Savarin with Fresh Summer Fruit, Candied Pistachios and Chantilly Cream

The final recipe of the second season of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen is one I have been excited to share with you as it was inspired by a delicious experience and meal I had the opportunity to enjoy this past summer at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley. While I can never replace the experience […]

Herbed Trout with Citron Beurre Blanc, episode 4, season 2

For some time there has been one skill in the kitchen that has been an unknown to me, but when I finally decided to explore it, my experience and flavors were taken to an entirely different level. The skill I was intimated to learn initially in the kitchen was how to make delicious sauces, inspired […]

My Friday Night Lemon Butter Shrimp Pasta, Episode 2, Season 2

Weekly rituals infused into our everyday routines welcome anticipation with quick attainment, as we can look forward to them four or sometimes five times a month and experience the culmination in relatively a short amount of time. Such is the case for my Friday Nigh Lemon Butter Shrimp Pasta. For nearly 12 years and likely […]

Moules Marinière à la Crème, Season 2 Premiere

Cooking in the kitchen is when I take a breath from the day. Especially when I am cooking for one person (that would be me! ;)), this routine of imagining in my mind what I am craving, letting my appetite anticipate the deliciousness that will soon be savored, and finding balance and nutrition in what […]

French Croissants – Traditional & Pain au Chocolat

Croissants and France. It is nearly impossible to think about one without thinking about the other. And while the history of where the croissant originated is debatable (did it actually originate in Austria in the 17th century?), the understood and agreed upon truth is that a croissant is absolutely scrumptious and made with ample amounts […]

A Simple Everyday Dinner: Parmesan Chicken & Toasted Forbidden Rice

~This recipe was the weekly Petit Plaisir inspired by the topic discussed in episode #234 of the podcast – Becoming Your Best Self: Embracing the Transformation Process Last week I was exhausted and happy all at the same time, and of course, I was also hungry. It was Wednesday, and as many of you know, […]

A French Omelette: Episode #5, Season 1

Breakfast, as was shared in episode #3, is one of my favorite meals of the day, and it becomes even sweeter when a French dish is a part of the meal. The classic French omlette is simple and asks only to be seasoned with the traditional French fine herbs (which are discussed in this episode […]

Apple Tarte Tatin, Single Serving Sizes

Apple and fall go together much like croissants and Paris. A perfect pair full of deliciousness.  So as I was enjoying Sharon Santoni‘s most recent book My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons which showcases her home during each season in Normandy, France, I came across her Apple Tarte Tatin. And when I saw […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Episode #2, Season 1

One of my favorite desserts that I wait for with anticipation after a long winter is a strawberry rhubarb tart. As rhubarb is one of the first foods in the garden to push its way through the soil, in only a few more weeks time, late spring, the strawberries become ripe and extremely fresh and […]

Season 1 Premiere – Sole Meunière & A Classic French Meal

Welcome to The Simply Luxurious Kitchen and its first season and episode! I am very excited to welcome you into my kitchen which has become a haven of curiosity and exploration for me over the years and share with you what I have learned to simplify and amplify the flavor in your everyday cooking excurions.  […]

A Simple and Luxurious French Onion Soup

“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.” — Auguste Escoffier, the founder of Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (his tome of a cookbook) Part of the reason to make meals involving brilliant flavors is to fill the home with […]

Chocolate Almond Praline Cookies

Each time my Bon Appétit magazine arrives, I turn the pages looking for recipes I may want to try. Upon located the recipes that tickle my taste buds, I ripe them out and place them on a corkboard I have in my kitchen. In BA’s recent Thanksgiving issue, they shared a cookie recipe that happened […]

David Lebovitz’s French Quiche: Bacon, Green Peas and Tarragon

If there is one meal for dinner I absolutely devoured as a child, it was the quiche my mother would make filled with bacon, vegetables and of course, don’t forget the buttery, flaky crust. As David Lebovitz reminds readers in his new memoir, L’appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home, quiche became […]

Pan Seared Oregon Sea Scallops with Butter Lemon Caper Sauce

Over the weekend I found myself in Eugene, Oregon. And while our fresh produce stands and farmers markets in Bend have closed for the season, I was hoping that those in Eugene were still open for a few more weeks. I was in luck. I stopped into Thistledown Farms and picked up my produce for […]

Tarte Aux Poires et Amande (Pear & Almond Tart)

Tarts are one of my favorite desserts, and as it is nearing the end of summer, one of my favorite fruits is coming into season: the pear. Last year I shared this pear dessert recipe and my affection became even more heightened for this lovely fruit. The subtle sweet meat of the pear is comforting […]

A Grecian Couscous Salad

  My first introduction to couscous salad was in Paris. And it was love at first taste. In fact, it became my comfort food as I was on my first international trip and the furthest from home thus far in my life at the age of 20. Being the novice that I was with food […]

A Fresh Strawberry Tart

A classic dessert recipe to have in your personal cookbook is a fresh fruit tart. Filled with delicious custard and topped with the freshest and your favorite fruit of the season, this dessert is also a beautiful, and more importantly delicious grand finale to a meal. As I approached the recipe, I searched for a […]

Blueberry & Rhubarb Crostata

Spring desserts beg to involve rhubarb in some way or another. After all, the red stalk is only in season a short while, and it offers such a unique tart taste that pairs well with a variety of fruits. In the past, I have always only paired with strawberries , and in fact, a good […]

Salmon with Chive Butter Sauce

Salmon in the Pacific Northwest is a staple, and fresh is always best, at least always make sure it is wild for the most nutritional benefits. Needless to say, we are a bit spoiled here on the west coast. And with ample salmon at our fingertips, I am always looking for new recipes, new sauces, […]

Playing with Spring Vegetables & Pasta

When the spring vegetables become available at the farmer’s market, I just want to do a little happy dance. Usually the winters have been long, and so we all have been patiently waiting for the produce that is truly candy for the eyes. It becomes hard to choose which vegetables to purchase for the week, […]

Dark Chocolate Truffles

As someone who enjoys a dark chocolate truffle each evening I haven’t had dessert, paired with a cup of tea, I have never made my own. To be entirely honest, I assumed it was an arduous task and best to simply let the experts work their magic. How wrong I was. The good news is […]

A Simple Spring Quiche

French cuisine and quiche. One of my favorite classic dishes from the French repertoire of cuisine is this seemingly difficult, but actually quite facile dinner item. With all ingredients available in one-dish, the clean-up is simple and with the combination of the flaky, buttery crust, it almost tastes like a guilty pleasure. Mais non! It […]