This recipe for Heavenly French Toast was originally posted in May of 2014 but it is the perfect brunch dish for the first of January. When I was recently in Chicago, my family took me to Heaven on Seven for a get together with some friends. I’d heard about this restaurant for years – especially from my son Dirk – who loves it. In fact, I was given their cookbook as a gift. As we approached an office building, I thought perhaps we were making a quick stop, but as we entered the elevator I watched as the number seven was punched. As we exited the elevator, I still had no clue. A few steps later, we entered Heaven on Seven and I was awestruck by the hundreds and hundreds of hot sauce bottles from ceiling to floor covering wall after wall. There couldn’t be a better wall covering for one of the countries premier Cajun restaurants, Continue reading
This Lemon Blueberry Cake was the result of a client at the restarurant asking for something I hadn’t made before. These requests gives me an opportunity to think about new desserts that I might not have thought about on my own.
The only request was a Lemon Blueberry Cake. How I put it together was up to me. I knew I didn’t want to make a lemon cake with whipped cream and blueberries, so I thought about it for a few days and decided that it needed to be a light cake which dictated a chiffon base. The white chiffon cake used for Coconut Cream Cake was the perfect choice. Light and full of flavor on it’s own it can take a strong filling.
I was once asked where creativity comes from. It can be found anywhere and everywhere. A pot of basil can inspire pesto but then what to do with it. Why turn it into a Goat Cheese Pesto Tart of course. A great dessert you taste can make you think of what you would do with it – how you would tweak it. Or, in this case when I was asked for the recipes six months out for a class, I just made up Lemonade Cake with Warm Blueberry Sauce. Doesn’t that sound inviting? The only problem there was no recipe.
I always mean to start early when I have designed something on paper but not tested it in the kitchen. I usually don’t. As the days counted down to the class, I tried every lemon mousse I could think of and made some up myself. In the end, I reverted to my go to recipe for the most lemony of all fillings – lemon curd. It was a simple matter of folding in beaten egg whites and whipped cream to give the Lemonade Cake a smooth, luxurious feel in your mouth. There is just enough gelatin in the curd to have the mousse set up perfectly. Continue reading
Several years ago, Midwest Living magazine asked me to provide a “no fail pie crust”. The results elicited this comment from the food editor: “We share a test kitchen with Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, Successful Farming, Diabetic Living and more. The staff is educated in food science or through a culinary school. We used your crust for all the pies and they were blown away with the recipe. Not only does it taste great, it was easy to work with. You became a sensation! One of the staffers refuses to make any other crust at home and she’s been on staff for almost 20 years. I hope you feel the love!” I think you will too after making this melt in your mouth crust. Continue reading