Nutella Cheesecake Bars

IMG_7475.jpegYou don’t really need a big intro for this one right? Two words: Cheesecake, Nutella. If you are not yet convinced, let me just tell you that these bars taste like a creamy brownie with the nicest crunch from the hazelnut crust. Also, you can bake and eat these in one hour tops. Although you should allow for cooling time. At least the first time. There will be many more. Continue reading

Smoked Salmon “Brandade”

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The first time I tasted “brandade” was at a French restaurant in Soho, New York. My fantastic friend Katie was responsible for this revelation. This mousse-like, light as air, delicious dip is perfect for the festive season or whenever you want something special to dip your toast in. Brandade is traditionally made with cod, but since you can purchase fantastic smoked salmon from Foodsaver Stores, then smoked salmon brandade is on the menu. Continue reading

Chocolate Chestnut Tart

IMG_0508.JPGWant something delicious, simple and foolproof for the festive table? Make a chestnut chocolate tart. In the past, just the word “tart” used to be the reason to avoid a recipe and stick to the good old cheesecake. But since I started applying cookie crusts to my tarts, a whole new world of deserts unfolded before me. No blind baking, no resting time, no dough rolling, no chilling time. Just you and your blender. Continue reading