Sour Cherry Panna Cotta

Sour Cherry Panna Cotta

A faster than lightening Italian panna cotta with a beautiful velvety texture, topped with a sour cherry sauce made with Croatian cherry wine and pistachios, all providing every texture and complimentary flavor imaginable for your summer dessert from the refrigerator. Best of all, no ovens…

Mocha Marshmallow Walnut Ice Cream

Mocha Marshmallow Walnut Ice Cream

An indulgent, quick to make coffee & chocolate mocha ice cream with a swiss meringue (i.e. marshmallow fluff) swirled in, along with the crunch of walnuts. Insanely beautiful gelato texture and best made with an ice cream maker because it’s so easy! Perfect for a…

Paris-Brest with Summer Fruits and Creme Moussaline

Paris-Brest with Summer Fruits and Creme Moussaline

This classic Paris Brest is a ring of delectable pate-a choux that is filled with creme moussaline, a combination of creme patisserie and butter. Lots of butter. Topped with mixed berries and peaches to lighten up the Frenchest bite for summer in red, white, blue,…

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…

Orange Cherry Pistachio Semifreddo

Orange Cherry Pistachio Semifreddo

This summery Semifreddo is an Italian classic: half ice cream, half whipped cream with rum and orange soaked cherries and pistachios. Other than the freezing part, this Semifreddo can be whipped up in less than 45 minutes and is the ideal creamy dessert for summer–NO…

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…

The Queen of Puddings (and Novels)

The Queen of Puddings (and Novels)

Her griddlecakes done to a golden-brown hue and queen Ann’s pudding of delightful creaminess had won golden opinions from all because she had a lucky hand also for lighting a fire, dredge in the fine self-raising flour and always stir in the same directions, then…

Love Stinks, but Cherry Pavlova Doesn’t

Love Stinks, but Cherry Pavlova Doesn’t

Hear me out. When I say “love” stinks, I mean the manufactured love that breathes down our necks each February 14th, forcing us into having a hard look at ourselves, our choices, our loneliness, and our ability to cram the idea of true love into…

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…

The Torta of Split

The Torta of Split

Spalata My father’s family moved from the Dalmatian town of Drnis to seaside Split, Croatia in the late 1960’s. My grandfather built a home there, just up the main hill from the Riva waterfront, less than 10 minutes from the Diocletian Palace, a summer/retirement home…