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apple pear cranberry crisp with white wine + a le creuset giveaway!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I have a great giveaway today in celebration of the release of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book: this fantastic Le Creuset braiser pan! I received this braiser about a year ago, and it instantly became my favorite kitchen item. I use it for everything – both dinner and dessert, sweet and savory. It browns chicken and other meats like a dream, the deep sides are roomy and prevent…

baking dessert pies + tarts

pear tarts with honey-bourbon crème fraîche

Monday, April 22, 2013

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the…

baking breakfast

puffed pear pancake with vanilla bean

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Growing up, big breakfasts were a weekend affair. During the week, it was every man for himself; my morning meal usually consisting of a heaping bowl of cereal overflowing with milk. Saturdays, though, would get a little fancy. Mom would whisk up some pancake mix, and we would slather those warm golden circles with Aunt Jemima’s beaming smile; all the cares of the week disappearing into that river…