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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hello! And apologies for the silence in this space. The quiet is a good thing – my summer has been lovely and busy; my family and I enjoying quality time together. So baking and blogging has been on the back burner for the better (that sentence had too many ‘b’ words and a terrible attempt at a kitchen pun, which means I’ve had way too much coffee today).…

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crème fraîche cake with roasted berries and white chocolate buttercream + a le creuset giveaway

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My children are curious ones, often on tip-toe or climbing up onto kitchen stools, trying to figure out what I’m always doing in the kitchen. Sometimes they jump in and help: throwing on their little aprons and grabbing spatulas and whisks, and other times they are content with just peeking into bowls and moving on. I find their interest in that space constantly ebbs and flows, and the…

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dark chocolate olive oil cake

Friday, April 21, 2017

‘I believe food should capture your spirit. Your food, I believe, is a compilation of your journey in life – it collects bits and pieces as you go. From youth and culture, from travel, and from day-to-day experiences. It is also very much an evolution… Food’s ability to bring people together is unparalleled. It is at the foundation of our cultures; it is the goodness we can bring…

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triple ginger coffeecake

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Eat a Poem Don’t be polite. Bite in. Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that may run down your chin. It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are. You do not need a knife or fork or spoon or plate or napkin or tablecloth. For there is no core or steam or rind or pit or seed or skin to throw…

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crème fraîche cheesecake with chocolate ganache and mint meringue + a giveaway from emile henry, mauviel, and lékué!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hello! I have another exciting giveaway for you. Three more pieces of kitchen equipment that I absolutely love: Emile Henry mixing bowls, Mauviel Copper Sugar Saucepan, and a Lékué springform mold. The mixing bowls are pretty much a necessity in any kitchen, and this set is lovely, with three different sized nesting bowls. I use them all the time – for mixing, of course, but also for holding…

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ginger cake with pumpkin creme mousseline + #bakeamericacakeagain

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Today is the day! The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is now available! I’m so excited to share it with you. To celebrate, I have a new recipe and these #bakeamericacakeagain tattoos that I am giving away. The lovely FauxMartha and my husband helped me come up with this hashtag to celebrate both my book and the **Election** (remember to vote today, fellow Americans!) Details for the giveaway is…

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parsnip-cardamom cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Parsnips are often overlooked when it comes to baking. I’ll admit I’ve walked straight past them in the produce section, their pale white exterior ignored for other, flashier vegetables. The bold-colored flesh and feathery tops of the parsnip’s neighbor is more familiar, and the root that one associates with muffins and quick bread. So it’s the carrot that is placed in my shopping cart, and then ends up…

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pumpkin skillet cake

Thursday, October 20, 2016

‘Foreign coins, skeleton keys, old French primers, small tin boxes – any little thing I can hold in my hand that like a prayer says be attentive this is the way we live – bits of blue glass polished by waves and saved in a jar in a drawer.’ -Richard Jones, The Blessing I’m going to now admit that I’m a big fan of pumpkin, and I don’t…