Meeting Cookie Monster

May 28th, 2014

Cookie Monster and the Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster and the Cookie Monster cookie sandwich

Sometimes opportunities come along that make me so happy I started this blog about baking. Case in point: I got an invitation to meet Cookie Monster and interview him a couple of weeks ago! Cookie Monster in my town! How could I pass up an opportunity to meet my very favorite Sesame Street character? Cookie Monster is a perfect example of how a simple love of sweets can get you far in life. And now that I have a baby girl who is starting to understand Sesame Street, how could I not take her to meet him?

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Dessert First + Alessi: Raspberry Hazelnut Frangipane Tartlets

May 23rd, 2014

 raspberry frangipane tartlets and petnic
raspberry frangipane tartlets and petnic

It's almost Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you all have picnics and barbecues and welcome-to-summer festivities awaiting you! In honor of the holiday, I thought this new piece from Alessi's spring/summer collection, PetNic, fit the summer theme perfectly.

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Dessert First + Alessi: Olive Oil Cake with Roasted Peaches

May 16th, 2014

Olive Oil Cake and Caccia cake server
Olive Oil Cake and Caccia cake server on the Quattro muri e due case tray

When I was asked to pick which Alessi pieces I would like to work with, I faced an overwhelming catalog of riches to choose from. Alessi has over 90 years of history and has objects in every size, in a myriad of materials from steel to porcelain. Although I would have loved to try my hand at some of their most iconic pieces, I focused on some more unique pieces that both reflected the summer theme and also spoke to my personal sensibility.

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Dessert First + Alessi: Roasted Strawberry and Marshmallow Ice Cream

May 9th, 2014

Strawberry Marshmallow Ice Cream in Alessi Big LoveStrawberry and Marshmallow Ice Cream in Alessi Big Love

Hello! I'm excited to announce a collaboration between Dessert First and Alessi for the month of May: four recipes by me, photographed in some of Alessi's beautiful and distinctive pieces.

This partnership came about a couple months when I was invited to preview some of Alessi's newest pieces for spring and summer. I've long been a fan of Alessi's designs, which range from playful and whimsical to elegant and timeless. 

After expressing my long-standing enthusiasm for Alessi's products, I was thrilled when the company asked if I'd like to pick out several items and feature them in my posts. Alessi has a long history of creative collaboration with not just designers but other creative artists. While they have commissioned recipes to go with their products, they don't have many dessert recipes. I was happy to step up and help fill in that gap.

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{Review} Lumoid: A New Way To Try Out Photography Gear

April 25th, 2014

 
 
Marshmallow creme macarons with peeps
Peeps-inspired marshmallow creme macarons, taken with Canon 5D Mark III

Time for some camera talk. I've been shooting with a Canon Rebel for most of my food blogging career; last year I decided to go the micro four-thirds route and have been taking pictures with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 and the Panaleica 25mm f/1.4 . It's been a fun challenge; the two cameras are totally different animals so it's really like driving two completely different cars. Although there are many advantages to dSLRs, there's a freedom to having a super lightweight camera that performs quite capably with a fantastic lens.

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Fluffy Marshmallow Creme Macarons for Easter

April 14th, 2014

marshmallow macarons pedestal

Happy almost Easter! I'm looking forward to Isabelle's first Easter egg hunt, since she was too little last year to go hunting for eggs. She's still too little for Easter candy, fortunately: hopefully when she's older and finds out I kept all the chocolate bunnies and jellybeans from her she won't hold it against me! So since we're not stocking our place with Easter candy yet, what sweets to have for the holiday? What about macarons?

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