Dessert First + Alessi: Olive Oil Cake with Roasted Peaches

May 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Cakes, Fruit, Recipes

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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Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

February 6th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Cakes, Personal, Recipes

penelope bird pink ombre birthday cake

A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly!

I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable!

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Mango Mousse Cake

January 8th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Fruit, Pastry, Recipes

mango mousse rose

Happy 2014! I hope you all had a great holiday and are staying warm and cozy wherever you are. Now that the business of 2013 is done, I’m looking ahead to this year and a fresh set of to-dos.

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Banana Cake with Passionfruit Caramel and Coconut Meringue

September 20th, 2013 · 6 Comments · Cakes

Banana Cake with Passionfruit Caramel

I’m all about soft, mushy foods these days; funny how a baby starting to eat solids will change your grocery shopping habits. Isabelle is a little foodie-in-the-making: although at eight months she’s still got no teeth (I’m sure the moment I write this there will be one popping out) it hasn’t stopped her from taking to solids with gusto. There hasn’t been anything she’s turned down so far – we’re steadily making our way through pears and papayas, to apples and avocados.

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{Giveaway}:Lazy Summer, Iced Tea and Peach Almond Cake

June 12th, 2013 · 78 Comments · Cakes, Giveaways, Recipes

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peach almond cake

With summer’s imminent (and seemingly early) arrival, I’m looking forward to festivals, fireworks, or just long, dreamy weekend afternoons.  Now that baby Isabelle is getting older and more fun, I’m eager to take her out and about and introduce her to the joys of summer.

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Another Year, Another Birthday: Mango Passion Fruit Cake

May 8th, 2013 · 23 Comments · Cakes, Recipes, San Francisco, Sweet Spots

Mango Passion Fruit Cake

This last weekend was my birthday, and I have to say it was one of my most memorable ones, despite the fact that I practically forgot about it until it was upon me. I had a lot of other things on my plate like Isabelle’s red egg and ginger party, and getting ready to go back to work. However, my family didn’t forget, including Isabelle! She slept through the night for the first time, the night before my birthday – almost 9 hours! I woke up on my birthday morning both refreshed and very confused as to why I felt so refreshed.

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