A Trip to Tillamook and Gougères

September 15th, 2014

Gougeres bowl
 

Disclosure: I was invited on this trip as a guest of Tillamook. All opinions in this post are my own.

Happy Monday! Here's a post I've been eager to get up - a recap of my trip up to Portland, Oregon to visit the Tillamook factory!

I've been peripherally aware of this Oregon-based brand, but it wasn't until Tillamook did a pop-up shop in San Francisco a few months ago that I got to speak to some of their brand reps and learn more about their products. Although Tillamook is best known for their cheese, they've been rapidly expanding their product line, branching into yogurt and ice cream and even ice cream bars. After going home from the pop-up with a bag full of Tillabars, I was more than happy to get a chance to learn more about Tillamook in-depth.

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Almost Autumn: Grapeskin Flour and Almond Vanilla Madeleines

September 5th, 2014

Mini Almond Madeleines rack 

Happy September! Although we're still weeks away from the end of summer, I know thoughts of fall are already on many minds. Out here in the Bay Area though, the sunny days are just hitting their stride. Short and sunglasses are still out in full force, and it's peak wedding season up in wine country. Thoughts of golden afternoons up among the vineyards is what led to my latest recipe - if I can't be there, at least I can get a little taste...

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Eat Dessert First Month: Roasted Fig Gelato with Balsamic Caramel

August 29th, 2014

Roasted Fig Gelato
Roasted Fig Gelato

Happy Friday, and hope you're all looking forward to the long weekend (if you're in the US, that is). After macarons and tarts and cookies, I'm squeezing in one more dessert to celebrate the end of Dessert First month and herald the countdown to fall.

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Company Coming: Reconsidering the Chocolate Chip Cookie, Again

August 26th, 2014

 Brown Butter Choc Chip Cookies

When company's coming you vacuum the carpets and pull out the nice china (or at least make sure you have enough non-chipped plates in the cupboard). I usually take the opportunity to test out some new recipes on my unsuspecting guests, but sometimes when I don't have the time for trial runs to make sure the dishes are guest-worthy, I find it's a good reason to polish up my old standbys instead. It's always good to make sure your tried-and-trues are still tried and true.

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{Review} Hamptons Lane and Caramel Malted Milk Bavarian

August 20th, 2014

malted milk bavarian creams
 

As if I haven't been getting enough lovely things in the mail lately, I got a chance to try out a new food-related subscription box service. Hamptons Lane selects artisan foods and kitchen tools and creates themed boxes every month. Although I love browsing through kitchen stores as much as any other cook, there's certainly an appeal to curated collections - they help you discover items you might not have known about or otherwise considered trying. And I love getting surprises in the mail. So when I was informed that the theme of the August box would be Ice Cream Sundae Bar, I decided what better time to try it out?

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Eat Dessert First Month: Blackberry Mango Curd Tarts

August 15th, 2014

 
blackberry mango tarts cut
 

Happy Friday! I'm blogging from Portland where I'm coming back from a three blogger summit with Tillamook. It's been a fun (and tasty) trip and I'm looking forward to sharing the details! 

Before that, here's a little post I've been wanting to post this week (and finally got to, now that I have two hours before my flight home). Did you know August is Eat Dessert First month? I'm not sure how this amazingly relevant piece of information has not been on my blog before. Well, I have Lychee Rose Macarons up already, and for this week I thought I'd really be seasonal and use some of the glorious fruit that's out there.

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