Daring Bakers: Eclairs with Flair

When you visit France, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the astonishing variety and abundance of gorgeous pastries everywhere – it seems like there are patisseries on nearly every street corner, all filled with enticing cakes and tarts of every color and flavor. Even with all this sweet tooth overload, I can still remember the […]...

Figs for Fall: Vanilla Bean Fig Cupcakes with Orange Blossom Honey Frosting

No, I know it's not fall yet, but it's hard to believe it's already the end of August and the waning of the year is just around the corner. Labor Day holiday, especially, snuck up on me this time: I'm definitely not ready to celebrate summer's last hurrah just yet. Fortunately for us San Francisco […]...

A Brownie with Aspirations

Back when I did my little poll on what all of you would like to see more of, the winner (by a few cake crumbs) was back to basics: the best chocolate cake, the best tart crust, etc… Well, here’s my first attempt to fulfill that promise: my best brownie recipe! However, as we’re doing […]...

Weekend in Carmel

This post took me quite a while to put together, mainly because I was sifting through vacation photos, and we all know how long that can take. A couple weeks ago, I went down to Monterey for the weekend, and I wanted to share my adventures there. The problem was, choosing from all the photos […]...

Taking a Sip of Memory

It's been lamentably long since my last visit to Rome, and all my memories of it have taken on that misty, dreamy quality when you're not sure whether it's a true remembrance or one half-embellished with your fantasies of what really happened. Although, Rome is so very old and layered in memory that I wonder […]...