Pierre Hermé Macarons at SF Cooking School

August 13th, 2014

sf cooking school macaron class
SF Cooking school macaron class

It's been a while since my pastry school days, and oftentimes I feel the itch to get back into class to keep up with the newest trends, brush up on old skills, or just to be around some nice shiny professional equipment again.

After talking to chef Nicole Plue about her role as the instructor for SF Cooking School's professional pastry program, I was eager to have the chance to see her in action. My opportunity came with the pastry workshops for enthusiasts she's also teaching. These intensive classes are usually three days long and focus on specific topics like laminated doughs or breakfast pastries. One came up on the schedule that really caught my eye: macarons Pierre Hermé style, using recipes from his gorgeous cookbook MACARONS. You can never get too much macaron making practice, so thanks to Jodi, the head of the SF Cooking School, I was in!
 

Read more →

→ 1 CommentTags:·····

A Sweet Social at Godiva

August 6th, 2014

Godiva storefront
Godiva storefront

Last week I went to a summer sweet social - only it was at Godiva, and the sweets were Godiva's newest creations, their Trufflelata and Belgian chocolate soft serve. Not your typical ice cream parlor fare, for sure. I made sure not to eat too much before I went and wore my stretchiest pants in anticipation of a lot of dessert.

Read more →

→ 3 CommentsTags:···

Chocolate, Strawberry, and Rose Geranium Cake (and a bonus giveaway!)

August 4th, 2014

 
chocolate strawberry jam cake
chocolate, strawberry jam, and rose geranium cake

Here's the bonus strawberry-inspired recipe I mentioned on my strawberry tour recap post a couple days ago. Sometimes after several posts where I'm constantly trying to one-up myself in creativity, it's nice to go back to the basics. Sometimes all you really need is a good chocolate cake.

Read more →

→ 23 CommentsTags:···

On the California Strawberry Farm Tour and Culinary Event

July 29th, 2014

 
koda farms strawberry
 

A week ago I was lucky enough to be part of the California Strawberries Farm Tour and Culinary Event, thanks to the California Strawberry Commission. Along with several other bloggers, I got spend two days down in sunny Santa Cruz learning about strawberries and enjoying strawberry-themed cuisine. Read on for lots of photos and lots of strawberries...

Read more →

→ 3 CommentsTags:····

{Giveaway}: Godiva’s Sweet Summer Treats

July 25th, 2014

Strawberry Bridge
 

Happy almost-weekend! I'm helping to start it right by holding a Godiva giveaway!

Godiva selected me and a few other bloggers to be their summer social ambassadors, and help spread the word about some of their new creations for summer. 

Although I'll never say no to chocolate truffles, when it's hot and steamy outside (and we do get a couple of those days in San Francisco, fog notwithstanding!) something cold and sweet fits my cravings best. Godiva is introducing two new treats that fit the bill:

Read more →

→ 103 CommentsTags:··

Summer Catch-up

July 16th, 2014

Galley review
Finished reviewing cookbook galleys...guess what's next?

Happy summer! During these lazy and languid days, the instinct is to be out in the sun, watching my daughter testing her increasingly steady gait around the playground or enjoying something cold and preferably garnished with a paper umbrella by the pool, not indoors staring at a computer.

Read more →

→ No CommentsTags:·