fleur de sel caramels

When I said it was time to indulge in a couple sweet treats, I wasn’t kidding =P It’s the day before Halloween and I’m already craving something sweet… something sticky and creamy, buttery, of course, a little nutty and perhaps a little French-y. If there’s a candy that can satisfy all those cravings, it’s gotta be fleur de sel caramels! These taste divine and look so lovely, I bet you can’t eat just one. Even Anthony, who’s never liked caramels before cause they tend to get stuck in [...]

green tea cupcakes with black & white frosting

Halloween is just around the corner so there’s really no better time than now to indulge in a couple sweet treats. These little green tea cupcakes with black & white frosting not only look the part, but also satisfy my sweet tooth without giving me a cavity. I’m not usually a big fan of cupcakes, but it’s most because either they’re way too sweet or just way overloaded on buttercream frosting. These green tea cupcakes aren’t too sweet at all and I have to admit, the [...]

wine jelly wedding favors!

Back in culinary school, we had a special guest chef featured in one of our gourmet workshops on confit de vin, or wine jellies! Chef Marie Maryn of Les Jardins de Marie showed us how to make elegant wine jellies from just a few simple ingredients– a good bottle of wine, sugar, lemon juice and pectin. Et voilà! Paired with some superb cheeses and crackers, we were definitely living the life of a true gourmand

So my friend is getting married at the Wynn Resort [...]

roasted autumn fruit crostata

If I wasn’t so set in my traditional holiday ways, I would totally swap out the classic pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day for this roasted autumn fruit crostata. It’s a beautiful dessert with a crust so good, you’ll want to eat every last crumb and while the apples, pears and quince are roasting in the oven, the kitchen will fill with the lovely aroma of an unforgettable holiday.

It’s just too bad that I’m so stubborn I have to have my turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day =P [...]

french onion soup

Whenever the days get a bit cooler, I naturally start craving foods that are warm, rich and comforting. Don’t you? A nice bowl of soup always does the trick and the perfect soup that came to my mind was the classic French Onion… so rich in flavor from both the caramelized onions and beef stock and so warm and inviting with the toasted baguettes slices topped with melted, bubbling Gruyère cheese… just the right slightly sweet, salty and nutty complement to the soup. It’s real [...]

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