Category Tutti Fruity

Anne Willan’s Mother

I asked Anne Willan for a piece of her mother. I know that is a very strange, and seemingly personal thing to tell you after my blogging absence of over 2 months (More on what I’ve been up to in a later post!) but there is a lot more to this story. There is so […]

Virginia Willis says we should Lighten Up so let’s have Peach Soup!

I met Virginia at a book launch party for Anne Willan. Virginia was one of Anne’s star pupils at her renowned culinary school La Varenne, and Virginia has gone on to create an illustrious career as a chef and author. What I first noticed about Virginia was she was seemingly a bit shy and she […]

I am a Writer (who made Blueberry Lemon Delicious Pudding)

Something happened to me last week. I became a writer. I didn’t get a job or a book contract. Nothing actually changed at all except for my mindset. I haven’t been paid for writing in decades, and yet, I still write. I write because it is what I like to do. And therefore, I am […]

Mango Jalapeño Margarita for Chelsea

I’ve been getting into cocktails lately. Way long ago, when I was in my thirties, I found my comfort zone was a glass of wine because it was predictable.  Cocktails always tasted too sweet or too weak and opening a bottle of wine was so much easier than getting ingredients for a cocktail. But in […]

Pomegranate Flan for Allan

Flan seems like an appropriate recipe for One and Only Son’s birthday, which is tomorrow, which begins the celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which is where I gave birth to said Son. While living in Mexico, birthplace of One and Only Son, I discovered flan…an easy, delicious and quite impressive dessert.  Over the years, I […]

Mom’s Memory Pie (aka Blueberry Lemon Tart)

Today is my father-in-law’s birthday. And two days ago was Firstborn Daughter’s birthday. You may wonder why I am posting about my Mom today instead of them. Well, here’s the thing. I started testing recipes earlier this summer to commemorate their special days. But I didn’t finish.  I am not stressing about it, I just […]

Foolproof Favorites from Famous Chefs – Balsamic Strawberries

I went to the farmer’s market in Solvang yesterday. I was buying some green beans and the friendly farmer handed me two ripe strawberries to taste.  So I did.  I had no need for strawberries and was rushing home to start prepping for a dinner party last night.  The peach dessert was already made and […]