Mixed Citrus Cream Tart with Almond Crust

Mixed Citrus Cream Tart with Almond Crust

This One Truly Does Melt-In-Your-Mouth. Here’s a tart that’s perfect for the holiday season. It’s colorful, the crust, filling, and toppings can be made the day before, and oh, man, is it delicious.  I wanted an almond crust because I love the combination of citrus with almonds. But I didn’t want to use almond flour. […]

Pork Patties with ‘Nduja Roasted Fennel and Potato Wedges

Pork Patties with ‘Nduja Roasted Fennel and Potato Wedges

Nothing Dull About These Flavors. Here’s a very tasty meal I put together after thinking about what to do with the ground pork sitting in my freezer and a couple of fresh fennel bulbs. Pork patties, seasoned with garlic, fresh oregano, and pecorino seemed like a good thing. I soaked fresh bread crumbs in milk […]

Roasted Peppers with Capers and Caper Leaves

Roasted Peppers with Capers and Caper Leaves

Is There Anything More Inviting Than a Platter of These Beauties? Happy Day After Thanksgiving! I feel sure most of us are all cooked out after yesterday. But if you’re anything like me, your palate needs a rest from the richness of that classic meal. These very easy roasted peppers make a lovely addition to […]

Chocolate and Chili Pine Nut Tart

Chocolate and Chili Pine Nut Tart

A Celebration Worthy Chocolate Ganache Tart That’s Infused with Chipotle Chili and Topped with Roasted Rosemary Pine Nuts. It’s that time of year. Time to break out some special desserts and dress them up for the season. While it tastes decadent, there’s hardly an easier dessert than a tart shell filled with silky chocolate ganache. […]

Rice Salad with Roasted Lemons

Rice Salad with Roasted Lemons

I Don’t Think I Could Love This More.  I love a good rice salad. And by good, I mean one that’s loaded with flavor and full of interesting ingredients. For this one I sliced up a lemon, drizzled it with a small amount of olive oil and roasted it in a hot oven. I love […]

Bacon, Potato, and Cheddar Tart

Bacon, Potato, and Cheddar Tart

Bacon, Onions, and Crème Fraîche Play a Role in This Beauty. I found myself with an abundance of big baking potatoes due to a mistake with my grocery order, so I started thinking about what to do with some of them and decided on a tart. I began by making up a batch of my […]

Ribs with Black Lime/Sichuan Peppercorn Salt and Asian Celery Salad

Ribs with Black Lime/Sichuan Peppercorn Salt and Asian Celery Salad 

Juicy and Perfectly Seasoned Oven-Baked Ribs are Served with a Crisp Asian-Flavored Celery Salad. I’ve previously posted my technique for baking ribs in the oven, but I came up with a new dry rub that I’ve gotta share. If you’ve never tried dried black limes*, I highly recommend you do so. The flavor is pungent […]

Renée’s Orange Cake

Renée's Orange Cake

My Most Popular Recipe. For a Very Good Reason. This cake is where my cooking blog journey began. I had made many many orange cakes throughout the years, but never had I made one that I felt was “it”. There was always something not quite right. I decided to come up with one myself, seeing […]

2-Way Cabbage Salad

2-Way Cabbage Salad

Roasted and Raw Cabbage in a Salad? Oh, Yeah. And It’s a Beauty. Now, this is a noteworthy salad. I ran into a recipe from Ixta Belfrage for a salad in which Napa cabbage was used and part of it was roasted.  While I loved the idea, I went in a completely different direction for […]

Brothy Beans with ‘Nduja and Orange

Nothing At All Boring About This Pot of Beans. Brothy beans. I just love the sound of that. Good beans in a really good broth. That’s all there is to it. And yet, it can be so boring if some care isn’t put into making it. Let’s start with the beans. I thought it would […]