Pesto Mozzarella Egg Galette with Roasted Red Peppers

This lovely little galette uses puff pastry instead of pizza crust as the base for typical pizza toppings (pesto, mozzarella).  The puff pastry adds a light, airy quality to the tart as opposed to a pizza’s dense crust.  Because the puff pastry is so delicate, tomato sauce would probably weigh the dough down, so pesto is a perfect alternative.  The over easy egg adds an incredible visual element to this galette- along with a wonderfully runny egg yolk you can dip the “crust” in....more

Puff pastry waffles filled with fruit jam

Warm pastry, with warm fruit jam and some icing powder on top is just divine. It melts in your mouth. After trying this, I have to admit that puff pastry baked in a waffle iron is so much more tasty than baked in the oven....more

Cannoncini all Crema Pasticcera

Cannoncini alla Crema Pasticcera (Pastry Horns with Italian Pastry Cream) - Buttery, flaky puff pastry sprinkled with sanding sugar and filled with creamy, vanilla bean Italian pastry cream.  An easy recipe for delicious Italian Pastries. ...more

On Parmesan Twists, Redux (Christmas "Wine and Wrapping" Recipe)

I'm a sucker for Bing Crosby Christmas songs. And appetizers. And wine! And I see no better opportunity than Christmas Eve to play some "White Christmas," sit down with some great little snacks, some drinks, some company, and finish my wrapping. For this year's "Wine and Wrapping" appetizers, we did Parmesan twists and ham on Triscuits (hey, delicious doesn't have to be snobby) with a green onion and dill Neufchâtel cheese spread. (Cream cheese is fine, but Neufchâtel is usually a little less expensive. And more interesting to write.)...more

I wanted a pre-meltdown snack that would be impressive-looking and take the place of lunch ...more

Parisian-Puff Apple Tartlets

 If you prescribe to the concept that eating well and living fit are all about balance you'll agree that the occasional treat is simply a necessary component of that balancing act. ...more

Keep Calm and Eat Dessert - 2 Quick Emergency Recipes

Define "emergency". Is one ever in dire need of dessert? Sugarholics may argue "yes" and I am, of course, one of them. Here are some situations off the top of my head where throwing together an emergency dessert is necessary....more