Simplicity Done Right: Palm Springs

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French press coffee, French cuisine, and French music equals nothing less than a few of my favorite things. While on a little vacation this past week in beautiful Palm Springs, we came across a charming French country cafe, FARM, hidden in a little garden in the middle of downtown.

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French press loveliness

The layout of this cafe was very sweet as well. We were able to enjoy the beautiful patio in the center, but the inside seems to be the most enchanting. Although there are only a few tables inside, they are placed in a very intimate setting, with them all being in their own separate, formal dining rooms.

Fresh squeezed blood orange juice

Fresh squeezed blood orange juice

Keep in mind, there is no sign out front, just an open, welcoming gate with the sweet smell of crepes escaping to draw you in. This should go straight onto your itinerary on your next trip to Palm Springs. Everything from the food to the service was outstanding, and I cannot wait to go back and experience more of their menu.

Apple cinnamon butter crepe

Apple cinnamon butter crepe

Smoked Salmon Omelet

Smoked Salmon Omelet

Rosemary Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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As we begin to creep out of winter (slowly), and it warms up, I start craving fresh flavors. Lemon is such a bright flavor, and rosemary puts the perfect aroma in anything you bake. To top it all off, it’s Monday, and after a long day at work, my kitchen aid mixer practically sings to me when I walk in the door.

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These cookies are perfect with tea, or if your like me, just to sit around and eat. Enjoy!

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{Rosemary Lemon Shortbread Cookies}

2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp teaspoon coarse salt
zest of 1 medium sized lemon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla, rosemary, lemon zest, and salt, and mix for another 3 min. Add egg until combined. Add flour.
On a large piece of parchment paper, roll dough into a log about 1/2 inch in diameter. Place dough in freezer for 1 hour.
Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Cut log in 1/4 inch slices. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment about 1” apart. Bake 15- 20 min. until edges appear golden in color.

Monday Muffins: Buttermilk Spice

602936_10151407118264083_1125270016_nMonday morning.. Enough said for the working folk. But this Monday morning was a little different for me. Around 2am, I was laying in bed, wide awake, and the only thing I could think about was a huge buttermilk spice muffin from Mimis Cafe. So I tried to go back to dreamland, but I could only bare to sleep until 5:45am. I popped out of bed, and into the kitchen I went. There is something almost magical about grabbing spices out of the cabinet that early in the morning, and the smell of nutmeg and cinnamon in the house is like coffee for the senses. They came out perfectly, just what I needed to satisfy my 2am craving. I will be posting the recipe a little later, here is a pic of the little guys until then.