Faaaaaaaabulous Birthday Cake for TWD!

This week is the second anniversary of Tuesdays with Dorie, the wonderful baking group that bakes each week out of Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours. I do believe that this group is the primary engine that keeps me blogging, since I am a chronic blog neglector and would probably let this…

Happy New Year! Happy Caramel Corn!

Happy new year! Maybe I always feel this way and don’t remember, or maybe this year in particular has overstayed its welcome, but I am so ready to begin a new year, and a new decade. The slate, she is fresh and ready to be filled with only good things, good thoughts, and good actions…

Brownie Cookies, the Best of Both Worlds

First off, a bit of business. My Oh Nuts! giveaway ended last night, and the winner, as chosen by the random number generator, was lucky number 17: Caroline of Sweet Caroline. So Caroline, email me your contact information and I’ll get the gift certificate sent your way! Speaking of nuts and dried fruit and yumminess,…

TWD: Pecan Sables

You don’t have to tell me how good Dorie’s sable recipe is. Just this past summer I was swooning over the spiced version–such good flavor, such good texture, such easy, delicious little cookies. So this time I decided to shake it up a bit, and try a pecan version. I added ground roasted pecans to…

Deep Chocolate Brownies

Recently I received some samples of TCHO baking chocolate to try. If you’re not familiar with TCHO, they’re an artisan, bean-to-bar chocolate company based in San Francisco. I’d tried their chocolate bars in the past, and found them very good, but far too pricey to do any baking with…it’s the kind of chocolate you savor…

Pear-Pistachio Tart and a GIVEAWAY!

Wow, did this tart smack me upside the head and surprise me. I am so not a pistachio person. I don’t hate them, but they’re low on my list of go-to nuts, and I can’t ever remember craving pistachios or pistachio flavored anything. And also, they’re green. What is that about?Imagine my surprise, then, when…

TWD: All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake

Dear Inventor of the Bundt Cake Mold, What is the deal with all of the ridges? Why would you purposely create more nooks and crannies for my poor cake to stick to? If I wanted to spend an hour scraping cake from the inside of a pan and then painstakingly cleaning it with a toothbrush,…

Beach Baby Shower Cake

We are still in the midst of baby shower season around here, and the most recent honoree was my friend Meghan. Her shower had a beach theme (perfect for our warm LA winters!) so I made her a seashore cake to celebrate. I found a great seashell candy mold at Michael’s that had 5 different…

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