blue heron coffeehouse


it’s been awhile

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A few weeks ago the lovely people at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse had a book signing and dinner to celebrate the release of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. I saw familiar faces I used to wait on in my barista days; I met new friends, and celebrated with old ones. If you’ve read through my book you know the Blue Heron…


labneh, sweet or savory

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I spent some time with Larry and Colleen Wolner while working on our column for Food 52, and one of the recipes we worked on was labneh, two ways. I had only approached labneh on the savory side of things, so topping it with raspberry coulis was a very nice surprise. The Wolners served it on thinly sliced toasted baguettes, and it was the perfect appetizer. Or dessert.…


summer of fun vol. 1

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hello! I’m popping in from my little blog break to share a few photos from a recent weekend road trip. Winona, Minnesota may not seem like the most exciting place on the planet, but it’s terribly near and dear to my heart, as I spent five years of my life there: going to school and working at the coffeehouse I always talk about. It’s also where I met…

silent sunday

stay attentive {silent sunday}

Sunday, August 5, 2012

‘My style of cooking and writing has changed over the years and things that seemed to make sense then don’t make sense now. But more generally, every time you approach a dish, it feels slightly different. It seems to be asking for a little alteration, for this addition of this or the removal of that. I try to stay attentive to this. I guess this is what makes…


The Blue Heron Coffeehouse

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One day, about 14 years ago, Larry and Colleen Wolner decided to give me a job. They had recently purchased one of two coffeehouses in Winona, Minnesota, and were in the process of making it their own. I had worked in that coffeehouse for 2 years, and hoped beyond hope I could stay on staff. They let me, and my life was forever changed. Larry and Colleen were…

baking breakfast

blueberry muffins

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blueberry muffins were a staple in our house. I remember a tower of Jiffy boxes stacked next to the cereal in our cupboard above the stove. My mom would pull one out, and we would beg her to let us help stir everything together. She taught us how to measure oil, and crack eggs, and not to over mix. It was  most exciting when she would make them…