Hazelnuts and Praline, Some of My Favorite Things

When asked to name my very favorite things in pastry, I often feel like a mother being asked which of her children she likes best. How to choose between chocolate and strawberries, puff pastry and pâte sucrée? How to weigh the merits of a lemon tart versus a crème brûlée versus a buttery shortbread cookie? […]...

Reconsidering the Chocolate Chip Cookie

Remember the massive chocolate chip cookie bakeoff I did last year, all in that elusive, neverending search for the perfect recipe? Well, with the New York Times throwing its formidable hat into the ring, a revisit definitely seemed in order. If you haven’t read the article yet, it’s certainly worth your time. Although every baker […]...

Happy News, and an Invite to You All to Participate!

What’s this photo doing up there? Well, lovely readers, I just couldn’t wait any longer to share this with all of you! This is the cover (currently, anyways – no guarantees until it’s actually out!) of my very first cookbook!! It’s called Field Guide to Cookies and it’s a collection of over 100 cookies from […]...

Olallieberry Season

The end of June has somehow magically vanished into the beginning of July, both in real life and on this blog. That must have been a doozy of a July 4th celebration for me…actually, it was a classic “San Francisco 4th of July”, meaning the waterfront was so densely covered in fog that we couldn’t […]...