Croatian Krafne Doughnuts

Croatian Krafne Doughnuts

A classic winter treat, Croatian Krafne Doughnuts are best made by hand from a dough as soft as hotel pillows, with a touch of lemon zest and rum or brandy, and come together in 2 hours or less. So much fun to fry and roll…

Rosace a L’Orange

Rosace a L’Orange

A classic Rosace a L’Orange, made up of layers of genoise sponge and creme legere, a mix of creme patisserie and whipped cream, on top of which sit soft candied orange slices. A French classic which isn’t as difficult as its reputation. Un Challenge I…

Cherry Hazelnut Mousse

Cherry Hazelnut Mousse

If I told you that the height lacking, Moulin Rouge reveling, ultimate bohemian artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec was the inventor of (albeit) chocolate mousse, would you believe me? I’m not surprised that he did. Saying yes too much to life (or just enough), absinthe for breakfast…

Caramel White Russian Coffee

Caramel White Russian Coffee

I love coffee. I like to think I love the flavor, but, at this point, it is the feeling of drinking coffee that makes me happy, though the flavor rarely disappoints. Like my Croatian relatives, I can’t drink coffee from a tall paper cup while…

Croatian Almond Roll

Croatian Almond Roll

Christmas for Easter I entered the Christmas season with a plan to make 12 days of Christmas baking recipes in less than two weeks. Then, I felt overwhelmed and squeezed my time into an almost impossible plan. I like to do that, since I tend…

Rod Serling, Reminiscence, and Red Sauce (New Years Eve Sausage Ziti)

Rod Serling, Reminiscence, and Red Sauce (New Years Eve Sausage Ziti)

A Journey Into Time As I crack open the window in the pentagon shaped living room, the room that feels like a cabin on a ship perched high in the trees above the street, I feel cold, but no wind. There is a soft, periwinkle…

Croatian / Dalmatian Shrimp & Risotto

Croatian / Dalmatian Shrimp & Risotto

A Christmas Eve Tradition Christmas Eve in Westchester, 1985. It was our last Christmas in the only home I had ever known in life and childhood, the big California style house on the hill, the one with modern additions thanks to my Croatian born father’s…

Chocolate Peppermint Buche de Noel, British Baking Style

Chocolate Peppermint Buche de Noel, British Baking Style

A Christmas Failure The Christmas Season came too quickly for me. We lost our 17 year old feline child (grandmother), and, through loved ones and workplaces, I got sick the weekend before Christmas. It was all happening too fast–missing connections with friends, buying gifts last…

Medenjaci (Ginger Honey) Sandwich Cookies

Medenjaci (Ginger Honey) Sandwich Cookies

Croatian American Holiday Baking I did not grow up with Medenjaci. My mother, an avid baker, who filled full notebooks of ONLY Christmas recipes, often made gingerbread cookies, ginger spice biscuits, and homemade gingerbread houses, with the help of my brother and me. She was…

Vintage Thanksgiving/Holiday Stuffing (With Giblets)

Vintage Thanksgiving/Holiday Stuffing (With Giblets)

Mysterious Origins I never understood where it came from. My maternal grandfather was Croatian, from Sinj, on the Dalmatian coast. I’ve written plenty about him, recently in the Inquisitive Eater here. He was, at least on many levels, not typically American, even though he came…