A Busy Weekend Including Bake Sale for Japan

I had an over-the-top, amazingly full weekend, the kind that starts on Thursday afternoon and doesn’t end until you’re catching your breath on a wickedly warm Sunday evening. Too much to share, and some bits I’m saving for a future post, but I did want to talk about a big part of my Saturday: the

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({SF} TCHO and Chocolate Mint Filled Cupcakes

Pardon the slightly disjointed nature of this post; it was meant to be report on my TCHO factory experience that evolved into a St. Patrick’s Day recipe that now includes a mention of Japan. Apologies, but I couldn’t not mention that I fell in love with Japan long before I visited it for the first

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{SF} A Foodie Weekend in Three Acts

Act I. “Pour Yourself a Stiff Drink, There’s a Lot More to Come.” The kickoff party for Scharffen Berger’s annual Chocolate Adventure Contest has become an Orson tradition. Exotic drinks, whimsical nibbles, and a whole lot of chocolate cupcakes. The theme this year for the Chocolate Adventure Contest is cupcakes – devise a cupcake made

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Chai Cupcakes, Two Ways

When I worked at this chocolate cafe, we in the pastry kitchen were responsible for baking up all sorts of chocolate-intensive treats, as well as making the chocolate drinks that were the specialty of the house. From classic hot chocolate to mochas to bicerins, we made the mixes for the drinks in the kitchen, and

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Goji Berries, or, Mothers Really Do Know Best

One of the hot new health foods right now is the goji berry, which looks like a brighter, ovalish cousin of the cranberry and is touted as a “superfruit” for containing a pharmacy’s worth of antioxidants and vitamins in one tart little package. I first saw goji berries mentioned on Vosges’ new Goji Bar, which,

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Cupcakes of Love (Sugar High Friday 23)

edited on 9/19/06: added the SHF links. I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer. As a child, I was the one with her head buried in books, lost in faraway countries and fantastical adventures, or scribbling in her notebook, making up her own stories of imaginary places. It wasn’t that I was unhappy with

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