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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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!
 

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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.

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