Category Archive: Cuisine

Rainy Day Comfort Food

It’s been downright dreary in my part of the world since Christmas.  We’ve only had a few sun-filled days and rain has dominated our forecast.  For me, rain signals a need for comfort… Continue reading

Cooking Notes: Lavender Bread Pudding

I didn’t really intend for the lavender bread pudding post to take up so much space on the blog, but as sometimes happens with recipes: once you make and sample a recipe, you… Continue reading

Lavender Bread Pudding

Today we are celebrating the birthday of a good friend, and in her honor, I made this lovely lavender bread pudding from my Culinary Bucket List! I am serving a group of six… Continue reading

Extolling Extracts

In my cooking of late, I have been using extracts to add a little extra oomph to drinks, desserts, and confections. One of my favorites is coconut extract (especially in summer). I recently… Continue reading

Lavender Sweet Treats to Make This Month

This spring, I bought some lavender to grow amongst the herbs in my garden. After purchasing the plant, I promised my family I would make lavender ice cream before the end of summer.… Continue reading

Not Quite a BLT: The BA Sandwich

Mmm, do I love bacon.  Since I had a few slices to use up this evening, I decided to make my own version of a bacon sandwich. I didn’t have any tomatoes on… Continue reading

Summertime White Sangria

Although sangria is not just for summer, this delicious white sangria that I made up for my writing group tomorrow is a feast for the eyes — full of bright colors from the… Continue reading

Culinary Adventures: Exotic and Tasty Lemonade

Last weekend, mon mari and I went to a lovely local restaurant for brunch. The restaurant advertised an unusual lemonade flavored with orange and basil on the menu. I was a little skeptical… Continue reading

One of Those Days…

I should be snacking on homemade Nutella right now, but I’m not. In my preparation of the recipe, I soaked the hazelnuts according to a reviewer who said it would make the spread… Continue reading

Frozen Blueberries: An Icy Delight

Just a short little blurb from me tonight about one of my favorite sundae toppings: frozen blueberries. This afternoon, I opened the fridge to find some blueberries remaining in the carton from the… Continue reading

Red, White, and Blue Week: Blue Cheese Fondue

I love a laid-back supper — the kind of meal that comes together with very little effort and doesn’t involve a take-out menu!  Perhaps that is why mon mari and I get so… Continue reading

Red, White, and Blue Week: Tri-Color Mini Doughnuts

How fun are these fruity doughnuts?  A basic vanilla doughnut batter gets mixed with fresh strawberry and blueberry bits to create these little treats.  This is a wonderful recipe to use the last… Continue reading

My First Tea Tasting

Yesterday it was beastly hot here.  I mean, oppressive.  And what did I do?  I went to a local tea house for a tea tasting!  Nothing like a few cups of hot tea… Continue reading

A Sixth Visit to the Cheese Counter: My First (and Fruity!) Stilton

Take a look at this wedge of cheese … I mean, how could it not be delicious? Today, I tried Stilton cheese for the very first time, and more specifically, Stilton with Mango… Continue reading

Refreshing Red Sangria

Oh my goodness, I was so frustrated Wednesday evening trying to pick a new blog layout that the only cure is homemade red sangria with drunken fruit floating inside!  I definitely felt as… Continue reading

Super Veggie Samosas

When I got home from our vacation, I realized that I had forgotten to make an item from my “Culinary Bucket List” for the month of May.  I have decided to do two… Continue reading