Happy Year of the Monkey! With Chinese Pineapple Cakes (Feng Li Su)

Happy Chinese New Year! I’ve just returned from Hong Kong, where preparations for the Year of the Monkey were fully underway. I’m sad I couldn’t stay for the actual new year festivities, but I’ve brought back plenty of new year treats, including these traditional Chinese pineapple cakes that are a wonderfully simple baking project as well. […]...

{Review}: PastryNow Raspberry Tart Kit

Although baking (and this blog) are a big part of my life, there are days when I just don’t have the motivation to bake. When time and energy (or lack thereof) make me want to have something sweet now, instead of having to go through the effort of making it. Lucky for me I was […]...

{Cookbook Review}: Guittard’s Roasted Banana Chocolate Tart

Happy November! I had a breakneck schedule in October and we’re already counting down to Thanksgiving, so it’s pretty much a headlong rush to the end of the year. I AM looking forward to putting some holiday recipes and sharing my annual cookbook reviews and gift guide though – so don’t worry, they have a […]...

Apple Pomegranate Galette à la Chez Panisse

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with TripAdvisor. All opinions in this post are my own. Whenever I travel, one of my first questions is always, “Where are we going to eat?” The meal part of any of my travel itineraries is usually the first to be filled out, and usually the most […]...

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....