Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce

pear galette

My culinary journey has been a winding road.  Sometimes with hairpin turns and sometimes with steep uphill jogs. (If you know me, you know I am NOT a jogger) A few downhill walks and some lovely flat, grassy roads have led me from the past to the … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies

This is the time of year that gets me into trouble.  Yep, I get the baking bug. And of course if I bake something, I have to taste test it.  Right? I also have friends who bake.  And they bake the most delicious treats.  In fact, two of my … [Read more...]

Wild Blackberry Cardamom Cobbler

It's blackberry picking season!  For about six weeks each year, I tote my bucket all over our mountain looking for those beautiful berries.  The sun warmed berries are sugary sweet this time of year and it feels a little like food … [Read more...]

Strawberries Romanoff… And two very belated thank you’s.

It’s always heartwarming and flattering when a fellow blogger nominates my blog for an award.  To even be considered in the same “blogging” category as some of my fave bloggers is mind-boggling.  Especially when I can’t seem to get my award widgets … [Read more...]

Huckleberry Upside-Down Ginger Cake

Huckleberry Upside Down Cake

Pardon my silence these last few weeks.  Life is... Well it's life.  And sometimes it throws a few curve balls.  The darn thing is, I'm a terrible catcher. But I'm a good sprinter and if I can't catch those curve balls, I can certainly chase them … [Read more...]

Grilled Summer Peach Crepes with Lavender Mascarpone

Peach Crepes

One of best things about being a chef is teaching people to cook. I cherish the moment when I see the knowing gleam of light in a student’s eyes.  The moment when they have mastered a new cooking technique or when they have discovered the answer … [Read more...]

The Dreamiest Chocoflan


Dreamy.  Completely and utterly without fail the most dreamy dessert I've tasted since indulging my sweet tooth in a creamy coconut ice cream fudge sundae about one month ago. I don't eat many sweets.  There's a good reason for this.  Mostly … [Read more...]

Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

My two sassy gals love this cake. Actually, my two sassy gals love all cake.  And I can't forget my main man, Ranger Craig.  He lives for cake.  And seafood with sauce on top. He's a saucy guy :) Hmmm... two sassy gals and a saucy guy.  … [Read more...]

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

I think I've firmly established the fact that I love chocolate.  I love all kinds of chocolate; spiced chocolate, chocolate with cocoa nibs, chocolate with candied orange peel, and I am totally in love with the new seasonal Theo chocolate caramel … [Read more...]

Heidi’s Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate!  It's time. It's time I posted something über delicious and almost naughty.  And these little darlings are just that.  So delicious and so decadent and rich they almost feel like your breaking a rule or telling a fiblet (Fiblet... my word … [Read more...]

Almond Toffee Chocolate Squares

All I can say about this recipe is WOW!  I don't prepare many sweets at home as I'll be the one consuming all that sugar.  However, a few weeks ago my friend Heidi sent me this recipe.  I finally had a chance to prepare it and it literally took 3 … [Read more...]

Maple Rum Sauce over Grilled Plantains and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

The Bennett Crew loves plantains.  Especially when they are green and we slice them up and fry them to make Patacones.  But because we were looking for something sweet to eat, I thought the plantains would make a decadent dessert. When plantains … [Read more...]