Harvest Apple Cake

Still have apples from your overly curated IG apple picking? Thought you might… why don’t I introduce you to my Grandmother’s apple harvest cake recipe. It’s a family tradition, ludicrously simple, and succinctly captures that fall magic in every bite. Harvest Apple Cake

Ina’s Apple Pie Bars

I know you have apples. I’ve seen you all over Instagram picking them with your families, some in coordinated outfits. Some claiming you don’t know how to make pie. Tis the season. Ina’s Apple Pie Bars are better than pie because well, they’re Ina’s. Also, the crust is more short bready goodness than bland shortening…

Collective Bakery- Zurich

Turns out the only bakery in the Industrial Quarter of Zurich was phenomenal. Who needs competition? Especially when you’re serving espresso and tonic (highly underrated) and tackling food waste by making your own flour (via grinding leftover bread) all while serving some creatively decadent pastries. Let’s rank those we tried, shall we? 2. Nut Croissant-…

Double Snickerdoodle Cookies

This recipe takes the cinnamony-sugary goodness of a sugar cookie and stuffs another one inside of it. Why eat one when you can eat two…or rather one riddled with the innards of a cinnamon roll. Perfectly chewy, right from the freezer…if they last that long to make it there… Double Snickerdoodle Cookies For the filling:…

Strawberry Margarita Pie

Refreshing. Frozen. Boozy. Salty. Sweet. Easy. Dessert. You’re. Welcome. Strawberry Margarita Pie CRUST: 2 c. crushed pretzels 1 stick of butter, melted 1 T. sugar PIE: 16oz. cream cheese 1/3 c. lime juice 14 oz. sweetened, condensed milk 8-10 strawberries, diced 1/4 c. tequila 2 T. triple sec Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all crust…

Ina’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip

The first fall-like day of the season brought with it rain, wind, and Ina’s Spinach Artichoke Dip. Simple to make, indulgent to snack on without being overly so…sure to be a hit with the friends you’ll entertain this fall. Dare I say, it was even better the second day, so make it in advance and…

Ina’s Peach & Almond Torte

My girl Ina claimed this was an easy one and I needed something simple to take to a small dinner party so I put my quest in her capable hands and she delivered as always. Ingredients on hand plus seasonal fruit was an astounding success that resulted in requests for seconds as well as the…

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…