Skinny Squash Donuts are sweet baked rings of Delicata squash, with cinnamon and dusted with a confectioner’s sugar replacement. A healthy & skinny treat for the holidays, always a little jewel. Continue reading Skinny Squash Donuts
French Fruit Tart, now that sounds complicated, but actually they are very easy to prepare and use the summer’s bounty of fresh fruit. Here, a French Fresh Grape Tart is on the menu, sparkling with glistening grapes, another little jewel from the kitchen.
These French tarts have a wonderful lineage. These tarts originated with a legend in pastry, Michel Richard. I began cooking classes at 21, and was very lucky to have cooked with classically trained chefs in Pasadena at the Inner Gourmet Cooking School. My instructors had worked with Micheal Richard on a project. He ran a lovely pastry shop in Beverly Hills. After working with him on the project, they got his recipe for French Fruit Tarts and passed it along in their cookbook, which accompanied their cooking classes.
These classes are so memorable for me, with guest chefs like Paula Wolfert and wine pairings from Joe Columbo (Yes,Trader Joe).
Really the right time, the right place to begin my cooking career. Armed with a strong start I set out into the culinary world. At that time I was was doing Food & Wine coordination aboard a corporate private jet. The skills and the “unbasics”, as the recipes were known, stay with me, and I go back to these classic French & Italian recipes frequently.
This French Fresh Grape Tart is flexible. I was lucky to find these small Champagne Grapes (despite the name they are not used to make Champagne). Use quality all butter frozen puff pastry, like Dufour brand), berries or 4 cups of your favorite fresh summer fruit and change out the grape jam glaze to apple jelly and there you are, French Fresh Fruit Tarts, always a little jewel in the kitchen.
Winter is upon us now, a perfect time to warm up with a comforting bowl of soup and dream of Spring gardens. Monet’s garden at Giverny was legendary and so are the recipes they served–Monet’s Garlic Soup a little jewel from the kitchen. Continue reading Monet’s Garlic Soup
Cabin Fever. Crisp fresh air, tall green pines and a pristine lake–that’s the setting in which little jewel recipe first entered my life about 25 years ago. Mary’s Buttermilk Raspberry Dutch Baby. Relax, it’s cabin food. Continue reading Mary’s Buttermilk Raspberry Dutch Baby
Mornings, or anytime of day, is just calling out for eggs. Bijouxs Bistro Eggs, a lovely little gem for a French twist on a favorite – get the newst little jewel. Continue reading Bijouxs Bistro Eggs