Tag Archives: Desserts

Paris Eats

20 May

Here is what I found odd and endearing about eating in Paris:

  1. No butter or oil for your baguette
  2. No bread plates -patrons placed their bread directly on the table
  3. Tips tax included in the menu price -how spoilingly (yep, made up that word) refreshing
  4. Waiters looking at you sideways if you refused espresso and/or dessert after any meal
  5. How long the French linger over each meal
  6. Having to request your check each time you finished your food- it is thought rude for a server to present a bill before it is requested

Anthony and I learned quickly that most Parisian restaurants are closed between lunch and dinner and reopen around 7:30pm. We weren’t quite hungry for lunch after getting situated in our HomeAway, missed our first opportunity for a good meal, and were starving by dinner time. La Fontaine de Mars, a suggestion I had picked up from an article about interior designer Kelly Wearstler, served excellent French fare . There, I ate Morel mushrooms for the first time. I’m a believer.

La Fontaine de Mars | Paris, France

Rue Saint Dominique, an avenue near the Eiffel Tower, was packed with too many wonderful restaurants and patisseries. Some of my other favorites in the neighborhood were Les CocottesGateaux Thoumieux, and Aux Merveilleux de Fred.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: A recap with recipe links

26 Dec

I hope you had a merry Christmas. I also hope you followed along with the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Online Cookie Swap Series. I have put permanent links directly to the recipes below for your reference. Here is a recap of what bloggers baked this holiday season:

Day 1: Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark with Gusto and Grace

Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bites www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Day 2: Sugar Cookies with Hello Homebody

Day 3: Russian Tea Cakes with Healthy Isn’t Hard

Day 4: Peppermint Brownie Cookies with Unconventional Adventures

Day 5: Almond Jam Bites with Blaine Arin

Day 6: Pizzelles with The Well-Styled Child

 Pizelles with The Well-Styled Child

Day 7: Peanut Butter Blossoms with Debbie Allen

Day 8: Gluten Free Chocolate Walnut Cookies with Thirty One Ministries

Day 9: Treasure Cookies with Enjoying the Journey

Day 10: Dark Chocolate Persimmon Cookies with Simple Pleasures

Dark Chocolate Persimmon Cookies Recipe

Day 11: Chocolate Espresso Cookies with Styled By Ryn

Day 12: Gluten Free Lebkuchen with Clothes, Crafts and Creativity with Caitlin

Did you try any of these recipes? Plan to try any?

A Recipe for My All Time Favorite Dessert

22 Nov

There was a time in my life, shortly after I graduated college, that I went over to my mom’s every Sunday to cook dinner. We had a “deal.” I’d put together a menu and send her a grocery list, she’d go to the store. I’d do the cooking, she’d do the cleanup. I think I got the better end of the deal.

Sometimes I spent all day in the kitchen. I’d look for the most interesting and elaborate recipes I could find. And I’d make dessert every time. In those few months, I tried so many recipes and cooking techniques. We savored some of the tastiest food I have ever tried.

In these pre-Pinterest days I would spend time scouring for great recipes on blogs and sites like Epicurious, Martha Stewart, and AllRecipes.

Those meals are some of my favorite memories.

A few months ago, Anthony and I started attending a dinner club with a few couples from church. The host is a very talented trained chef. Every week, collectively, we pick a theme for the following week’s dinner and each couple brings a dish. It is even a little competitive! We have had fresh pasta, sliders, an Asian flop, comfort food, breakfast for dinner and homemade pizza, among others.

Dinner club is something I consistently look forward to. We started as strangers and our weekly dinners have nurtured both our bodies and our relationships. I have so enjoyed getting back in the kitchen and getting creative. I have also enjoyed getting back to the table and enjoying really good food. I love gathering around the table sharing food, recipes, and stories.

For our last dinner club, I made my (hands-down, no competition) favorite dessert, tiramisu. I wanted to share the recipe that I used (adapted from Gourmet).Translated from Italian, tiramisu means “pick-me-up.”I might be a bit of a tiramisu snob… I have tried more varieties than I can count. I prefer my tiramisu to be more light and fluffy than custardy.

Tiramisu Recipe www.gustoandgraceblog.com

  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup very strong brewed coffee or brewed espresso, cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sweet Marsala wine, brandy or Kaluha
  • 1 pkg. (7 oz) savoiardi (crisp Italian ladyfingers)
  • 2 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder

Tiramisu Recipe www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Using an electric mixer, beat together yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl until thick and pale. Next, beat in mascarpone until just combined.

Beat whites with a pinch of salt in another bowl with cleaned beaters until they just hold soft peaks. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar a little at a time white beating and continue to beat whites until they hold stiff peaks.

Beat cream in another bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds soft peaks. Fold cream into mascarpone mixture, gently but thoroughly, then fold in whites.

Stir together coffee and Marsala, brandy, or Kaluha in a shallow bowl. Dip 1 ladyfinger in coffee mixture, soaking it about 1 seconds on each side, and transfer to an 2-quart baking dish (often 8×8 square). It is important to do this step quickly so you do not oversoak your ladyfingers and cause your tiramisu to be soupy. Repeat with half of ladyfingers and arrange in bottom of dish, trimming as needed to fit snugly. Spread half of mascarpone mixture evenly over ladyfingers. Make another layer with remaining ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture. Chill tiramisu, covered, for at least 6 hours.

Just before serving, sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Note: The eggs in tiramisu are not cooked.

Tiramisu Recipe www.gustoandgraceblog.com

What’s your favorite dessert?

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