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East Bay Area, California
Baking Entrepreneur, 5th generation Californian, Recipe Tester
Interests: cooking, baking, recipe writing & testing, wedding cakes, pies and pastry starring seasonal fruit, vegetable and herb gardening, vintage clothing, american history & poetry, playing piano/keyboard and singing, travelling to the Eastern Mediterranean, taking care and doing the right thing.
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Try a twist on the classic Easter yeast roll with candied kumquats and almond paste crosses. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at scratch
Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef of San Francisco’s Farallon & Waterbar, author of five books including 2011’s The Fearless Baker, and IACP and James Beard award winner, in conversation with Yigit Pura, executive pastry chef at Taste Catering and winner of the first season of Bravo TV’s pastry competition Top Chef Just Desserts Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at scratch
I had another chance to write an article for the Bakers Dozen summarizing a fascinating presentation on styling and shooting baked goods with photographers Sue Tallon and Maren Caruso and food stylists Robyn Valarik and Kim Kissling. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2011 at scratch
Then again, with a city full of rivers and lakes that freeze beautifully for skating, amazing and affordable food scene which Bon Appetit rightly pegged "part Paris, part Portland", and francophone culture without the cost of flying over the Atlantic, I would love visiting in winter, too. Here are some of my travel notes on Montreal. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at scratch
I meant to share this with you on Heavenly Bakers Free Choice week 12/20. This photo tells you most of what you need to know about this cake: bright, clear lemon mixed with flavorful turbinado sugar form the base of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at scratch
Beautifully stark. It has a kind of steampunk industrial-era-glory aesthetic, similar to the photos and styling in the Baked Explorations book. And the pastries and confections look gorgeous - the Valhrona chocolate eclair seems like a steal at $3.50. And the piped filling is in such beautiful shape; it looks like it was done onsite.
Jennie Schacht's recipe Baked Apple Dumplings with Cinnamon Caramel Sauce from Farmers' Market Desserts (which was just featured on David Lebovitz' Favorite Cookbooks of 2010!!) - post including full recipe and step-by-step photos. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at scratch
Just dropping by to check in with the Heavenly Cake Bakers (HCB), a group of us baking our way through Rose Levy Beranbaum's book Rose's Heavenly Cakes. Oh, I had such a long list of things to make from the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at scratch
As these things go, we broke out the fancy teacups and showered her with love and other things yesterday, and I was sure glad that the Heavenly Bakers roster gave me the chance to make the Swedish Pear and Almond Cream Cake for the guest of honor. A wonderful light bundt cake with the surprise of thin pear slices inside. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at scratch
I will be sharing more recipes from Farmers Market Desserts on this site that you can make with seasonal fruit, including the SO-WORTH-IT Baked Apple Dumplings with Cinnamon Caramel, but if there is one reason to get this book, it's this almond cornmeal tart crust from the almond aprium tart which graces the cover. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at scratch
Hopefully I don't get blacklisted for posting this grainy point n' shoot of Michael Ruhlman, because it makes me grin, and grins are in short supply these days. This was just before the closing keynote at BloghHer Food conference this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at scratch
This is miles away from mint extract, my friends. Head, shoulders, knees and toes better than store-bought mint ice cream. Recipe for homemade mint chip ice cream and tips! Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at scratch
The Heavenly Bakers are making a single-layer chocolate cake made with sour cream and banana, frosted with bittersweet chocolate and studded with chocolate chips. Hence the name. Chocolate Banana Stud Cake. I used Vahlrona Rouge cocoa because I thought it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at scratch
Imagine this on your picnic table next to the watermelon. Not too shabby. This week the Heavenly Bakers made cheesecake, and I declare it the perfect thing to bring to a summer party, as long as you can park it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at scratch
This time of year makes me giddy. Still light out at nine o'clock. OK, so I should not have taken a photo while driving, but I wanted to remember that light trailing over my left shoulder over Treasure Island. Still... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at scratch
I had the great pleasure of meeting Rose Levy Beranbaum and Woody Wolston for the first time when they made a stop in the Bay Area on their way to Portland for the IACP conference and winning two IACP awards... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at scratch
Rose Levy Beranbaum is swinging through the Bay Area (!) on her way to the IACP conference in Portland and this Saturday April 17, 2010 (3-4pm) she will be giving a talk and signing books at Omnivore Books in San... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at scratch
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Mar 15, 2010
Implausibly green blanched pistachio batons have danced in my head from the moment I first saw the stunning photograph of Rose’s Sicilian Pistachio Cake With Golden Neoclassic Buttercream (via NPR). I only wish I had been able to find the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at scratch
I love this time of year, when the days are getting longer rather than shorter, everything is intensely green, and the earliest flowers are starting to bud. Around here, daffodils and other bulbs pop first, and then the trees flower... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at scratch
The flavors chocolate and orange do not always play well together, but when they do, I adore them (full disclosure: my wedding cake was an orange poppyseed cake soaked in grand marnier, covered with ganache). Chances of a successful orange-chocolate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at scratch
I am excited about this recipe because it is one that Rose has published online (via NPR) and I can include the full recipe in my post for anyone wanting to try it [EDITED TO ADD: NPR's version omits the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at scratch
I am heading to the tropics to see some actual tropical fish (not made out of icing and cake) this week. See you next week! Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at scratch
Sometimes a picture can be as satisfying as the real thing. More even. Okay, so sometimes looking will not cut it, but I find a joy in looking back on baked goods past, and it certainly does not hinder my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at scratch