Julia’s Reine de Saba [Queen of Sheba] with Kahlúa

Some of the greatest man made creations were stumbled upon by mistake. For instance the creator of Coca-Cola stumbled upon his recipe for the brew while actually trying to find a cure for headaches. Stumbling across this recipe was not as glamorous but the result was certainly on the same level as that iconic taste….

Peel Asparagus? 

Peel a vegetable with seemingly no skin? It seems unnecessary. But Julia Child claims this French method is the best way to prepare your asparagus at home.  We’re encouraged to peel the outside ‘skin’ exposing the moist flesh beneath. Made much easier with peelers today then the paring knife used in the picture provided. Cut…

Julia’s Foolproof Hollandaise Sauce in a Blender

Yes you read that right, hollandaise sauce in a blender. Many people think of Julia Child recipes to be difficult. To many steps resulting in a misstep that ends in ruin. But these are the people who don’t actually read her books. They search the index or table of content and quickly find the recipe…

Julia’s Acclaimed Boeuf Bourguinon [beef stewed in red wine]

With a cold snap comes flannel pjs, warm socks and stew. There is a fire warming my living room and the oven warming my kitchen, the smell of boeuf bourguinon drifted throughout the house this afternoon. Armed with my Julia Child bible. Research formed from Gordon Ramsey, and the Barefoot contessa. I felt confident I…

Jamie Oliver’s Ultimate Chocolate & Raspberry Tart

Even typing that title makes me smile. It tastes just as decadent as it sounds. A chocolate crust topped with a double cream chocolate filling. The smell of my kitchen began with the toasting of the chocolate crust. The recipe was fairly easy to put mix together. Once I converted it from metric measurements. The…

The Chipper Chicken

I started out planning last night’s dinners as most inevitable do. I had defrost my main ingredient, chicken breast. From there I go in search of a recipe. Something I can put together with the ingredients I know I have on hand. After scouring my cookbooks to no avail. I turn to pinterest to save…

Half Naked Cookies n’ Cream Cake

 Browsing Pinterest is one of my favorite things. I can spend hours searching for my hearts desires. It is really boards of my muses.  One gave me the idea for this blog. I have hundreds of recipes in my kitchen concoctions board. It was one of the first boards I created. Once I started exploring…

Julia’s Boeuf à la Mode [beef braised in red wine]

With a beautiful roast beef in my freezer and Friday approaching I decide I’m going to start with beef  braised in red wine. I had all but one of the ingredients. Also red wine has been a hot topic recently in the Culinary world. Your finding it in desserts, hot chocolates pretty much everything we…

The Dutch Oven

Having the proper tools is essential to any cook. Little by little I tried to collect these items. An excellent set of knives, pots & pans, corning ware, blenders, choppers, and processors. Mostly from loving friends and family at my wedding showers. But something that was always too expensive was a Dutch oven. I always…

Black Magic Chocolate Cake

Black magic chocolate cake was my first choice when I got Wilton easy cake layers pans. With five pans and it boasts using one cake mix it seemed to easy. Smaller circumference a much taller. Absolutely decadent. Remember if your thinking of investing in these pans to take into account how much the cake will…

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

It’s arrived! Julia Child will be in my kitchen. Leading me through French cuisine secrets that would still be locked up at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, if not for her breaking the glass ceiling. No. I will not be going through the book with vows of devoting a year of my life to its contense….