Sweet Fig and Blueberry Galette

Juicy ripe figs

Inspiration is hard to come up with 2-3 times per week to fill this blog, but it can come when you least expect it. After an amazing trip to Northern California last week where I had a blackberry and peach pie large enough to have it’s own continent, this Fig and Blueberry Galette popped into my head. Just like that! The pie came from The Model Bakery in St Helena and tasted seriously amazing.

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Grilled Pear Burger with Wisconsin Blue Cheese and Candied Walnut Bacon

Grilled Pear Burger with Wisconsin Blue Cheese

Picture the scene, you’re crazy mad for a cheeseburger but you’re also thinking salad. Would you believe me if I said you could have both? I’m not talking side salads either, I’m adding it inside the bun to make the most freaked out burger you might see this summer.

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Garlic Parmesan Potatoes Au Gratin

Cheesey melty potatoes

The recipe for these potatoes came from a cook book I have and a restaurant I worked at before I moved to the U.S. They’re sometimes called Potatoes Au Gratin or Dauphinoise Potatoes. Dauphine is a region of France where these creamy, cheesy slices of potato heaven were born.

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Chocolate S’mores Skillet Cake

Gooey chocolate with marshmallows

I don’t know if it’s because summer’s here or what, but I’ve been seeing s’mores everywhere lately. Maybe it was this, or this or maybe these! I’m not complaining but after all that s’mores foreplay, I had to go and buy the three most accessible ingredients in the country (they really are) and turn them into this sweet, wondrous chocolate skillet cake.

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Chicken Salad with Almonds and Tarragon

Chunks of white chicken in a light mayo and mustard dressing

Salads don’t always have to be green, right? I think this Chicken and Almond Tarragon Salad is an exception to the rule and for the record, there’s a tiny splash of green in it. What else could I call it…chicken chunks in mayo? That does not sound legit.

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Flaky Butter Pear Tarts

Rich and flaky tarts filled with a moist pear filling

I put far too much effort into thinking of a title for this post. In the end I just called these what they are, tarts made with truckloads of butter and filled with juicy ripe slices of pear.

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