And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

To all my dear readers, I love all Christmas songs, from the gorgeously melancholic "We Three Kings" to the wistfully optimistic "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas". Very few songs make me want to sing them out loud, but play a Christmas carol and I’ll start humming the words, whether I’m in a department store elevator […]...

Honey and Sea Salt Caramels

Hello all, I’ve been in Hong Kong for a couple of days and it has been a complete whirlwind – but of course you don’t make a trip to the true city that never sleeps expecting a leisurely vacation! Every time I return to Hong Kong there appear to be about fifty new high rises, […]...

A Little Gift for My Readers

The suitcase is packed, the oven is shut off, the lights are dimmed, and I’m off to Hong Kong! It’s been quite a flurry of Christmas card writing and holiday baking, and I’m looking forward to a little rest and relaxation halfway across the world. I’ve got a few posts tucked away, though, so do […]...

Menu for Hope IV

I’m happy to announce that Dessert First is participating in the 4th annual Menu for Hope, a global fundraising effort to support the UN World Food Programme. Hosted by the marvelous Pim of Chez Pim, Menu for Hope has grown into a hugely successful yearly event on the blogosphere – last year the effort raised […]...

'Tis the Season

I love December, the gentle melancholy as we tiptoe to the end of the year, juxtaposed with the swirling joyousness of the holidays. I always smile when I realize the approach of things that suffuse me with the warm, fuzzy holiday spirit: gaily colored Christmas cards in the mail; children running about in puffy, scarf […]...