Halibut en Papillote with Pernod

Great things come in small packages, especially when you cook en papillote. Halibut en Papillote or Halibut al Cartoccio. Both a French and an Italian method of cooking fish in an enclosed parchment paper pouch along with veggies, herbs, wine and or butter. Serves 4 The first time you have this dish, it feels like…

Lavender-Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is one of the worlds most famous and seductive desserts. Its status is well deserved -delicious, sophisticated, and elegant, there are few people who can resist it. Serves 4-6 depending on ramekin size Julia Child believed that every woman should own a blowtorch. If you’ve lucky enough to have one, it will come…

Spring Panzanella Salad

Bread Salad. Just think about that for a second. Put the word “bread” in front of the word “salad” and you get people’s attention real quick. Serves 4-6 Just add some good grassy olive oil and chunks of summer tomato and they become very good listeners. If you’ve never tried Panzanella, you’re in for a treat. This classic Tuscan…

Brownie Mocha Latte Cheesecake

It’s a fancy mocha latte in the form of a cheesecake with a brownie base.  Serves 12-16 Let’s talk about the amazing ridiculousness that is this cake. The smooth, and creamy cheesecake with a kick of coffee flavor. If you love coffee, ☑️ if you love chocolate, ☑️ if you love brownies, if you love…

Black Forest Expresso Cake with a Bittersweet – Kahlúa® Glaze

Here it is: death-by-chocolate. But what a way to go! Serves 14-16 This is a magical cake – unadulterated chocolate bliss. The texture is similar to that of a very creamy truffle, but even fudgier. It’s critical that you use top quality chocolate for this recipe, such as Valrhona, Scharffen Berger or Lindt. For the…

Herb & Panko Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Roasted rack of lamb is a brilliant centerpiece dish because it’s effortlessly-impressive to serve for special occasions, yet simple to prepare for an everyday meal. You’ll not go wrong with this roasted rack of lamb. The recipe uses a Panko coating with a blend of fresh spices that makes gives it full flavor. It also calls…

Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake with Grapefruit Curd

Serves 8-10 Ready for a slice of heaven? We are no stranger to decadent and rich cakes. But what about a cake recipe where butter, fat, and egg yolks run away in fright? No matter how healthfully we try to eat, most of us sometimes craves something sweet and more so during tough times. A…

Framboise Chocolate Torta

Serves 10-12 Framboise chocolate torta is a European-style cake that is extremely moist with deep chocolate notes that conspire with Framboise (raspberry liqueur) and fresh raspberry purée then draped with a chocolate butter glaze. This is a chocoholics dream which is why I always make it for Valentines Day for Timothy. I recommend using artisanal…