Valrhona and Measured Indulgence: New Lemon Tart

August 27th, 2013 · 6 Comments · Chocolate, Recipes, San Francisco, SF Events, Tarts

new lemon tart

When most people talk about becoming a pastry chef, it’s usually French pâtisserie they are referring to: puff pastry, buttercream, profiteroles, chocolate ganache. Can you imagine making crème brûlée or pâte sucrée by any other method than the French way? And yet, it’s a French pastry chef who is trying reinvent the classics of French pâtisserie. In July I was invited by Valrhona to attend a special conference on “La Gourmandise Raisonnée”, that promised a modern perspective on making pastries less of a guilty pleasure and more of a measured indulgence.

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A Red Egg and Ginger (Dessert) Party

May 2nd, 2013 · 11 Comments · Cakes, Personal, Recipes

Red egg and ginger dessert table

Success! Last weekend we threw a red egg and ginger party for Isabelle! This is a Chinese tradition where the new baby is officially introduced to relatives and family friends, and the baby’s name is revealed. Historically the red egg and ginger party was held when the baby was one month old, as high infant mortality rates meant that a baby surviving to one month of age was indeed a cause for celebration. Also, the mother was also typically kept at home to recover during the same month, so this party was also meant to mark her “return” to society.

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An Easter Egg Cake for Easter

March 30th, 2013 · 11 Comments · Cakes, Cookbooks, Recipes, Reviews

Chocolate Easter Egg Cake

Ok, this post is going up a little later than I wanted but at least I made it before Easter – why is it when you *have* to get a post up on time that things invariably go wonky? I wanted to share this cake that I picked out from Martha Stewart Living’s special Cakes and Cupcakes edition, as it’s so apropos for the holiday.

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A Valentine from Me and Driscoll’s

February 8th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Chocolate, Fruit, Ice Cream, Recipes

Triple Berry Semifreddo on dessertfirstgirl.com

Three weeks into motherhood and I’ve noticed how time has taken on a particularly elastic quality. I spend literally the entire day at home: I’ll go through several rinse-and-repeat cycles of feeding, changing, and lulling baby to sleep, and yet somehow it’s always a surprise to look outside and see the sky darkening already. Has she already fed that many times today? What did I have for lunch? Did I even eat lunch? Is that a half-written e-mail on my computer from this morning? Or was it from yesterday? What day is it, anyway? (Very fitting that Groundhog Day was a few days ago, as that’s how I feel these days!)

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{Contest} Win a Year’s Worth of Chuao Chocolate

February 5th, 2013 · 14 Comments · Chocolate, Giveaways, Reviews

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Hi all,

Thanks so much for all your kind wishes and congratulations. These last two weeks have seemed like a lifetime in a completely new reality. We’re learning more about Isabelle and how to be parents to her every day, and every day she seems to have grown a little more. It’s hard to believe that in another week she’ll be a month old.  We made a outing to the local baby store and a couple with a six month old in a stroller looked rather wistfully at us and said, “Enjoy her now. She’ll be big before you know it.” I can scarcely imagine. My days are measured in minutes and hours right now and six months seems unfathomably distant.

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S’mores Crème Brûlée for a Sweet Start to the Year

January 4th, 2013 · 14 Comments · Chocolate, Custards, Recipes

Smores Creme Brulee on dessertfirstgirl.com

Happy 2013! Remember how in my last post I was mentioning that everything I do these days happens a little later than I originally planned? Yep…well, it’s four days into the new year but I can still send out wishes and good thoughts, can’t I?

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