Posts Categorized: Dessert

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

[youtube D_J_Nqf6q2Y 550 435] 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… Read more »

Ice Cream Float to knock your socks off!

Still on my ice cream kick I wanted to share another killer ice cream recipe. I found a version of this recipe online and thought it was pretty genius. In my typical fashion I tweeked it and made it my own. I think my favorite part about it is that the variations are endless. Without… Read more »

Frozen Dessert Recipes

French Ice Cream –  a very rich ice cream which is made from an egg custard. Contains a high ratio of cream to milk to eggs. Yum. Gelato – is also custard based but contains more eggs and milk and less cream. Because of this less air is incorporated in the process of churning which… Read more »

and now….

the recipes! PIE DOUGH: Grandma’s Pie Dough 2 cups Flour ½ tsp salt ½ cup oil ¼ cup milk ¼ tsp vanilla Combine in that order. PERFECT PIE CRUST 200 g all-purpose flour 125 g salted butter, diced (frozen) 1 T Cornstarch 1 egg 1 t Champagne Vinegar Pulse dry ingredients in a food processor…. Read more »

Pie Science.

Here are the notes from my class as promised. I will post the recipes soon but first you must understand the science behind the process. With a basic understanding of the ingredients involed in pie and tart making then you can better access the problem if something does happen to go wrong and you can… Read more »