Buon Compleano ~ Mexico

              Last night we celebrated my husband’s birthday (and Dad’s, though he was in New Mexico)… I know the date was 13 de Noviembre, but the festive feel and the menu made it seem like cinco de Mayo! The margaritas were made with fresh lime, simple syrup and the tequila…

step by step

   “share your smile, share your light” Tiramisu quite literally means, “a pick me up.” One of Italy’s most popular, Tiramisu is a rich treat blending the bold flavors of cocoa and espresso with savory mascarpone cheese and wine, layered with lady finger biscuits. At many Italian tables, a meal is often finished with fresh…

Happy Halloween!

      Here is a sweet treat that is great from halloween to halloween and everyday in between! Enjoy ~ v Truffle Brownies 1 1/4  c butter (don’t freak out, it’s just butter!) 3/4 c baking cocoa 3 T flour 1 c + 1 T sugar, divided 4 eggs, separated 2 tsp vanilla Heat…

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Happy Wednesday, friends ~ off to do a bread baking class!

The Golden Egg

“Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.” – Russian Proverb No, I’m not going Wonka on you ~ just talking about the glorious, versatile egg… They are almost a perfect food ~ when used as an ingredient in your cooking, they can create leavening, coagulate, emulsify, add texture or bind your ingredients.. they even…

Demolish me ~

Uno non può pensare bene, amare bene, dormire bene, se non ha mangiato bene. Mrs D has asked for my assistance translating another FANTASTIC recipe!  Wow ~ what a flavor explosion! The only thing I did differently, was add 1/4 c of almond flour to the cake flour… I knew it was already going to…

Reminiscing ~

The body becomes what the foods are, as the spirit becomes what the thoughts are. ~Kemetic Saying I have always had a love-hate relationship with school lunches ~ loved the slightly sweet yeast rolls, hated the Salisbury steak the rolls were served with; loved the real mashed potatoes, hated the lumpy brown [gravy] stuff they…

Cooking with Val

This summer was full of change, challenges and more importantly, blessings in abundance.  Our daughter graduated from college, our son was an ROTC Field Training selectee, we drove through 4 states (love Arches Nat’l Park in Utah!) to our 11th assignment, we spent some amazing quality time together and with friends and family. We made…

Food for Flowers

  I have taught cooking classes to many people in my kitchen throughout the years; taught large groups at military spouse functions, but today was the first day I have taught a guy aside from my boys, Andre & Toren; and it was at his request!  Adam was a quick learner, even though his kneading…

Real Food Served Here!

GMO is one of the latest concerns with food.  As a self-proclaimed foodie, I have to admit ignorance on this one.  I’d like to think its because I use fresh ingredients and I try to make homemade foods for my friends and family!  Because of my love of food and an even greater love for…

Breaking Bread

  All sorrows are less with bread. – Miguel de Cervantes     There is something so gratifyingly innate about making bread. I love the entire process!  Grinding flour, kneading the dough with my hands, the rise or two my loaves get and then the best part: the baking!  My kitchen is nice and toasty…