Chicken & Zucchini Crepes

This recipe is so simple, feeds a crowd, and probably seems a lot fancier than she really is deep down. Inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe, I’ve gone rogue and made it even simpler after an incident that we’ll just call the “incident of the very unfortunate Swiss spinach.” Now, let’s leave it there and…

Figgy Goat Cheese

If your figgy pudding is a labor of love for the holidays, let your figgy appetizer treat you easily! This is really a no-recipe recipe, just perfect in a crunch (and it even has a crunch!) Flag this one for the holidays. Figgy Goat Cheese One log of goat cheese (even better if it’s goat…

Ina’s Mustard & Gruyere Batons

If you’re looking for the simplest, most savoury apero snack, look no further, Ina’s got you as always. I’ve made this recipe twice in the last few weeks now and I think it’s safe to say this will be in further rotation. The first time, I went by the book (literally) with Ina, the second…

Fruity Cobb Salad with Ina’s Orange Vinaigrette

During a recent Sunday brunch hosting, I opted to commandeer the orangy vinaigrette of Ina’s Orange & Roquefort Salad, but made it a bit my own. It was fruity and springy and my guests loved the vinaigrette. Shall we call her a “fruity cobb?” I don’t think she’ll mind. That’s the salad, not Ina. Fruity…

Ina’s Crispy Mustard Chicken

This recipe has been on my “to-make” list for far too long. As soon as a I made it, I realized why! It’s so simple, yet so delicious. Don’t tell my mum, but it’s sort of a better, grown-up version of the dijon chicken that she made for us often as kiddos. While I made…

Thanksgiving Salad- An Ina Specialty

Recipe from Ina’s “Cooking for Jeffrey,” a favorite cookbook. Ina claims this may be her favorite salad ever. While, I won’t disagree, it’s a bit different than the standard salad and was a nice change, something about it just screamed “Flag this for Thanksgiving!” so let’s go ahead and do just that. Ina’s Maple-Roasted Carrot…

Le Bologne- Geneva

After my first week of “hard” chemo, an easy treat seemed to be a fancy lady lunch out at Le Bologne, a Geneva resto that’s been on my list for some time. The real plan was to follow this with a trip to the art museum (finally) but just couldn’t seem to get myself there!…

Grand Hotel Tremezzo & T Beach

Grand Hotel Tremezzo holds such a special place in my heart after spending several afternoons and evenings there a few years ago. While I was just staying down the road, the hotel was such a fun mix of high-end hospitality and whimsy that I absolutely could not resist it. I was so grateful that T…

Hotel Bazzoni- Tremezzo

Another day, another chance to check out a new hotel! Since Grand Hotel Tremezzo was not in the (credit) cards for this trip, we checked into the Hotel Bazzoni, just a skip across the dock at Tremezzo. It’s also directly on a (car-sickening) bus route back to Como. We were kindly able to check-in early…

NYX Milano

On the quest for an inexpensive crash pad the night before a train trip out of Milan, I met my friend at the cheap and cheerful NYX Milano. Service was top notch, the locale was just across from Milano Centrale, and brekky was included. What more could you ask for for a few hours rest?…

Terrazza Calabritto- Milano

Another day, another outstanding Milano dining experience…or maybe it was just really great to get away from Swiss cuisine, either way, Terrazza Calabritto was an absolute standout. I wasn’t expecting it to be so mind-blowingly gorgeous or have such attentive, but non-intrusive service. This is the place you go where your partner proposes at home…

Ristorante Caruso- Milano

On Easter Sunday, on my own in a new city, I enjoyed Facetiming with my family, but also decided to pay homage to them by dining at Ristorante Caruso, part of our namesake. While the hotel of the restaurant, Grand Hotel et de Milan, was positioned for old world charm, maybe it was just a…