Sydney-Chelle, A Romantic Valentine Cocktail

Sydney-Chelle, A Romantic Valentine Cocktail

Sydney and I were racking our brains trying to create a new champagne cocktail, that would not only look alluring, but be a palatable party. What we finally settled on was The Sydney-Chelle; it represents our favorite flavors and is festive enough for any holiday. I...
The Miracle of Nature, a Recipe for Life

The Miracle of Nature, a Recipe for Life

Anytime I feel melancholy or stressed I pull  a few photographs from our past. When Sydney was three years of age during a cold January day; I allowed her to play “hooky” from Montessori. We had a day of Colorado nature; we started at the Butterfly...
Mousse au Chocolat, to Brighten up The Day

Mousse au Chocolat, to Brighten up The Day

DF is a chocoholic, he adores almost any chocolate dessert, but his ultimate favorite is chocolate mousse. Between the intense rich flavor and the mousse’s light texture he is in heaven. He has been having a trying few weeks, between traveling, missing his...
White-Almond Cupcakes, Just In time For Valentine's Day

White-Almond Cupcakes, Just In time For Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away; Sydney and I created a delightful white almond cupcake perfect for saying I “love” you. For the past 24 years I’ve prepared a special dinner and dessert for DF. Last year, he surprised me while dining...
Champagne Pudding, Bubbly Fun

Champagne Pudding, Bubbly Fun

Every year, we have champagne left over from New Year’s Eve; each year Sydney and I create unique romantic desserts with the remaining champagne. This year, 2012, we were able to use the champagne in three separate recipes; Champagne Pudding was the first. The...
Rich Double Chocolate Cupcakes, a Treat for Tebow

Rich Double Chocolate Cupcakes, a Treat for Tebow

Being from Colorado everyone here has fallen in love with Tim Tebow; Sydney and I thought it might be fun to create a fusion of Valentine’s Day and Tim Tebow. The end result is a rich buttermilk chocolate cupcake with an even richer chocolate icing. I must admit...
A Final Farewell; To a Dear Friend

A Final Farewell; To a Dear Friend

For 43 years of my 46 year life I have been a faithful fan of One Life To Live; yes, the soap opera. If you are not familiar with the daytime show it debuted in july 1968;  All My Children, in 1970, was a spin of One Life  To Live. As I mentioned I was three when I...
L'Opéra Cake Gâteau, The Opera Cake that Sydney Loves

L'Opéra Cake Gâteau, The Opera Cake that Sydney Loves

Last Christmas, 2010, I introduced Sydney to a white opéra cake, with a crème bavaroise filling; she became an admirer from the first bite. I can still see her eyes wide and the glow of complete palate satisfaction. She normally prefers bittersweet chocolate over the...
Cassis-Cherry Marshmallows, a New Flavor for a New Year

Cassis-Cherry Marshmallows, a New Flavor for a New Year

This past December Sydney and I created a heavenly Very Cherry Berry Coffee drink. As I sipped on my warm delicious spirited coffee I asked Sydney if she thought we might be able to turn the flavor into a Dreammallow (the marshmallows are so light they taste like a...
Cannelés Bordeaux, To Help A Friend

Cannelés Bordeaux, To Help A Friend

Sydney and I had the unexpected fortune to meet the most optimistic person in Colorado, if not the nation. He knew I was a pastry chef and began questioning as where he might buy copper cannelé molds for his girlfriend. (He happens to be vegan, but his girlfriend is a...