Bruschetta with Arugula Pesto

February 21, 2012
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This dish may be called bruschetta, but to me it is really all about the pesto.  Maybe it’s because in my mind, bruschetta has always been a tomato based topping while growing up, and so it seems a bit weird to me to call this bruschetta, when there are no tomatoes.  So instead, to me, […]


Maple Pumpkin Granola, Gluten Free

October 11, 2011
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It’s Fall. And like a little kid on the first day of school, I have this renewed energy to seek and find myself, create new things, and explore the world.  Maybe it’s the way the yellow Autumnal light shines through the trees or sparkles inside dew drops not yet faded away.  Maybe it’s the newfound […]


Buttered Apricots and Goat Cheese

July 19, 2011
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Fruit deserves to have a place outside of dessert.    Dessert is often shunned for fear of ingesting too many sugar-filled calories and myriad other reasons, and sadly fruit often also becomes under appreciated, associated only with a guilty, and even naughty indulgence – how often do we think of certain fruits only with pies, […]


Tomato & Chevre Crostini

May 9, 2011
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I grew up in a small town.  When I was in high school, I think most of my social activities out with friends included some conversation along the lines of “There’s nothing to do in this town, I’m so freaking tired of the same old same old!”  Wow how short sighted we were back then, […]


Pan-Roasted Almonds with Thyme and Truffle Oil

December 20, 2010
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We celebrated Christmas a week early. Now that we have gotten in the holiday spirit thanks to our fun trip strolling through the Marché de Noël, it seems my husband and I are all about Christmas this year. I love the idea of embracing new traditions for ourselves, and so this weekend to accommodate our schedules a bit better, we had our full on Christmas feast. A veritable 3 course dinner just for the two of us – because what better Christmas present could I give my husband than a great meal made with love, and the two of us just enjoying each other’s company on these unseasonably cold and blustery Winter days?


Eggplant and Red Pepper Caponata

November 18, 2010
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I can’t believe that I was actually wishing for snow to fall today. It seems silly, right? I mean Summer just ended and Fall is upon us, and yet the thought of Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays finds me yearning for a few crystals to float in the air, sparkling in the low sunlight. To get our Winter-time “fix” we took a little train ride to Swiss-German-speaking land in the Alps to get up and close with our favorite mountain range.

Fate led us to the end of the SBB line in the little resort town of Grindelwald, just south of Interlaken in the canton of Bern, a post-card perfect village nestled right up next to some of the most famous giants of the Alps – the Wetterhorn, Schrekhorn, and the Eiger. Much to our surprise, it’s not Winter in the Alps yet either! The sun was shining throughout the valley, cresting ever so slightly over the wall of the Eiger, releasing a soft yellow glow over the entire landscape for most of the day.