Meeting Elizabeth Falkner and Other Tidbits

One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is, of course, the vibrant culinary scene. It’s amazing to think that I am tootling around the same area as people like Alice Medrich or Michael Recchiuti or a host of other gastronomic luminaries. Case in point: last night, I attended a book signing […]...

Daring Bakers Challenge: Tender Potato Foccacia

It’s been a busy November for me, with various projects I’ve been working on, and preparations for the upcoming holidays. I almost thought I wouldn’t have time to participate in the Daring Bakers Challenge, but when I saw that we could make foccacia out of the base recipe, I knew I had to do it […]...

Eat My Words

I like to think that the desserts I create my kitchen tell a story. Maybe they say that I like trying new and unusual recipes. Or that I like making the classics too. That sometimes I get obsessed with perfecting a recipe. Or that I get obsessed with certain French pastry geniuses. Maybe this says, […]...

Sesame, Says I

Well, I haven’t made those citron vodka-laced chocolates from Alice Medrich’s Pure Dessert yet, but I did try another one of the inspiringly original recipes from her book. I must mention that it’s turning into one my favorite books of the year; if you remember my shortlist of baking books from a while ago (and […]...

Yes, My Blog Does Look Good!

What a nice way to finish off the weekend! Just when I was bemoaning the return of Monday and work, I get this happy little surprise to make the end of the weekend a little more bearable. Jennifer of the lovely Bake or Break was the host of the October edition of DMBLGIT, and she […]...

Apples Blooming in Autumn

Remember P√Ętisserie Philippe’s gorgeous apple tart from my last post? If you didn’t get a good look at it, here is an outtake from my photo shoot: Isn’t it just beautiful? The perfect, wafer-fine crust, the carefully layered slices of apple fanning and furling into a blooming rose in the center; this is a dessert […]...