Posts Categorized: Dessert

Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

I recently received an email from a sad baker. She was attempting to make buttercream in the midst of a rather hot day. Her kitchen was nearing 80* leaving the butter a melty mess. Oh how I’ve been there. In my wedding cake making days I would constantly worry about dripping buttercream on hot days…. Read more »

Zucchini Whoopie Pies

The bags are mostly packed, the food is prepped and I have enough sewing projects and reading material to keep me busy for the next month – all of this can only mean one thing… it’s VACATION time! There will be toes dipped into the ocean, sand found in every nook and cranny and plenty… Read more »

Chocolate Chip Cookies Revisited

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Alone in the fridge there sat a roll of freshly made chocolate chip cookie dough. It meant to join us for the weekend as the husband and I were enjoying a quiet weekend away, otherwise known as our babymoon. For those of you unfamiliar with this odd term let me explain – it’s a last… Read more »

Rhubarb Ice Cream with Oatmeal Shortbread

It was Monday afternoon and I was pacing my living room. My dear friend and cooking class partner, Julie, arrived to watch our boys while my husband and I headed off to the 20 week ultrasound. Those of you who have been down this road before know that this is probably the best appointment there… Read more »

Chocolate chip Banana Bread


Grandma always goes overboard at Christmas. With 14 grandchildren and by now I’ve completely lost tract of the number of great-grandchildren – just this year there will be three new babies (ours included), yet she blesses us abundantly. But no Christmas bag is complete without a fresh baked loaf of Grandma’s banana bread. This year… Read more »

On poached pears and a trifle

The other day a smell permeated the house that was as comforting as slippers – the ones that are covered with wool then open up to a textured faux fur that tries to replicate the impossibly soft covering of a baby lamb. It was as fragrant as Lillies and so completely intoxicating I had a… Read more »

Simple Chocolate Cake

It has been awhile since I designed and created a wedding cake. When my sweet little punks were less mobile I spent many weekends building massive edible sculptures that were destined to be destroyed and enjoyed. Some were covered in chocolate with torched meringue flames. Others were teal and intricately decorated with chocolate damask. Many… Read more »

Gingerbread Tart with Cranberry Curd

While I technically did not finish off the month by posting everyday I still consider my crazy attempt a success. In this current season of life my time is very limited and more structured then I ever would have wanted it to be. I have two little sweet boys who want my attention and continually… Read more »

Gingerbread Cookies


As a little girl I wanted to be Martha Stewart. My best friend and I took it upon ourselves to create a publication for young girls, such as ourselves, who dreamed of being the crafter, cook and exceptional decorator that Martha is. Our magazine was called, Mini Martha Living. It ran for one issue. Oh… Read more »

Apple Pate de Fruit


While serving dozens of cookie plates at the restaurant I would occasionally sneak in a taste for myself. After the Chocolate Chip Cookie, the little fruit jellies were my favorite item on the plate. “This is the best fruit roll-up I’ve ever had” was my reaction after the first taste of a Pate de Fruit…. Read more »

Pumpkin Pie

I love that I’ve posted two entries that have both deviated from my NaBloWriMo plan – and it’s only the second day. Typical. But I assure you over the next few days you will get your fair share of apples. This past Saturday I found myself alone in the house. After the initial shock of… Read more »

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

You know what I love?! Vanilla. I mean of course there are other things like my husband and my boys and chocolate, but vanilla is really something to admire. I love the way the thousands of little black seeds disperse in a pot of simmering cream while I’m preparing a custard. I love the vivid… Read more »

Dulce de Leche

While testing a fabulous apple tart recipe – which you should be seeing in the near future – I came across a technique that we used often at the restaurant but I have since forgotten. Dulce de Leche. One bite of the impossibly creamy and almost pudding like caramel had me regretting all those missed… Read more »

Nothing Goes to Waste

So now that everyone has their lard rendered let’s make some shortbread. Wait. What?! You haven’t rendered your lard yet? I understand. Some people are less than thrilled to be fondling pig fat. If you haven’t gotten around to producing your own batch of the white gold then do yourself a favor – make some… Read more »

Strawberry Balsamic Shave Ice

I have casually rolled my eyes and silently scoffed at the woes of fellow Seattle dwellers who have complained about the heat. I may not have joined in this pitty party before because I have been sitting comfortably in a cool-climate controlled basement while we are still in house-hunting/buying transition. But lately my compliance with… Read more »

Golden Crunch Cake


Quite often I break one of the cardinal rules of parenting; “Never wake a sleeping baby.” After the often drawn out and complicated process of actually getting them to sleep – waking them would be so very wrong. Why would anyone do this?! Here is why I do it. Our youngest child came out of… Read more »

Making Danish

I didn’t have children so that I could have a crew of sous chefs ready and waiting to assist me with the day’s menu or follow me around with a mop and broom cleaning up all my inevitable disasters. But as it turns out that is in fact one of the MANY perks of having… Read more »

Ice Cream and Sorbet without a machine

Look at you. Being so patient. Really I’m not tease. The past 2 1/2 days have been consumed with the International Food Blogger’s Conference. It was both incredibly thrilling and exhausting. I’m sure I’ll be saying a bit more on that soon. But I just can’t bare to make you wait for your ice cream… Read more »

How I cook.

With a fridge full of produce and a pantry loaded with the essentials (grains, oils, vinegars, salts & spices) I see limitless dinner possibilities. In my kitchen it is rare to find a cookbook propped open on the counter. There is no weekly meal planning, although I have tried that but I always revert back… Read more »

Just hatched

Spring has officially arrived and it feels oh so heavenly. While it may have just turned Spring-ish outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest it has been Spring in our kitchen for weeks. Each new season brings its own excitement. Rich Hot Chocolate in the Winter, loads of pumpkins and squash in the Fall and enough… Read more »

Drink Green!

What better way to celebrate then with a Grasshopper Milkshake?! (Not quite the same as the Shamrock Shake…. BETTER!) In a blender combine some mint chocolate chip ice cream (two cups), whole milk (1/2 cup) and creme de menthe (2 tbl.) Blend until smooth. Serve with a mint chocolate cookie. If you had more restraint… Read more »

Chocolate Love

I know a lot of people who are sickened by Valentine’s day. They shrug it off as an attempt for the candy and card industry to make a few bucks. But for me, any excuse to eat chocolate and tell someone you love how much you love them and then to hear it in return… Read more »

the last chocolate chip cookie…

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You better believe me when I tell you that you have just found the last Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe you will ever need. I know. I am not the first person to claim this weighty statement. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that this recipe was spreading as quickly as that nasty stomach virus… Read more »

Roasted Grape Tart

Are you tired of hearing me talk about puff pastry yet? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Who could ever tire of the wonderfully flaky and butter filled pastry with its ability to create thousands of different culinary masterpieces? Today I bring you another use for puff. A recipe that is so simple while also being… Read more »

A new tradition

whoa… I’m really cutting it close this year. Finally I have a thanksgiving recipe for you. I hope you aren’t finished cooking yet because I do believe this tart is worth making some space in the oven for. It’s tradition with a kick. Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Tart with a brown butter crust is just what… Read more »

pieces of heaven


Today I found myself pursuing the cold. I didn’t bundle up on our walk to the park after dinner. I did not turn up the heat when I got home. I removed my layers down to a t-shirt and procrastinated putting on my slippers just so that my chill could be cured from the warmth… Read more »

Learn how to make Puff Pastry in 20 seconds

So if you are like me pictures really do speak a thousand words. When learning a new technique if I have an image to guide me along the process then I am golden. Because of this I decided to post again on Puff pastry (yes, it is that good it deserves multiple posts) In the… Read more »