{Quick Cookbook Review}: Donna Hay’s Fresh and Light Berry Slice

June 25th, 2014

 
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Donna Hay's Berry Slice with lemon verbena

Happy Summer! Here's a quick review of one of my latest cookbooks and a summer-ready recipe to get your weekend started:

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Sunset and Summer: Strawberry Honey Banana Creamsicles

June 12th, 2014

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strawberry, honey and banana creamsicles

Summer has settled in over the last couple of weeks, brilliant clear skies and ever-lengthening dusks. Water parks have opened for the season and county fairs abound. I'm dressing Isabelle in t-shirts and shorts so I can enjoy her chubby arms and legs before they lengthen and thin away into little-girlhood.

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Westfield Tastemaker Dine On Time: Dessert First + CocoaBella

June 5th, 2014

 
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Dessert First, CocoaBella Chocolates and Dine on Time

I've been rather busy with some fabulously fun collaborations lately! I'm proud to reveal another of my recent projects: I'm a Westfield Tastemaker, working with Westfield Labs on their new Dine on Time app.

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Dessert First + Alessi: Chocolate Namelaka and Orange Blossom Cream

May 30th, 2014

chocolate namelaka overhead
chocolate namelaka with orange blossom cream, cookie crumbles, and cocoa nibs

I hope you've enjoyed my monthlong collaboration with Alessi. It's been truly inspiring to get to work with some of their pieces - not to mention they've been making my place look that much lovelier too! I have a newfound appreciation for the pleasure a beautifully designed product can elicit, whether I'm using it or just admiring its craftsmanship. 

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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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