Black Bottom Chocolate and Vanilla Creme Brûlée for Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2015 · 27 Comments · Chocolate, Custards, Recipes

Chocolate vanilla creme brulee

It’s our third Valentine’s Day as parents. (I almost wrote second but I did some counting back and corrected myself – parenthood does a number on your math skills and sense of time!) We should be experienced hands at juggling life and baby and dog and us, right? Sort of? We did remember to make dinner reservations in time this year instead of making a panicked realization a week before to look up what places still had tables open. And I finished all of Isabelle’s valentines for daycare a week in advance, so I almost feel like I’m winning at being organized, for this brief blissful moment.

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{Review}: Best Sweet Gifts for Valentine’s Day

February 10th, 2015 · 14 Comments · Chocolate, Reviews

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Valentine's Day is almost here - have you got your loved ones a sweet gift yet? I certainly saw a lot of people scurrying about with tell-tale red boxes tucked under their arms at the mall last weekend. If you think the heart-shaped box of chocolate is a tired cliché, here are some collections that will make you reconsider. Read on for my favorite Valentine's Day selections...

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

January 5th, 2015 · 25 Comments · Cookies, Recipes

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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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Out and About: Tidbits from the Last Month

November 24th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Events, San Francisco, SF Events, Sweet Spots

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Thank you to all for you for your kind wishes about my upcoming cookbook! I'm so excited to keep you updated on the news in the next few months!

In between wrapping up work on the book and writing for the blog, I got to be part of some fun events in the last couple of months that I'd love to share with you now. One of the best parts of being in the food world, of course is getting the opportunity to see what others in your field are up to, make connections and get inspired, and perhaps eat some really good food at the same time. Below, some of the best parts of the last few weeks:

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Deep Dark Chocolate and Ghostly Meringue Cupcakes

October 31st, 2014 · 28 Comments · Cakes, Chocolate, Recipes

 ghost cupcake closeup

Happy Halloween! So I just want to say now that all these years before when I would do the ritual complaint of, "Things are so crazy busy around the holidays!" I was saying this without a kid. Now that I have a kid, I truly understand what CRAZY BUSY around the holidays mean.

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Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream and Apples

October 14th, 2014 · 55 Comments · Cakes, Recipes

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Indian summer continues on in full swelter here in the bay area. It's honestly the hottest it's been here for the last six months: the mornings start out promisingly grey and overcast, and then by mid-morning it's just cloudless sky and shimmering heat. Not-so-little-Isabelle is growing out of her summer t-shirts and shorts, clothes I thought I could safely pack away by now but instead I'm desperately hoping will still fit until cooler weather finally arrives.

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