Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

My father-in-law makes fantastic French pastries and desserts. One of my favorites is his pear custard tart. My husband decided to bake this a couple nights ago – lucky me! Here’s his recipe for this delectable tart – note, you can also use apples or apricots instead of pears (see below). Ingredients For the tart … Continue reading

Chicken Ratatouille – Family Twist on a Classic French Country Dish

Chicken Ratatouille

This recipe was passed down from my mother-in-law’s French family to my husband. Ratatouille is typically a vegetarian dish, but my husband’s family likes to cook the stew with a whole chicken and serve over steamed white rice or with roasted potatoes. Though he’s made ratatouille over the stove, my husband and I decided to … Continue reading

Heirloom Tomato Tart & Arugula Salad

Tomato Tart

I’ve been wanting to make a rustic tomato tart for years. Now that I have a food processor, making the tart crust from scratch is super fast and easy. If you’re short on time, however, you can use a sheet of puff pastry for the crust. After cooking so many cozy comfort meals, this tart … Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

I love to make butternut squash soup in the fall. The sweet, nutty flavor of butternut squash is so comforting on a cold and rainy day! I was recently given a copy of barefoot contessa: back to basics written by one of my cooking role models, Ina Garten, and was flipping through it recently when … Continue reading

Raclette: A Stinky, Yet Satisfying French Treasure


My husband is half French, born in Paris. A few years ago, we traveled to France to visit his aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends. We were lucky enough to stay with family and friends the whole time, which meant we had a LOT of delicious home-cooked French food. My favorite discovery on that … Continue reading

Recipe for Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

The best roasted potatoes I’ve ever had were served at a restaurant during a family trip to Ireland. It’s no surprise Irish people would know how to cook their potatoes! Ever since, I’ve tried to re-create that perfect blend of soft and steamy on the inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside. While I don’t … Continue reading

Hamburger Steak Soup Recipe

Hamburger Steak Soup over rice

My husband’s former roommate had a slow cooker and a HUGE cookbook with various slow cooker recipes. One of his favorite dishes to make was hamburger steak soup, and my husband and I grew to love it, too! Though this dish is technically a soup, we always eat it over rice. It’s a warm, cozy … Continue reading

How to Make Japanese Curry (one of my favorite dishes)

Japanese Curry and Rice

  For those who know me well, they know I love to eat rice. Whenever I’m traveling, I need to find rice within 3 days or I shrivel up and die. (Ok, I’m being a little dramatic.) In addition to rice, I love gravy and sauces that resemble gravy. So, when it comes to my … Continue reading

Pizza Night!


I LOVE pizza! I love making it, too. My husband and I like to buy pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. Given that I’ve made pizza dough from scratch and completely failed, starting with pre-made dough puts you a level above going with Boboli without risking a false start. We use marinara or pizza sauce … Continue reading

Pancakes! (Recipe Inside)


When I’m in the mood for fluffy pancakes, I use Alton Brown’s “instant” pancake mix recipe. The recipe enables you to make a bunch of “instant” pancake mix that can be stored up to 3 months if well sealed. I often make the mix from scratch, however, for the exact amount of pancakes I plan … Continue reading