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How to delight a fan, Pt. I

Make it a surprise   In my last baking post (two weeks ago…my how time flies!), I talked about the DIY Wedding Cake my younger daughter and I made for my older daughter’s wedding, and I mentioned the TARDIS cake we made for the groom. We all wanted to surprise him (both daughters and I), and boy did it… [ Read More ]

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DIY Wedding Cake

** NEWS FLASH!! ** We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you the news that my beautiful older daughter and her loving (and tall) fiancé were married this past Sunday, on what was my husband’s and my 34th wedding anniversary! It was a wonderful day, filled with family and friends from far and near,… [ Read More ]

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Have Lemons (& Limes & Mint)? Make…

Do you remember when I told you about the High Tea tradition I have with my daughters? No? Well, I’ve been taking them to tea on their birthdays since they were each 5 years old…it’s our way of celebrating them on their special day. On our very first tea date, my older daughter was served a lemon… [ Read More ]

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Tiramisu truffles…a finger food treat

What do you do when you want to serve tiramisu as finger food? Normally, this Italian dessert is made with coffee-dipped ladyfingers layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, then topped with cocoa powder…it’s not really something you can eat without a spoon. Why did I want to mess with a classic,… [ Read More ]

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In a temper with chocolate

Working with chocolate puts me in a temper (Hahaha!…wait, you don’t get the joke? Keep reading, then…). That’s not to say that I don’t love eating the food of the gods…good dark chocolate is one of the pleasures in life, and it’s healthy, too – full of anti-oxidants and flavonoids and all sorts of other… [ Read More ]

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Say cheesecake!

Riffing on recipes I’m not one to create recipes…I leave that up to the professionals. Oh, I can riff on existing recipes to be sure (with decidedly mixed results), but coming up with and relentlessly testing new ideas? No, thanks. Luckily for me there are many high quality food websites and blogs that I’ve come… [ Read More ]

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The Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-Off Battle

It’s Kentucky Derby week! This week we think of fast horses, fancy hats, and cool Mint Juleps. Me, I think of food and drink (naturally) – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Derby Pie (or Pecan Bars)…and, of course, bourbon. It was fortuitous then that I acquired two bottles of whiskey from Ken Gordon of Gordons DTX…he… [ Read More ]

Feeding a crowd

Feeding a crowd

Happy (belated) Patriots’ Day, everyone! What, you don’t know what that is? Don’t feel bad…growing up in Southern California I’d never heard of it either, but trust me that it’s a big deal in Massachusetts. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 (the “shot heard ‘round the world”) that signaled… [ Read More ]

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Pi(e) Math

Last week was Pi Day (March 14th, or 3/14), a day fully created to make my math tutor/chef’s heart skip a beat. I love the number-to-date relationship (not to bring back nightmares from Geometry, but pi (∏), an irrational number representing the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle, is 3.14159…). I, of… [ Read More ]