La Festa al Fresco: Lemon Verbena, The Scent of Summer

  I can’t believe it’s already been a year since the last Festa al Fresco, the blog party to end all parties, hosted by the lovely Ivonne and Lis, two of the friendliest and most enthusiastic ladies in the blogosphere. My choice of ingredient for this go-around of la Festa? Lemon verbena. I had seen […]...

Daring Bakers Challenge: Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart

One of the best things about joining the Daring Bakers is the chance to meet so many other passionate bakers from around the world –  fellow pastry lovers who love talking about (and making) dessert, are marvelously creative and talented, and who also happen to be some of the nicest and sweetest people I’ve ever […]...

My Own Remembrance of Things Past: Dan Tats

Johanna of The Passionate Cook announced a most interesting theme for this month’s Sugar High Friday: local specialties. While living in the Bay Area affords me the luxury of having many famous local goods to choose from, I really wanted to pick one that was close to my heart: Chinese egg custard tarts, or dan […]...

A Tale of Three Tastings

By happy coincidence, I was party to a number of chocolate-centric events these last couple of weeks (or perhaps it was no coincidence – it would be a felicitous development indeed if everyone started embracing the joys of chocolate more!) The first was an invitation by the fabulous Marcia of Tablehopper to a chocolate tasting […]...

{Book Review} Dreaming of the Mediterranean

edited to add recipe! Do these look like boats on the clear blue sea? Summer is slowly drawing to a violet-and-rose sunset of a close, but is it too late to dream of one more vacation? I didn’t get to travel to Europe this summer, but I did the next best thing: I read David […]...

From Simple to Sublime: Hazelnut Cake with Roasted Glazed Peaches

Whenever I get a new cookbook, I always go through it from beginning to end once, eager to fill my senses with all the recipes contained within (I admit I am one of those people who has, on occasion, skipped to the end of a book to find out the ending, although I’ve resisted that […]...