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kolaches

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I’m addicted to kolaches. Any and all kinds, but especially these pictured here. Kolaches were brought to Texas by Czech immigrants and now have a cult-like following, for good reason. Almost a Danish pastry, they are made with a brioche-like bread dough instead of laminated layers; their centers filled with creamy sweet cheese and the slightest hint of lemon. When I first came across them in Bread Illustrated…

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Blackberry Basil Buttercream

Monday, June 6, 2016

‘Tolkien once remarked to me that the feeling about home must have been quite different in the days when a family had fed on the produce of the same few miles of country for six generations, and that perhaps this was why they saw nymphs in the fountains and dryads in the wood – they were not mistaken for there was in a sense a real (not metaphorical)…

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Weekend Brunch with Canvas Home

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A few weeks ago I got a wonderful package in the mail: dishes and other table accessories from Canvas Home. They kindly sent me some pieces for a Mother’s Day Brunch I was having at my house, and I honestly swooned upon opening the package. I picked dishes from the Abbesses collection (with the gold trim), and am happy to report they are not only beautiful, but so…

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olive oil cake with bittersweet chocolate and rosemary

Monday, May 16, 2016

This little cake was tucked way back in the archives. I decided to give it a new photo and bring it front and center once again, as it is one of my forgotten favorites. It’s from Kim Boyce’s wonderful cookbook Good To The Grain. Throughout the book, Ms. Boyce focuses on incorporating a variety of underused flours in her recipes, not so much for added health (although that’s…

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hazelnut cake with crème mousseline and chocolate buttercream

Thursday, April 28, 2016

“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to… to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.” – Emily Dickinson (I apologize for the short post. I’m currently working on my first pass for my book, and don’t have time to talk today. But! I do have this hazelnut cake recipe that I hope makes up for my lack of words. Have a…

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dacquoise with blackberries and cream

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My new copper beating bowl arrived in the mail, and I immediately took it over to Zoë François‘ house and made her beat white egg whites by hand in it for this post. In between laughing and giving me dirty looks, she made this incredible dacquoise with blackberries and cream. It was so good we couldn’t stop nibbling on it all afternoon (after she made me wash all…

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chocolate tiramisu cake

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cake is my downfall. I can refuse a glass of wine, push away an opened box of handmade chocolates, spurn a toffee from the tin and turn my nose up at a HobNob, but I can never, ever resist a slice of cake. -Nigel Slater I have to agree with Mr. Slater; it’s hard to say no to a good piece of cake. I recently received Tessa Huff’s…

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granita di caffe + a giveaway

Sunday, April 3, 2016

I spent several summers in my almost 20’s frequenting Java Jack’s in South Minneapolis. It was a late-night, chain-smoking, Soundgarden-cranking coffee hangout, an odd choice for an early-morning, non-smoking, Sarah McLachlan-loving woman. But my sister and I drove there every single night after we closed down the shopping mall coffee shop we worked at, and spent our evenings out on the patio slurping down granitas with the regulars.…

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blood orange donuts

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Yossy Arefi’s (from Apt 2B Baking Co.) new cookbook is out today, and I’d just like to begin by saying it’s so gorgeous. I’ve been a fan of Yossy’s work for quite some time and have been eagerly awaiting this release. The book focuses on all things fruit, and is filled with stunning photographs, unique flavor combinations, and recipes that work.  ‘The recipes in this book range from…