Bittersweet Chocolate Tartlets

What do you make when you’re invited to a bloggers’ picnic, to be attended by foodies and gourmands from all over the Bay Area? To make things more complicated, I would actually be at work all that day before going to the event, meaning I needed to make something that would have to be finished […]...

A Passion for Ice Cream

I finally got my hands on this book that I’ve been coveting all summer, Emily Luchetti’s gorgeous paean to all things frozen, A Passion for Ice Cream.  I’d been a huge fan of her ever since I got her equally delectable A Passion for Desserts – you’ll notice quite a few recipes from that book […]...

A Taste of Sadaharu Aoki

edited on 1/24/07: I regret to say that as of today I will no longer be giving out the recipe to the matcha opera cake. Thank you to everyone who has expressed such interest in this creation and written me. I have to say that this is a deeply personal recipe for me, as I […]...

Photographing Vanilla Bean Lemon Cake with Raspberries

Although I have not succeeded in reducing my pile of recipes to try – on the contrary, it seems to grow longer all the time – sometimes it’s nice to revisit an old recipe and remember what you loved so much about it (Not to mention all the times my friends and family get fixated […]...

Mangos and Macadamias

My current obsession with tropical fruit continues with some gorgeous mangoes I found at market last week. The tropical theme seemed fitting given the scorching weather we’ve been enduring in the Bay Area: days when everything seemed positively drenched in heat, the nights offering little respite. Things came to a crescendo when, one evening at […]...