In Ice Cream, Pudding, & Fruits on
May 26, 2016

Lavender Ice Cream for a Picnic in Provence

lavender ice cream

On my bucket list is a trip to Provence during the summer months. I’ve always had a love affair with Provence and all things related to this French town, but thanks to modern tales like Picnic in Provence, this romance has taken on a fervor it lacked before. The abundance of farmers markets, the gorgeous countryside backdrop, and the delicately infused lavender ice cream that you can find there has my heart pitter-pattering for this French destination. I imagine that the day I visit Provence, I will be spending much of my time shopping at the markets and making stops at artisanal ice cream shops.   Read more

In Bread & Breakfast on
May 23, 2016

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

banana chocolate chip muffins

I spent my weekend getting some much needed R&R, starting a novel I’d be meaning to read, celebrating a birthday in the family, and baking. There’s always got to be some baking, and this weekend it was all about the classics. I made a bakery-style yellow cake with mocha chocolate frosting for my cousin’s birthday, and then spent a lazy Sunday morning making these banana chocolate chip muffins. These banana chocolate chip muffins are so incredibly moist. They remind me of the banana muffins I had at a Paris bakery I frequented in St. Germain. I visited this local bakery every day, sometimes twice a day, for breakfast and an afternoon treat. While the bread and viennoiserie were great, it was their muffins and cookies that really won me over. Read more

In Bread & Breakfast on
May 19, 2016

Croque Madame Recipe for Breakfast

croque madame recipe

If you step into almost any classic French bistro, you’ll find a croque monsieur or croque madame on their lunch menu. It’s the French version of our “club sandwich” here in the States, in regards to popularity and its widespread presence. A croque madame (or croque monsieur), however, is far cheesier and tastier than the club sandwich. The difference between a croque monsieur and a croque madame is the presence of the fried egg, which only exists on the croque madame. The fried egg on top is actually what inspired me to create a croque madame recipe for breakfast, rather than lunch. Read more

In Bread & Breakfast on
May 16, 2016

Brioche Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

brioche rolls

One of things I always miss about Paris is the ability to have freshly baked goods at my doorstep. I love being able to walk out of the apartment building and go two doors down to a fantastic bakery. Here in the States, I have to drive about 20 minutes to my ideal bakery, which just isn’t practical on a daily basis. I miss the fresh croissants, pain au chocolat, and brioche I enjoy in Paris. Oh, the brioche! Whether it’s in the form of a loaf, individual muffins, or a spin off of classic cinnamon rolls like these brioche rolls here, brioche is one of my favorite French indulgences. If you’re not yet a fan, I have a good feeling that these brioche rolls will make you one. Read more

In Ice Cream, Pudding, & Fruits on
May 9, 2016

Parfait au café

parfait au cafe

I am totally that girl that loves espresso-flavored sweets. Chocolate-covered espresso beans, coffee-flavored ice cream, mocha cheesecake, and frozen espresso desserts like this parfait au café make me giddy with excitement. I love how the rich, robust flavor of espresso cuts through the sweetness of a dessert, providing balance and variety in flavor. Read more