{Cookbook Review}: Best Baking Books of 2014

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments · Cookbooks, Reviews

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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{Review} Hamptons Lane and Caramel Malted Milk Bavarian

August 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Custards, Recipes, Reviews, Tools

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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A Sweet Social at Godiva

August 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Chocolate, Events, Reviews, San Francisco, SF Events, Sweet Spots

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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{Giveaway}: Godiva’s Sweet Summer Treats

July 25th, 2014 · 103 Comments · Chocolate, Giveaways, Reviews, San Francisco, Sweet Spots

Strawberry Bridge
 

Happy almost-weekend! I'm helping to start it right by holding a Godiva giveaway!

Godiva selected me and a few other bloggers to be their summer social ambassadors, and help spread the word about some of their new creations for summer. 

Although I'll never say no to chocolate truffles, when it's hot and steamy outside (and we do get a couple of those days in San Francisco, fog notwithstanding!) something cold and sweet fits my cravings best. Godiva is introducing two new treats that fit the bill:

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

June 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Cookbooks, Custards, Recipes, Reviews, Tarts

 
donna hay berry slice side
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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{Review}: Sweet Subscription Boxes (and a Giveaway)

March 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Chocolate, Reviews

cococlectic 24 blackbirds

I love getting things in the mail. Growing up, I was obsessed with the book/stamp/sticker/etc of the month clubs and heading out to the mailbox every day in anticipation of packages for me. Now the modern version of those clubs, subscription boxes, are calling my name. Hey, on the days I’m at home with the baby, a package on your doorstep is a big event, know what I mean?

Although there are subscription boxes for pretty much every interest and need imaginable, there weren’t any sweet-related ones that really caught my eye. However, recently I was introduced to two sweet subscription boxes that impressed me with their quality and creativity. Happy surprises at my door, indeed!

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