Lemon Mascarpone Berry Tart

Turns out chemo-taining (yes, that’s a word) is something you really want to do, because, well you have the time to experiment with recipes. You are also going to want it to be simple, because, well, you’re exhausted. But, you’ll want it to look nice, so you just move to Switzerland and take advantage of…

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…

Lola Coats Europe in Her Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate buttercream in Europe? Yes, dreams do exist… or at least this was my takeaway from my friends who were fighting over the most frosting-filled slices of cake. One in particular told me that he consumed four pieces of cake in twelve hours. This was after he asked if there was any extra frosting. (There…

Baked Pasta with Leeks & Broccoli

Recently, I had my neighbor for dinner and wanted to make something that I could prepare in advance and provide some decent leftovers for my upcoming surgery recovery weekend. I ran across this recipe from Alison Roman in Bon Appetit. After reading the description that it was like a version of broccoli cheddar soup in…

Tarte au Soleil

The cancer diagnosis is taking a probably much improved change to my diet. No more charcuterie (for now!) which is disappointing, though probably a healthy improvement, but most of all a huge snafu in entertaining in Europe where they live for cheese and the groceries pride themselves of shelf after shelf of ham! Apero hour…

Heath Bit Cookies

These are the bendiest cookies! Dark brown sugar, slightly under baked. You can pop these babies in the freezer. Grab one when you need it and within a few minutes at room temp, you too can have the bends. The good kind. Heath Bits Cookies 3/4 c. Sugar 3/4 c. Brown sugar 1 c. Butter,…

Birthday Blondies

Was it anyone’s birthday? Well aside from my entire family… no, not in Switzerland. I must have been getting hungry seeing all the gorgeous cakes flying about the Instagram of all of the Leo’s that I know! Realizing I’d shipped some good ole US cake mixes earlier this year, I knew what I had to…

Lime in the Coconut Tart

I proudly present to you my Lime in the Coconut Tart. Basically take 10 limes and squeeze them into all the coconut products that you can find. She’s a lovely twist on a classic key lime because let’s face it, I haven’t seen those in Switzerland. Meow. This serving angle fueled by rose. Oh yes….

Speculoos Cheesecake

This Speculoos Cheesecake was whipped up on Valentine’s Day and is an excellent one to have in rotation because it’s simple to make and keeps you from getting kidnapped. Really, it’s not heavy, heavy, but it’s definitely the chubby cousin of Mum’s Euro cheesecake…. So, I kept it classy and created this small one. A…

Quiche Lorraine

Can we just agree to call this Quiche Lauren if it comes from my kitchen? Thought so, thank you. In the (never ending) recent lock down of Switzerland, I have made myself a calendar of classic recipes to try that I’ve not previously- and walks to take in new places – not difficult in a…

Cheesecake’s European Cousin

Disclaimer: I am not a cheesecake kind of girl. I am not, I swear. However…lately…something about these European cheesecakes have me jazzed. Thanks to a sweet-toothed friend who always knows the right dessert spot (and usually insists on cheesecake), well, she has me crazy for these European cheesecakes. What’s a European cheesecake? I really have…

Limoncello Cookies

My loves, I miss you! I think about you and writing all the time, but it’s all been a bit full on lately, hasn’t it? I haven’t been cooking, like at all. Minor lie, Monday I decided to braise a pork roast and ended up throwing the entire thing straight into the garbage, it was…