Burnt Almond Cake

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The city where I grew up, San Jose, doesn’t have a nationally known signature dish. It’s more suburban sprawl than cutting-edge culinary destination. However, there are certain foods that I will always associate with San Jose. During high school I practically lived on falafels from Falafel Drive-In, and to this day I swear their spicy…

Passion Fruit Bars

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a little obsessed with passion fruit. The flavor, the concept—even the name. When I hear “passion fruit” in my head, it’s invariably being said by someone with a sultry accent, all slow esses and coy head tilts and eyebrow wiggles. It’s a name that’s basically begging you to love it,…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark

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Any Princess Bride fans in the house? Today’s hybrid cookie bark recipe brought to mind this quote from one of the most quotable movies of all time*: Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togeder today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam… I’m referring, of course, to the mawwiage—excuse me, the marriage—of some…

Fruit Pizza

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Last week I was talking to Jason about upcoming desserts for the blog, and I mentioned I wanted to do a fruit pizza for Easter. He furrowed his brow and cocked his head to the side like a curious chihuahua. “Fruit…pizza? Is that exactly what it sounds like?” I couldn’t believe it. We’ve been married…

Raspberry-Tangerine Petit Fours For Easter

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I’ve always thought of Easter as a “fancy” holiday. Maybe it’s all the frilly little Easter dresses and matching bonnets I’m seeing in stores—when else do girls these days have a chance to wear a nice bonnet anymore? It’s all skinny jeans and belly shirts and ipods and cell phones and man, am I old….

Raspberry-Rose Cake Recipe

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As a southern Californian, I don’t know that I can talk about the arrival of spring with a straight face. While it’s not true that we “don’t have seasons,” as so many transplants are fond of complaining (usually spoken while wearing flip-flops in January and waving around an iced coffee), our seasonal changes are not…

Pistachio Cake with Blackberry Sauce

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So, St. Patrick’s Day happened, huh? I didn’t get a chance to mark the occasion on the blog because I was busy celebrating glorious, glorious pie. I have no regrets, but lest you think I’m some heathen who walked around shunning green and stomping on rainbows and punching leprechauns, rest assured that we did fete…

Pie Milkshakes (For Pi Day)

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Pi Day is here, it’s finally here! The day I have been planning for all month, and the day normal people aren’t even aware exists! Sweet Pi Day. I wrote about a Grapefruit Meringue Pie yesterday, but today, in honor of Pi Day, I want to share a milkshake recipe. [If this blog were high-tech,…

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