Christmas Chocolate Double Mint Fudge

December 2nd, 2014

Chocolate mint fudge trio
 

It's December, which means candy making time is upon us! I was asked by NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® chocolate to create a recipe using their new Nestlé Toll House DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels. These unique new baking morsels feature a separate flavor - mint, caramel, cherry, or peanut butter - swirled into the chocolate so you get two flavors in one morsel. I love the idea of being able to layer flavors in my baking just by using these sweet little bits.

I was inspired by the dark chocolate morsels with mint filling: one because I love anything with mint, and two because it's the perfect flavor for the holiday season. Think of peppermint patties, candy canes, and peppermint bark - anything and everything cool, minty, and festive.

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A Mission Tour with Negra Modelo and Rick Bayless

November 26th, 2014

tres restaurant menu
 

I know, the week before Thanksgiving and I'm in a posting frenzy! I just posted about pie, now I'm hoping to whet your appetite further with a glimpse into the Mission District of San Francisco, courtesy of Negra Modelo.

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{Sweet San Francisco}: Best Pies in SF (and a bit beyond)

November 25th, 2014

Mission Pies
 

Although the Bay Area has been enjoying a renaissance of fancy pastry classics like croissants, macarons, and kouign amann, it also has a soft spot for the simpler sweets, like pie. Pie San Francisco style usually means handcrafted with the the best, locally sourced ingredients, original takes on traditional flavors, and, of course, a killer, perfectly flaky crust. I was invited by Expedia's Viewfinder travel blog to collaborate on this article exploring my favorite places in the city to satiate my pie cravings, whether sweet or savory, fruity or nutty. Follow along for my grand pie crawl.

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Out and About: Tidbits from the Last Month

November 24th, 2014

tiny prints bfff decorations
 

Thank you to all for you for your kind wishes about my upcoming cookbook! I'm so excited to keep you updated on the news in the next few months!

In between wrapping up work on the book and writing for the blog, I got to be part of some fun events in the last couple of months that I'd love to share with you now. One of the best parts of being in the food world, of course is getting the opportunity to see what others in your field are up to, make connections and get inspired, and perhaps eat some really good food at the same time. Below, some of the best parts of the last few weeks:

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Announcing My Next Cookbook: Lollipop Love

November 18th, 2014

LollipopLove cover
Lollipop Love - coming March 2015

I am so very excited to finally be sharing this news with you all: my third cookbook will be coming out next March! 

The name of the book is Lollipop Love, and it features 40 recipes for the original sweet on a stick. 

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Coconut and Mango Yogurt Cheesecake

November 10th, 2014

Mango Coconut Cheesecake
 

Now that it's officially holiday season (no, I don't have Christmas decorations up yet, but yes, my Halloween decorations are down), that means holiday vacation is almost here. Last year we made our first trip with Isabelle to Hong Kong for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately this holiday we're staying in town, so Asia will have to wait until next year.

Since that means no Hong Kong pastries for me in the near future, I'll have to make do at home. Noosa Yoghurt asked me to make a dessert inspired by either my local culture or my heritage. Although I grew up in the Bay Area, I've been lucky enough to visit Hong Kong numerous times in my life and connect with my extended family there and indulge in the glorious kaleidoscope of Hong Kong cuisine, from dim sum to street food to British high tea. I'm particularly missing the east-meets-west pastries they do so well there, which led me to make this tropical flavored cheesecake.

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