The Daring Bakers Do Éclairs

You know you belong to a hardcore baking group when you’re assigned to bake éclairs and everyone sighs with relief and gushes about how easy the challenge will be this month. As soon as this month’s challenge was announced, there was a sigh heard ’round the world, and I could almost hear the hundreds of…


First, an order of administrative business: the chocolate giveaway is finished, and Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod is the winner. So Maria, I left you a comment in your blog–email me your address and I’ll send those right out to you. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. I actually have a lot…

Cat Got Your Tongue?

Reasons I was intrigued by this recipe for “Cat’s Tongue” cookies: 1. The name, of course, but more specifically the groan-inducing puns that could be constructed from the name (see title above) 2. The DELICIOUS-sounding description of these cookies as “soft sponge-cake,” with a buttercream filling and a coating of chocolate 3. I am deep…

Chocolate Giveaway! (The Trickle-Down Theory in Action)

Last night I hit the chocolate motherload, courtesy of my fabulous friends Tom and Heather. Tom’s dad is a R&D scientist at Guittard Chocolate (WHAT a dream job, right?), and from time to time he provides them with boxes of high-quality chocolate. Because they know I have a giant sweet tooth, and possibly because I…

Cookie Redemption

After the disappointing Granola Grabbers, it seemed time to renew my faith in the goodness of cookies with the mother of all cookiedom, the chocolate chip cookie. I love experimental recipes and fancy ingredients as much as the next foodie, but when it comes to homemade cookies, I usually prefer a simple, honest, unembellished chocolate…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Granola Grabbers

Ah, “Granola Grabbers.” Such an aggressive, puzzling, tantalizing name for what turned out to be a fairly mediocre cookie. I’m hesitant to say that I disliked these cookies, because there was nothing overtly offensive about them, but I will say that I was distinctly underwhelmed. There’s just too much going on! In addition to regular…

A Tale of Two Brownies

Dear readers: This story has a tragic beginning, but do not fear–it has a happy ending. Once upon a time, there was a woman who diligently read the food section of the LA Times each Wednesday. Even though it was shamefully skimpy and often featured wine articles she didn’t care about, she still looked forward…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Black and White Banana Loaf

I am so excited to finally be joining the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. My old boss had Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours and I used to paw through it, drooling over the photos and recipes, and occasionally making something from the book as a special at the bakery. However, I didn’t…

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