December 24, 2019

Christmas Cupcakes

Artistic credit: Snowflake background created by a friend's daughter!

These mini-sized Christmas cupcakes are made with a touch of almond extract and a buttery glaze, which gives them a distinctive holiday flair. I found the recipe in a vintage cookbook: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living, Volume 4 which was published in 2000 yet still seems in style. The book is full of wonderful and inspiring ideas.

December 14, 2019

Deep, Dark Secrets of Gingerbread

The ultimate in seduction... They're cute, charming and they smell good! 
If you think that gingerbread is simply a sweet Christmastime treat, don't be fooled! There is so much more to this classic cookie than meets the eye. A fascinating history lies beneath the sugar coating. Gingerbread has a storied past, and its sultry tales will surprise you!

November 30, 2019

The Sweetest Royal Treatment: P√Ętisserie in Biarritz

La Grande Plage in Biarritz is desolate but still dreamy in wintertime.

Most visitors come to Biarritz during summertime for a classic seaside vacation. I was lucky enough to visit in the off-season. During this period (late fall and winter) when the weather is moody, this oceanfront Basque resort gets a break from the crowds. The beaches are no longer packed with sunbathers, so you can really appreciate the natural beauty and peacefulness of the coastline.