A Double DMBLGIT Surprise

I received a pleasant surprise in the middle of last week when I discovered the winners for September’s Does My Blog Look Good in This had been announced by Katherine of ToastPoint– and I was sharing the top spot with the lovely Bea of La Tartine Gourmande! Of course, Bea is one of the standard-setters […]...

Sugar High Friday #24: Petit Fours for Fall

I’ve already established my love for mignardises, so I couldn’t let another opportunity to make some little bites of delight, as Jeanne so aptly calls them, pass me by. Of course, with petit fours, the question, whether you’re making or eating them, is not which one? but which ones? I think one of the most […]...

World Bread Day: Brioche

Kochtopf kindly brought it to our attention that today is World Bread Day – surely no baker could let this day go by without a tribute to the staff of life? While I have a deep reverence for the magic that can be spun out of just flour, yeast, water, and salt, I admit I […]...

Apple Pear Crisp with Muscato Ice Cream: Ode to Autumn

Being a child of spring and of California, I have a predilection for sunshine like poured honey, flowers in burgeoning rainbows beneath scrubbed-blue skies, and berries ripe as promises, heavy with scent, tumbling through my fingers. But over the years autumn has slowly worked its smoky, dusky spell on me. Surely if I’d visited more […]...

Black and White Cake

There are few things that denote time spent in the kitchen and special celebration better than a multi-layered, immaculately frosted cake. Next to tart dough, this was probably one of the most intimidating hurdles I faced in pastry school.  The challenges in mastering this genre of dessert are manifold: to bake up nice even cake […]...