Sugar High Friday #29: Nibby Cookies

Emily of the compulsively readable Chocolate in Context came up with a creative challenge for this month’s Sugar High Friday: Chocolate in the Raw, a nice bookend to January’s Chocolate by Brand. While I would have dearly loved to experiment with a fresh, raw, cacao pod, there were unfortunately no trips to cacao plantations scheduled […]...

Goat Cheesecake for Donna Day

Peabody of the beautiful Culinary Concoctions declared the theme for this round of Hay Hay It’s Donna Day to be cheesecake, which got me all excited. The pastry world has certainly moved on from cheesecake as the boring old workhorse of dessert menus, the monolithic white slab covered with gooey cherry filling, or absurdist extremes […]...

{SF} Charles Chocolates – The New Store is Open!

I’ve been a fan of Charles Chocolates since I tried the passion fruit heart at CocoaBella. Last year I visited the temporary store in San Francisco, and I got to see Chuck Siegel himself do a demonstration at CocoaBella with fellow chocolatier Christopher Elbow. Now it looks like Chuck is realizing his dreams, as well […]...

Goji Berries, or, Mothers Really Do Know Best

One of the hot new health foods right now is the goji berry, which looks like a brighter, ovalish cousin of the cranberry and is touted as a “superfruit” for containing a pharmacy’s worth of antioxidants and vitamins in one tart little package. I first saw goji berries mentioned on Vosges’ new Goji Bar, which, […]...