Peach Tarte Tatin

  The farmer’s markets are overrun with stone fruits now, baskets tumbling-full of gold and rose hued peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums. There was a particularly gorgeous display at the Crocker Galleria market yesterday that made me wish I hadn’t left my camera at home, a vibrant stripe of summer sunshine piled across the table. […]...

Staging at Myth

  photos from Myth website I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to stage twice at Myth, a French/California restaurant in San Francisco’s Jackson Square area. I will get to the food very shortly, but I also wanted to mention that Myth is one of the loveliest restaurants I’ve been to, both cozy and elegant, grand and […]...

Chocolate Caramel Mignardises

It is probably no surprise to anyone that dessert is one of my favorite parts of any meal, which is why I was so delighted the first time I was treated to mignardises at a restaurant. Mignardises, from the old French word mignard, meaning pretty or delicate, is the perfect word to describe the little […]...

Pastries on Vacation

  Last week I went on a brief baking hiatus and took a little trip down to southern California, where palm trees, beaches, and Hollywood awaited. Even though I can’t complain about the weather in San Francisco, the blue skies and endless sands down there fulfilled my vacation requirements perfectly. Maybe it’s also the ubiquitous […]...