And the Winner of the W-S Gift Card is…

The winner of the $100 gift card to Williams-Sonoma, chosen entirely at random, is reader 106, Mary S! Congratulations! I was especially touched at her comment, which read, “I’ve been a reader for a long time and I’ve read about your baking (and baking related) adventures. It’s an inspiration and I’m very happy to see […]...

Cupboard Inspiration: Hazelnut Macarons with Homemade Nutella (plus bonus giveaway!)

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for visiting! While I was giving my blog a makeover, I was also doing a spring cleaning of our kitchen. We’ve been in our new home for almost a year and a half now – not really a new home anymore, is it? Certainly not judging by how overflowing […]...

Welcome to the New Dessert First!

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for visiting! To all my dear readers, I’m so very excited to unveil what I’ve been working on for the last couple of months – my revamped and redesigned home for Dessert First! This update has been a long time coming: I knew I’d outgrown my old setup a […]...

{Chocolate Review} Sweet Treats for Easter

Warning: There is going to be a lot of chocolate on this page for the next few posts. After all, it’s nearly Easter, the holidays that generates more candy sales than any other holiday save Halloween. Have you got your jellybeans and peeps ready for your Easter baskets? Let me suggest a few other Easter […]...

{Chocolate Review} Oliver Kita Fine Confections

When a chocolatier lists L’Ecole Lenotre, L’Ecole du Grand Chocolate Valrhona, and Academy du Chocolat Barry-Callebaut on his résumé, you pay attention. Oliver Kita is thoroughly versed in the art of classic French chocolate, as illustrated by the eye-catching bon bons above. A few weeks ago I received a box of his sumptuously crafted Studio […]...

A Busy Weekend Including Bake Sale for Japan

I had an over-the-top, amazingly full weekend, the kind that starts on Thursday afternoon and doesn’t end until you’re catching your breath on a wickedly warm Sunday evening. Too much to share, and some bits I’m saving for a future post, but I did want to talk about a big part of my Saturday: the […]...