Today, most Americans think of Thomas’ when English muffins are mentioned. Jane Austen acknowledges the muffin man in her novel Persuasion and of course there is the old English nursery rhyme, “Muffin Man” from the early 19th century. The type of muffins that were...

Pumpkin & Chocolate Twists

We could hear the wind before it arrived and see the fog, in the form of a low, snow filled cloud, moving across the foothills, making its way to our house in a matter of minutes. This is the fun part of living up in the mountains.Once the temperatures drop and there...

Honey & Plum Rice Pudding

I can feel it - it is definitely coming… a little too soon for me. I saw a school bus driving up the mountain to drop off excited and exhausted children returning from their first day of the school year and the light over the mountains and through the trees is...

European Cinnamon, Honey & Raisin Bread

I stood on a stool at the kitchen counter inside her English Tudor style home in Brentwood, California. She looked like Catherine Deneuve, ultra feminine with a translucent English complexion, vivid blue eyes with a petite and perfect figure. Even as a child, I could...

Lemon, Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes

My insomnia won last night, and sleep evaded me once again. I found myself lying in bed staring up at the octagonal window at the peak of our bedroom, watching the tree branches sway, ever-so-slightly in the light morning breeze as the sun slowly rose. It was the...

Yeasted Waffles

Today the Christmas tree finally comes down as our last houseguest of the holiday season has left. Our home is quiet, but still, a faint echoing of our grown kids exists in the walls or maybe just in my heart. We had such fun with ski trips to Aspen, Vail, Beaver...

Quick and Easy Organic Strawberry Jam

Soon after buying our house, we discovered that our home was called "The Birdhouse" by many of our neighbors. It made sense to us since the previous owners had attached funky birdhouses around the exterior of the house in an attempt to stop the birds from pecking...

Blood Orange & Ricotta Crepes Suzette

Even though the weather isn't cooperating very well, we are doing our best to channel a little bit of spring indoors. With weather like this last week... ...which our pup thought was the best thing ever, and snow in the forecast for the next three days, we are keeping...

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Seventy-seven degrees out, sunny, riding my bike with a warm breeze on my face and the next day I’m in Ugg boots, a cozy sweater, hat and gloves trudging through the snow with my pup who is ecstatic with the sudden change in her outdoor playground. Growing up in...

Pumpkin and Fresh Ginger Pancakes

What simple and delicious way to begin your day with a big stack of pumpkin pancakes that have a gentle hit of fresh ginger! Serve these up with some warm maple syrup and you will get everyone off to a happy start! Pumpkin and Fresh Ginger Pancakes Author: Eva Marie...

Bananas Foster & Waffles

I was sipping my morning latte when I glanced over at a couple of organic bananas lying around the kitchen counter. I looked over and caught them staring and calling out to me to be sautéed in a bath of brown sugar, butter and rum. I kept telling them we would all be...

Dutch Baby Pancake with Berries

I arrived back from our Texas to Maryland adventure with a terrible flu. After coughing and sneezing all week, this morning, I'm finally feeling a bit better so I've decided to make a pretty Dutch Baby pancake. This is a showy dish that will impress your family or...