Archive for August, 2011




Iparralde – the French Basque Countryside

It feels so good to be home. Fresh air, green mountains, and soft sandy beaches. I am still in the thick of my vacation with my family in the Basque Country, but I wanted to pop in and say hello. I have captured over 1,000 images and I thought you would like to see some from ...




The Manuscript and the Scones that Will Take Us Home

"I feel like I am forgetting something" I emailed my agent Judy on Thursday. I had just submitted the manuscript for my cookbook to my editor. It was time to celebrate, yet I felt as anxious as ever. "Yes, you forgot to celebrate!" she wrote back. I laughed. So true. After months of working on ...




A Chocolate And Tahini Tart For Mikey

I woke up Monday morning to the sad news that Jennie Perillo's husband Mikey had passed away hours before. Suddenly, just like that, he was gone. The news left me paralyzed. I didn't know Mikey personally, but I thought about Jennie, their girls, and their family. I put myself in their shoes and could feel ...




There Is Always Chocolate In The Summer

Summer is usually all about fruit for me. Peaches, apricots, cherries, melon, and a array of sweet and tart berries. I turn them into tarts, muffins, sorbets and ice cream... Sometimes even into savory dishes. But one can only stay away from chocolate for so long. I try, believe me -- with no result. I spent ...




A Summer Lunch For Two

When I was a little girl, I loved day trips. Sometimes it was the beach, other times the countryside. I loved packing lunches and even then, I expected to have multiple courses and snacks to munch on throughout the day. In retrospect, I think food was actually the thing I looked forward to the most, ...