This is another post for any of you serious bread bakers out there. Lately I’ve been obsessing over focaccia. It is a deceptive bread and it’s not until you taste an excellent one you realize there is so much more to focaccia than meets the eye. So much so that in Italy these breads are…

This post is for any serious bread bakers out there and especially for my friends over at The Fresh Loaf where I post occasionally. It is about the typical rye bread of the Swiss Valais. This wonderful bread has its own AOP status (appellation d’origine protégée), a certification which guarantees that everything used to produce it comes from…

Over 20 years ago and not long after we got married, Michael and I rented a small apartment overlooking the ancient fishing port in Santa Margherita Ligure. It was our introduction to Italian living and we fell in love not just with “Santa”, as it is known by the locals, but with the entire Ligurian region….

I’ve written about this region before and probably will again because it’s one of my favourites. From our  small village on Lac Leman, where the occasional palm tree grows, we rarely see snow but we can get a serious hit of winter in just over an hour in the nearby Jura. This geographic area is shared by…

  On a trip to Canada this November I was surprised to learn Kouign Amann was having a moment. It’s one of my two favourite French pastries (brioche feuilletée is the other) but this was the first time I had ever seen it in North America. Even in France, this delicious and deadly treat (just look at one…