Ina’s Roasted Meatballs with a Swiss Makeover

Ah Switzerland, known for beauty and cheese, banks and yodelers…not being well-attuned to delivering complete grocery store lists. A few missing ingredients, and a few substitutes are how Ina’s Roasted Meatballs came to get their great Swiss makeover. While absolutely delicious, (as always, thanks Ina) I still look forward to trying the original recipe. Simmering…

Ina’s Mustardy Chicken

Before I knew that I also couldn’t have diner guests during quarantine, I bought a bunch of chicken and planned to make Ina’s Chicken Thighs in Mustard Sauce. It’s too bad I didn’t have company, because this was next level good. If you plan to visit me in the next year, be ready to try…

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…

Super Model Project: Pan Seared Fish with Herby Browned Butter

In French you’d describe that you’d like 180 grams of sea bass as one hundred and four times twenty. You can imagine my poissoinnier just couldn’t imagine what one hundred and twenty times four was. So, I showed him my calculator instead. He responded in some local numerical dialect that I had to ask my…

Super Model Project: Asian Pear & Avocado Salad

All I can say is that I have no excuses. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make this salad. It is so simple, but the perfect mix of sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy. All the things. The dressing sounds like a weird combo of ingredients, but is truly next level. Don’t make…

Rainbow Salad

Happy Pride All! Need a rainbow inspiration for the last weekend of prideful June? Here’s a delicious idea that’s really not much of a recipe, but made for a week of excellent meals as well as a nice Sunday lunch. Rainbow Salad Butter or romaine lettuce base, lightly tossed in Ina’s Greek dressing Diced tomatoes…

Peach Parfait

Last weekend I hosted a small brunch on a whim and invented this adorable dessert with what I had in the fridge. Flat peach parfaits it would be. Make sure you try the flat or “plat” as they say here peaches this summer. Definitely a new favorite for me. Peach Parfaits Serves 2 1/2 package…

Greek Sc-alad

This weekend I combined two of my food loves- Greek salad and scallops- into a marriage called ‘Scalad.’ Pretty satisfying combination even if the scallops were very sandy like these were. I’m French, they call seared scallops, “snackee” for the sound they make when you sear them. Apparently this is “snack, snack.” No recipe, just…

Coconut Curry Sauce for Scallops

Here’s a super simple scallop drizzle with ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Coconut milk, curry powder, and Siracha. That’s it! Dial the combo that way that feels right for you. In my example here, I was working with reduced fat coconut milk, which made things quite thin. Opt for the full deal…

Swedish Meatballs

My stomach is growling writing this and I have been eating Swedish meatballs for four or five days now and I still want them…which is good news since there are still SO MANY in my refrigerator. I’ve had them with pasta, potatoes, stirfry, a salad, cold, hot… For a solo Valentine’s Day, I decided to…