Strawberry and Cream Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

January 26th, 2015

minnie mouse cake

Last weekend we celebrated Isabelle's second birthday. We've officially survived babyhood and now we're parents to a toddler! It's been a dreamy two years - not that we didn't have our share of sleepless nights or days when the house was a disaster zone of dirty laundry, unwashed dishes, and toys scattered everywhere. But overall we've been very lucky that the sailing has been relatively smooth and so much fun.

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{Cookbook Review}: Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours

January 15th, 2015

chocolate chip GF cookies closeup

If you read my baking roundup in December, you might have noted that I gushed briefly about Alice Medrich's newest cookbook but promised a longer followup. Here it is, my review of her latest cookbook, Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours .

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Calm and Bright: Speculoos S’mores to Welcome the New Year

January 5th, 2015

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Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were merry and bright. It's a little late, but I thought I'd share our New Year's Eve treat: it may be holiday-themed, but I think you'll agree after you read about it that it's worth eating any time of the year.

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Happy Holidays! A Photo Recap of Williams Sonoma Holiday Party

December 22nd, 2014

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is all the visual eye candy; although most of my photography revolves around food, in December I wish I could just hang out in department stores and people's homes, capturing all the glitter and lights. 

I'm happy to share some shots from the Williams-Sonoma holiday party I attended last week at their test kitchen in San Francisco. It was an amazing chance to check out their kitchen space, make merry with some fellow bloggers, and indulge in the holiday spirit. Hope you enjoy!

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{Cookbook Review}: Best Baking Books of 2014

December 18th, 2014

It was tough narrowing my list of favorite cookbooks for this post - every year I say it's a banner year for cookbooks, but I guess every year I keep finding more books that need a spot on my shelf! What made me really happy this year was that quite a few of my favorite authors have new works out, ones that are very worthy contributions to the baking cookbook canon and definitely worth me doing some serious reorganization to fit these new gems in. If you haven't finished your list to Santa, I have quite a few last addition for you to consider!

Disclosure: the following links in the post are Amazon affiliate links. I receive a small commission if you purchase anything through the links. Thanks for your support of Dessert First!

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{Cookbook Review}: The Baking Bible and Ischler Cookies

December 9th, 2014

beranbaum ischler cookies

2014 has been a banner year for baking cookbooks, especially these last couple of months when several of pastry's most respected and beloved authorities released new, major works. My nightstand is groaning underneath the weight of these books and my kitchen has been in constant action as I've happily baking through new recipe after new recipe. I'll be sharing a best-of list in the next week or so, but I also wanted to highlight a few cookbooks that deserved their own, dedicated post. First up is Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Baking Bible :

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