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 [...]

homemade strawberry conserve with cinnamon

If you’ve ever had jam made by Christine Ferber, then you know just how perfectly wonderful a simple jam can be. I was doubtful at first, having been a child that grew up on Smucker’s, but I figured since Pierre Hermé, the macaron king, had it on display in his store, it was worth a try. I ended up bringing two jars of Christine Ferber jam home from Paris… one for a dear friend and one for keeps I would have brought back more if I [...]

yogurt panna cotta with balsamic strawberries

It seems like food photography is all the rage these days, and just about everybody who is anybody has become a food paparazzo in some form or another… whether it’s snapping photos at a restaurant or showing off our own food creations with a food blog (guilty, as charged). Somehow, though, the idea behind food photography has become an artful display of illusions and props… making food look good no matter what. What most of us assume as food photography is actually the clever works behind a food [...]

frozen nougat with cherry coulis

When it’s the middle of summer and the sun’s out shining, there’s not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature’s climbing, I don’t know about you, but I definitely start screaming for some ice cream! Before culinary school, I had no idea making homemade ice cream was so easy… all it takes is some quality ingredients, a great flavor combination, and of course, an ice cream maker, which unfortunately for me, was the one thing I was missing =/

But, of course, I wasn’t going to let an [...]

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