Hazelnut and Chocolate Financiers

Hazelnut and Chocolate FinanciersThese glossy, sticky, chocolate coated hazelnut financiers are the perfect afternoon indulgence. I know it may seem like I have a chocolate hazelnut obsession, ( Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, Chocolate Hazelnut ShortbreadsChocolate Hazelnut Tart) but it’s just such a great flavor combination – I personally blame Nutella for fostering this flavor addiction during my formative years. More …

Fresh Lemonade, Gin and Tonic

Lemonade, Gin and TonicI have to admit, I do like gin and tonics. I am pretty fussy though. There are only one or two brands of gin that I really like, I also like a lot of ice and there has to be a decent wedge of lemon. Without the lemon, it’s just not a gin and tonic. I am that crazy person that spends about three minutes squeezing all the lemon juice out before I dare take sip. More …

Cherry Pie

CherryPie

Lots of things to be excited about this week- cherries are in season, plus there are beautiful peony roses blooming in the garden. It really is the small things! Living in Washington means that we are blessed with the most delicious, sun ripened, sweet and juicy cherries. More …

Strawberry and Lemon Curd Meringues

Strawberry and Lemon Curd Meringues

Last time I was home in Ireland, my Dad made his famous pavlova with strawberries, and I made a lemon meringue pie. When I tasted the two desserts together I realized that strawberries, lemon curd and meringue are an amazingly good flavor combination. So, that is basically what inspired this recipe for zesty lemon curd, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and crispy meringues. More …

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