Sugar High Friday #25: Chocolate Truffles

Johanna of thepassionatecook came up with a decadently delightful theme for Sugar High Friday #25 : chocolate truffles. A nice follow-up to last month’s SHF, since it’s getting to be that time of year when having a tray of candies out for party guests or a tin of chocolates to give as a gift would […]...

Meeting Dorie

Where was I last Saturday night? Not out eating or clubbing or partying, but something much more exciting – meeting Dorie Greenspan at Sur La Table! Dorie was on the last stop of her cross-country tour to promote her Baking book; once she let me know she would be in town, I could hardly wait […]...

Pear and Almond Frangipane Tart

One of my very favorite things about autumn, when it’s grey and blustery outside, fallen leaves skirling about rain-dampened streets: being safe and cozy indoors, with something baking in the oven, filling the place with warmth and the scent of spices and the promise of comfort food to provide a balm against the chill. It […]...

Food and Wine Photo Contest Winners

Food & Wine has selected the winners of their food photography contest, and they are gorgeous! I’m humbled to note that my entry was selected as one of 25 honorable mentions, and is part of the photo gallery on Food and Wine’s site. For someone with basically zero training in photography and who is pretty […]...

{SF} Best Halloween Ever

It’s been many years since I was young enough to run around the neighborhood on Halloween, butterfly wings or witch’s cape fluttering on my back, and ring doorbells, my candy bucket clenched tightly in little fists. Nowadays, it just doesn’t compare to buy a bag of Hershey’s Miniatures and eat them on the couch, with […]...

Longing for Vienna: Linzertorte

I recently saw The Illusionist, a lovely jewel of a movie about magic, princesses, and love. Sound too saccharine and hokey? Consider that the film is set in fin de si├Ęcle Vienna, and manages to capture all the somber, old-world elegance of that city, infusing the film with the timeless quality of a fairy tale. […]...