A Sweet Surprise

I’m working on a post that will hopefully be up in a day or two, but in the meantime I’m finally getting around to a long overdue task, which is putting up a shot of the beautiful watercolor that Carol of Paris Breakfasts sent to me! Back at Christmas I mailed Carol some of the […]...

Chinese New Year: Sesame Seed Balls

The Sunday just past (Feb. 18) marked the first day of the Chinese New Year 4705, or the Year of the Pig. There have been firecrackers going off late into the night, lucky oranges and plum blossoms in shop windows, and a lot of red and gold decorations everywhere. Many Chinese holiday traditions are heavily […]...

{Cookbook Review} Valentine's Day: Essence of Chocolate

I recently received a copy of John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg’s sumptuous new cookbook celebrating fine chocolate, Essence of Chocolate. Befitting one of the best-known artisan chocolate makers, the book provides both a concise summary of the role of chocolate in food history as well as an exuberant embrace of all the culinary possibilities of […]...

Ode to Citrus

Citrus, once a mainstay of winter desserts, will be sadly diminished this season due to the freeze in California that destroyed a huge portion of the nation’s citrus crop. I made a visit to the grocery to catch some of what remained before produce bins start emptying and prices start escalating. (Who would have imagined […]...