Sweet Summer: Strawberry White Balsamic Caramel Tarts

Deep in the heart of summer, and we can’t get enough of sweet ripe fruit around here. My daughter Isabelle would live on fruit if she could; it’s been a trial to coax her to eat her dinner when she keeps insisting that she only wants to eat blueberries and strawberries and mango. How can […]...

{Cookbook Review} Mini Berry Hand Pies and Baking With Kids

Now that Isabelle is almost two and half (what?), she wants to do everything herself. Which is equally in terms endearing and exasperating. What I like even better is when she wants to do what Mommy is doing....

Eat Dessert First Month: Blackberry Mango Curd Tarts

    Happy Friday! I’m blogging from Portland where I’m coming back from a three blogger summit with Tillamook. It’s been a fun (and tasty) trip and I’m looking forward to sharing the details!  Before that, here’s a little post I’ve been wanting to post this week (and finally got to, now that I have […]...

Dessert First + Alessi: Raspberry Hazelnut Frangipane Tartlets

  raspberry frangipane tartlets and petnic It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you all have picnics and barbecues and welcome-to-summer festivities awaiting you! In honor of the holiday, I thought this new piece from Alessi’s spring/summer collection, PetNic, fit the summer theme perfectly....

A Tribute to the Queen of the Daring Bakers

The Chocolate Caramel Tart, from Daring Bakers August 2007 I’ve been busy for weeks with pre-trip madness, but on Tuesday I got a sudden, sad reminder of how fragile and precious life is. Lisa, the blogger behind La Mia Cucina and one of the founders of the Daring Bakers, unexpectedly passed away, leaving behind a […]...

Back to Childhood: Malted Milk Chocolate Pretzel Tart

This has been on my drawing board for a while. The husband is a big fan of malted milk anything so I’d been meaning to make him a malted milk chocolate tart. As I finally got around to making some malted milk chocolate ganache, I thought, hang on, what else goes with malted milk? What […]...