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…

Saltimbocca Alla Romana

Not much of a pork fan generally, the way I found myself with this recipe was really only because I thought I’d bought veal. So here we are with some thin pork cutlets and an appetite to try something new. Basically, a metaphor for life. I used Tyler Florence’s recipe as my muse and paired…

Prosciutto Pinwheels

My experiments with puff pastry entertaining continues… this week it’s a blend of ingredients that tastes like a tiny pizza pinwheel. This is certainly a simple one to spin into your regular apero rotation. Proscuitto Pinwheels 1 sheet of puff pastry 2 T. Dijon mustard 2 T. mayo 1 tsp. Italian herbs 4 pieces of…

Ina’s Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes. Sweet stuff for brekky in general… not generally my jam, but occasionally, something is so special you must make an exception. I’ll do nearly anything for Ina. I will do actually anything for lemons and ricotta is always nice. So, one sleepy Saturday, this recipe found it’s way into my skillet, all thanks to…

Red Thai Curry

Something about these cozy, rainy days of January had me craving a warm, savory bowl of something exotic like this gorgeous Red Thai Curry. If Covid restrictions and heavy diagnoses have you traveling more by book than plane, this is just the recipe for you. The leftovers jazz up in flavor as they work their…

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…

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…