Meyer Lemon Cream with a Raspberry Swirl

March 9, 2011

A familiar kitchen illuminated with golden sun puddles and a large bag of late-season Meyer Lemons; I can’t think of a more perfect welcome home after spending a few days in a snowstorm where the nights were sometimes 15 below. One breath of the unique citrus perfume from the afternoon sun-drenched fruit bowl, and I […]

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Currently Craving: March 2011

March 6, 2011

EAT: Jonboy Caramels Handmade organic caramels in flavors like Molasses Ginger and Absinthe Black Salt, created by an enterprising Seattle Whole Foods employee. Brown-rice syrup replaces the usual corn syrup, and the parchment paper packaging is as lovely as the sweets inside. READ: Vefa’s Kitchen 703 beautiful pages filled with simple yet evocative photography and […]

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Hazelnut Praline Truffle Slice

March 5, 2011

You’d never guess that this chocolate truffle slice has only four ingredients plus a little water. Essentially just a ganache with a little toffee nut crunch, let it chill for a few hours and you have yourself a lovely smooth chocolatey bar that tastes like a grown-up version of Toblerone. It makes an interesting yet […]

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Napa: A Relaxing Weekend At The Carneros Inn

February 21, 2011

Warm golden sunshine on my face, the fragrant citrusy perfume of blood orange soap, water running over driftwood smooth decking underfoot, and a cheeky little finch perched atop the corrugated iron walls singing along. When I think of Napa Valley I should be longing for wine, artisan picnics and Michelin stars. But I secretly dream […]

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Cake and Bubbles for Dabble

February 14, 2011

All good celebrations call for cake and bubbles, and the launch of Dabble Magazine on February 28th is no exception! Dabble is a new magazine dedicated to three of my favorite things – design, travel and food, and I’m thrilled and humbled to be a part of the dizzying team of expert contributors assembled by […]

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Seattle: Tarte Zen Lipous at Le Reve

February 4, 2011

Queen Anne’s Le Rêve is a little bakery in a little red house that’s a little French. I came for the Kouign Amann, but I was quickly distracted by these dinky chocolate bombe tarts, which remind me a little of an Italian tartufo cioccolato. Rather oddly named, these desserts were originally created by Patisserie Normandin […]

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Croque Monsieur in a Jar

February 1, 2011

Do you remember a perfect day? A day full of simple pleasures, a day that you wanted to last forever and knew you would never forget? One of my “perfect” days occurred when I was living in the Cote D’Azur several years ago, when we took a weekend day to eat breakfast in Monaco, drive […]

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Paris: Kouignettes at Maison Larnicol

January 17, 2011

Look up… do you see that lovely layer of thick, chewy caramel pooled at the bottom of a golden pastry laden with good, salty French butter? Say hello to the kouign (“kween”). People flock to Paris for the macarons – Laduree alone sells upwards of 15,000 per day – and while these crispy, chewy melting […]

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Global Desserts: Mohr im Hemd from Austria

January 5, 2011

As a child I was a huge food nerd and obsessed with the iconic and rather ubiquitous Viennese dessert, SacherTorte. Maybe it was the impossibly smooth ganache coating and the impossibly clean slices it produced, or the part where the thin layer of apricot jam meets the soft underside of the chocolate and clings to […]

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Paris: Snowy Christmas on Rue du Bac

January 3, 2011

It sounds so romantic doesn’t it? To be snowed in in Paris at Christmas. Yet Paris is a walking city, to know it is to walk miles through its radiating maze of interesting streets, and the thought of being stuck inside on my short visit was enough to make me cry into my steaming bowl […]

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