The office holiday potluck was a perfect excuse to up the ante on my annual holiday baking spree! I simply couldn't settle on one thing, so I decided to pick a theme and whip up a Smörgåsbord of sweets. The theme was spicy Christmas flavors with a twist, starting with a personal childhood favorite: eggnog.... Continue Reading →
Permit me to take you down the typical rabbit hole I find myself in when deciding what to bake any given week, and specifically the wild journey to these delicious chocolate morsels. It all started with a decision to try out a new Pear Muffin recipe... My husband and I tag-team grocery shopping and both... Continue Reading →
I finally had a chance to visit the family farm this fall just as apple season was wrapping up and in time to find the farm store shelves chock full of all my fall favorites. Typically I leave half a suitcase worth of space available to pack full of apples to bring back to California with... Continue Reading →
Ever the kid at heart, I absolutely love holiday traditions. My favorite Halloween one is pumpkin carving. As a kid, I couldn't wait to pick out the best pumpkin from the bunch we were selling at the farm store, and set up shop on the kitchen table with my siblings and dad for a pumpkin... Continue Reading →
Even though I don't get to experience true fall weather in San Francisco like I used to on the East Coast, as October rolls around I still can't help getting into the spirit. Between regular updates from back home about the state of the apple harvest and all those pumpkin flavored drinks that begin to... Continue Reading →
I love birthdays. They are the perfect excuse to go a little overboard on the sweets. For my husband's birthday last weekend, I took a queue from the fall season and combined an old favorite - my homemade apple crisp - with something new - Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream. After all, what's a birthday... Continue Reading →
We didn't have fig season where I grew up, but now it's something I look forward to as a California resident. I can't wait for those pretty purple fruits arrive in the markets in late summer so I can try some new way to enjoy them.
The cinnamon flavor of this creamy custard adds just enough spicy interest against the vanilla to be a decadent treat all on its own, no toppings needed.
I recently enrolled in a Pastry Fundamentals class at the San Francisco Cooking School. I'm no stranger to baking, but I figured it would be a good exercise to get some professional training and pick up a few new skills. Plus, the fundamentals of pastries are the basis of ice cream, so this can only... Continue Reading →