Strawberry Rhubarb Charlotte

Strawberry Rhubarb Charlotte

Our strawberry rhubarb charlotte was inspired by one we had at Au Pied de Cochon this past June. We were so impressed by the delicious dessert that I adapted it for Tomiko’s unofficial birthday party over the Canada Day long weekend. The tart rhubarb makes this strawberry rhubarb charlotte really special, since we can only […]

Maple Crème Brûlée

Maple Creme Brulee

This year for Donatello’s birthday, I made maple crème brûlée instead of any type of birthday cake. This is a variation of the one I made last year, I just substituted maple syrup for the white sugar in the custard. I didn’t have any maple sugar, but if you do, you can use 1/2 cup […]

Thick’n’Creamy New England Clam Chowder

Thick'n'Creamy New England Clam Chowder

Travelling through New England in spring 2014 and autumn 2015, my parents and I made sure to take advantage of the local quahog clams via delicious, creamy clam chowder. Manhattan clam chowder is lighter and tomato-based, but New England clam chowder is thick and creamy and rich. Here is a recipe that I made for Tomiko, […]

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée

Donatello loves crème brûlée and always orders it whenever it appears on a menu. For his birthday in December, I made individual crème brûlées for him (and the family); and of course, he got the biggest one. After dinner and gifts, I pulled the ramekins of  crème brûlée out of the fridge and lit up […]

Croquembouche Birthday Cake


Instead of a regular old cake for Tomiko’s 30th birthday, I made a towering croquembouche! Last year I made her a white chocolate raspberry cake, but I wanted to create something special this year. I have loved profiteroles (aka cream puffs) since first trying them when I was about 14, and so I eventually learned […]

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