Friday, October 22, 2010


Luxembürgerli are luscious, bento-worthy cookies made by Sprüngli, a chocolatier / pastier in Switzerland.

They're like little macaroons (the European version, not the American cookie made with coconut)--little cookies sandwiching buttercream or chocolate ganache in the middle.

Flavors included chocolate and bourbon vanilla, but also champagne, salted caramel, hazelnut, mandarin, and absinthe.

The cookie is as light and melts away in your mouth with rich, sweet flavor.

They're heavenly...with a price to match. Sold by weight, the tiny little delights wind up being nearly 1 CHF each. But as a decadent once-in-a-while delight, why not?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Quick Quiche

Another quick and easy lunch with a green salad, multicolored tomatoes, and red onions and two wedges of an egg-white and mushroom quiche.

I have to admit the quiche is straight from Costco. They're tasty, reasonably healthy, freeze well, and are easy to pop in the oven mid-week.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tomato Salad Thursday

There's a pretty decent Farmers' Market near my home on Tuesdays. This week I bought a bunch of organic heirloom tomatoes..purple, red, yellow, green, and orange. Delicious!

Here they are, cut into chunks and tossed with fresh mozzerella on a bed of arugula with a sprinkling of basil chiffonade on top. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar rounds out the salad.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Lettuce Wrap Lunch

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and the first weeks of the new year have been treating you right. My trip to Hawaii was great! We went scuba diving, hiking, and got to see Humpback whales. I'll post some food-related photos from the cruise in a few days or so.

Of course, I at waaay too much, so I'm trying very hard to be super healthy now that I'm home. I've been enjoying a lot of fish, but then I looked up the mercury content of what I had been eating--and discovered I had eaten the monthly recommended limit in three days.

Some days I feel like you can't win with food. Fish has mercury, soy can disrupt your hormone balance, meat is bad for your arteries, fruits and veggies are contaminated with pesticides....

Right now, Mr. Toro is in Kuwait (poor thing had to jump on a plane the day after we got back home), so today's lunch is mine. I made some chicken-mushroom lettuce wraps. They were super easy and turned out really tasty, even if they don't look terribly pretty.

Per serving:
4 oz. chicken breast
~1 cup crimini mushrooms
1 can water chestnuts
~1/2 cup cabbage

Cut all ingredients into a small dice. Cook until chicken is done and mushrooms have lost most of their water. Add in 1/4 cup dry sherry or sake or rice wine and 2T soy sauce and stir fry until mostly dry. Serve in lettuce leaves (I used romaine). You can serve with your choice of sauces as well--soya, thai peanut, and garlic chili would all be good.