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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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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