Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Sandies a.k.a Shortbread Cookies

Lovers of pecan sandies a.k.a. pecan shortbread cookies will love and adore these crisp, buttery treats that are a cinch to put together. One of the ultimate holiday treats which always makes for beautiful delicious packaged holiday gifts. Sandwiched between 2 of these buttery treats is a dollop of chocolate-caramel or, if you prefer you…

Pecan Chocolate-Caramel Tart

Serves 12-14 Pecan chocolate-caramel tart is a pâte sucrée crust (shortbread cookie crust) filled with pecans enrobed in a homemade chocolate-caramel sauce. It’s kinda like a premium candy bar with the chocolate-caramel coated pecans set in the buttery, sweet shortbread crust — which is to say perfect! The crisp texture and buttery flavor goes perfectly…

Pâte Sucrée

(Rich, Sweet Shortcrust Tart Pastry) Pâte sucrée is fussy, difficult to work with and sensitive. Having said that, I will add this: it also makes a dynamite tart crust! It is buttery, sweet and tender, like a good shortbread, and is perfect with fruit tarts. Don’t even try to roll it out – just press…

Deep Caramel-Chocolate Sauce

Makes 3 cups Caramel and chocolate is a wonderful marriage made in dessert heaven. For depth of flavor caramelizing the caramel to where you think it’s about to burnt is what you want. Also selecting premium bittersweet chocolate in the 68% – 70% is key, I use Valrhona (available at TraderJoe’s) Scharffen Berger or Lindt….

Roasted Carrot-Ginger Soup with Coconut Roasted Shrimp

Serves 4 We LOVE, LOVE, L_O_V_E this soup, and that’s without exaggeration. The carrots natural flavor and sweetness is enhanced by roasting the carrots before for 10 minutes. This carrot-ginger soup has the perfect flavor balance with the sweetness from the carrots and the warm and heat from the ginger. A little coconut milk and…

Sweet Potato Cornbread

Makes Two 9×5 inch loaves There are as many variations of cornbread as there are good bakers and adding sweet potatoes to crumbly cornbread isn’t a new idea, but it sure is a good one. This version combines the nutty, toasted flavor of stone-ground cornmeal with the sweetness and richly flavored sweet potato to produce…

Ina’s Pumpkin Roulade with Mascarpone-Ginger Buttercream

Serves: 8 Not everyone loves Pumpkin Pie…I know, I know, people have really strong feelings about what should or shouldn’t be served at Thanksgiving. But the one thing that everyone agrees on is there has to be some kind of pumpkin dessert. This year I celebrated 20 years since moving to the United States 🇺🇸…

Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce with Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella Ravioli Pasta

Serves 4 We’re reclaiming the habitual summer experience of biting into a freshly picked, firm but truly ripe, never-refrigerated cherry tomato that pops in your mouth and relishing it. In the height of summer, a stellar but simple tomato sauce is essential dinner fare. This sauce came about one when I had an abundance of…