Blueberry Tarts with Meyer Lemon Cream

edited to add recipe on request! This is one of the desserts that I’ve had on my to-make list for a very long time. When I first saw this recipe in Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course, I remember feeling awe at her skills in creating a sophisticated twist on a dessert classic, and astonishment at […]...

Cherry Trio

It’s the beginning of cherry season – when I went to the farmers’ market this week, there were boxes of the red and gold-colored fruits beckoning from the stalls.  The deep ruby Bing cherries were already sweet enough to eat out of hand, while the yellow ones were still a little on the tart side […]...

Food Photography Workshop

Last weekend I went up to Sonoma, not for the wine but for a food photography workshop being held at VIVA, the Culinary Institute of Florence and Italian Cultural Center in Sebastopol. Surprised that such a place was out in wine country? So was I, but it is a beautiful little building designed in that […]...

{SF} Charles Chocolates

What could be better than chocolate? How about free chocolate? Charles Chocolates, which has been providing fine chocolate to San Francisco since 1987, opened their first retail store for a test run in the city. As if the limited duration of the store (through the end of May) was not energizing enough, the mention of […]...

Preserve Net Neutrality

While today was meant to be posting about St. Honoré Day, it is also the day for taking action to preserve Net Neutrality, so we can continue to visit all of our favorite sites in the same way we can now. Read Pim’s post Go to Save the Internet and read about this issue Sign […]...

Happy St. Honoré Day!

Did you know today is St. Honoré Day, in honor of the patron saint of bakers and pâtissiers everywhere! And what more appropriate way to celebrate than with a Gâteau St. Honoré? Who was this mysterious figure to whom I really should be praying more often to have my breads rise properly, chocolate tempered perfectly, […]...