Entertaining with the Madeleine cake: gateau madeleine

Recently my sister's fiance came to visit. I wanted to make some sort of cake or dessert to welcome him, but wasn't sure what would be best. My sister recommended a "Madeleine" cake, as she remembered eating a piece together with her fiance one time, and recalled him liking it. I have to admit that … Continue reading Entertaining with the Madeleine cake: gateau madeleine

Swiss roll cake with raspberries and creme patisserie

Swiss roll cake with raspberries and creme patisserie

Here is my husband's favorite cake. Well, one of his top two favorite cakes. It's sweet, but not overly so; simple and classic. The homemade creme patisserie is smooth and creamy and the fresh raspberries add the perfect amount of tartness. I guarantee you, this cake is amazing! For the creme*: 1/3 cup + 1 … Continue reading Swiss roll cake with raspberries and creme patisserie

Classic chicken roast: just like Grandma’s Sunday dinner

Baking a whole chicken is not something I do often. Believe it or not, it is actually cheaper to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store than it is to buy a whole uncooked chicken, generally. How is that even possible? Here's the only conclusion that makes sense to me: the store must price … Continue reading Classic chicken roast: just like Grandma’s Sunday dinner

Melt-in-your-mouth meatballs seasoned with garlic, lemon, and parsley

Meatball with lemon and garlic, with garnish of baby greens

These meatballs are amazing! This is an adaptation of a recipe I learned from a French lady years ago. I hope you enjoy it. Ingredients 1 1/4 lb ground beef1/2 cup oatmeal ("quick oats")1/3 cup milk (of choice, I used unsweetened almond)1/2 medium onion, diced small2 large cloves garlic, diced small5-6 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped1/2 … Continue reading Melt-in-your-mouth meatballs seasoned with garlic, lemon, and parsley

Roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and fresh dill

Plate of roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and dill

We had a head of cauliflower in the house that was just calling out to me to be cooked. It lent itself perfectly to this nice roasted cauliflower recipe that I put together. The garlic gives it tons of flavor and the lemon adds a nice, tangy zing. The fresh dill builds the flavor even … Continue reading Roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and fresh dill

Delicate lemon cake with royal icing roses

Last week my sister came back after having lived abroad for a while, so I had a perfect opportunity to make a cake. What better way to welcome someone home than a homemade cake? For the cake itself I found a lovely vanilla cake recipe and changed this a bit by adding lemon juice and … Continue reading Delicate lemon cake with royal icing roses

Pork roast with fresh rosemary and garlic

This pork roast is a recipe I learned to make when I was living in Slovenia, and I have adapted it a just a bit. It is quite easy to prepare and always comes out wonderful and full of flavor. Ingredients about 3 lb pork roast (I used two smaller roasts)6-8 large cloves garlic2 Tbsp … Continue reading Pork roast with fresh rosemary and garlic

Quiche with chicken, mushrooms, and spinach

Quiche with chicken, mushrooms, and spinach

Some people make lists before going shopping for groceries. I often do that. Yet, I don't write a fully detailed list. Sometimes, for example, I'll put down "fruit", or "vegetables". The fact is, while I do have a few items already planned out to buy, I like to browse at the grocery store, see what … Continue reading Quiche with chicken, mushrooms, and spinach