Strawberry and Cream Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

January 26th, 2015 · 48 Comments · Cakes, Personal, Recipes

minnie mouse cake
 

Last weekend we celebrated Isabelle's second birthday. We've officially survived babyhood and now we're parents to a toddler! It's been a dreamy two years - not that we didn't have our share of sleepless nights or days when the house was a disaster zone of dirty laundry, unwashed dishes, and toys scattered everywhere. But overall we've been very lucky that the sailing has been relatively smooth and so much fun.

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Chocolate, Strawberry, and Rose Geranium Cake (and a bonus giveaway!)

August 4th, 2014 · 23 Comments · Cakes, Chocolate, Giveaways, Recipes

 
chocolate strawberry jam cake
chocolate, strawberry jam, and rose geranium cake

Here's the bonus strawberry-inspired recipe I mentioned on my strawberry tour recap post a couple days ago. Sometimes after several posts where I'm constantly trying to one-up myself in creativity, it's nice to go back to the basics. Sometimes all you really need is a good chocolate cake.

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Dessert First + Alessi: Roasted Strawberry and Marshmallow Ice Cream

May 9th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Ice Cream, Recipes

Strawberry Marshmallow Ice Cream in Alessi Big LoveStrawberry and Marshmallow Ice Cream in Alessi Big Love

Hello! I'm excited to announce a collaboration between Dessert First and Alessi for the month of May: four recipes by me, photographed in some of Alessi's beautiful and distinctive pieces.

This partnership came about a couple months when I was invited to preview some of Alessi's newest pieces for spring and summer. I've long been a fan of Alessi's designs, which range from playful and whimsical to elegant and timeless. 

After expressing my long-standing enthusiasm for Alessi's products, I was thrilled when the company asked if I'd like to pick out several items and feature them in my posts. Alessi has a long history of creative collaboration with not just designers but other creative artists. While they have commissioned recipes to go with their products, they don't have many dessert recipes. I was happy to step up and help fill in that gap.

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Sweet on Short Notice: Strawberry Tarragon Fools

June 4th, 2013 · 6 Comments · Fruit, Recipes

strawberry tarragon fool

Hey, how is it June and almost the middle of the year? Funny how having a baby completely skews your sense of time (i.e., how do entire months pass by without my realizing? I am staring at a not-so-tiny-anymore baby so I know months happened, but darned if I can explain where they went).

And as all parents know, once you think you’ve figured things out, every thing changes. I was actually weirdly excited when the pediatrician said that baby wouldn’t be ready to start eating solid foods for a couple more months. Because honestly, I’m not ready for that challenge yet. I’ve got the feeding thing down, can we keep it this way for a while? With my return to work, some more fun balls get thrown into the air as well. Some days, I feel like I’m pulling it off. Other days, I feel like I’m scrambling to pick the balls up off the ground before anyone else notices.

So thanks for sticking by while I get through the transition back to work. I still have a lot of news, reviews, and recipes to share. Like this one, a truly last-minute dessert for when I’m stuck at home with a crying baby and am desperately scouring the fridge:

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Strawberry and Rhubarb Scones with Vanilla Whipped Cream

April 15th, 2013 · 10 Comments · Fruit, Pastry, Recipes

strawberry and rhubarb scones

Along with all the lovely growing, blooming things that herald spring is the baby in our home! Isabelle is three months today and I think she may have hit her growth spurt early. She’s a chubby bundle now!

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Driscoll’s and Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

May 14th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Cookies, Fruit, Ice Cream, Recipes, San Francisco, SF Events

strawberry ice cream overhead

Thanks to all of you and your support of sated magazine! As a reminder, there are couple days left in the giveaway to win a free copy of the first issue. We will also be announcing pre-order information very soon, so please keep checking back!

I apologize for the late post; what with trying to finish up work on the first issue, plus a visit to wine country last week (writeup of that trip forthcoming as well!), I was finally able to sit down and share this very spring-y strawberry ice cream with you, as well as the trip to Pebble Beach that inspired this ice cream.

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