Year: 2008

  • Chocolate Chesnut Vanilla Yule Log or Raspberry Vanilla Meyer Lemon?

    Now say that twelve times real fast after after one too many glasses of Champagne!! These Yule Logs are the desserts I served the family on Christmas dinner and between the 12 of us there were barely enough left for a midnight snack! I did not intend to double the work and make two “just” […]

  • Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! Joyeux Noel! Christmas Eve was low key here, assembling filling boxes after boxes of baked goods and preparing for dinner with the family today. Each year I put together a variety of treats and B. helps with the wrapping and of course tasting “reject” cookies. Pistachio and […]

  • Banana Tatin Verrines

    I never know “sur quel pied danser” (on which foot to dance) the last few days leading to Christmas. I have my feet in the starters’ block but it is too soon to get going! The tree is up, the house is decorated, all the doughs for the cookies and treats are made and parked […]

  • Lavender And Espresso Truffles

    Christmas is right around the corner isn’t it?! I am fully in the holiday spirit, at least I think I am. No, I know I am once I get home, close the door and start baking and filling boxes with goodies to be shipped off to friends and given to the family on Christmas day. […]

  • Gingerbread Men Macarons

    I did not intend to post about macarons again this soon until Carol planted an idea in my head. I have come to accept and oh so happily surrender to her gentle “hey Tarty! Ever thought of doing xyz?” or “what about a little of this on a little of that, eh Tarty?!”. Carol perfectly […]

  • Poached Quince And Red Fruit Cake

    This is going to be a short post I fear today. I can’t shake this cold and can somebody tell me why it is 70F after midnight….talk about throwing a migraine into the loop!! It’s December for crying out loud!! Time for mulled wine, sweaters, fireplaces, clementines, hot cocoa, pomegranates, and quinces. Instead the fall/winter […]

  • Satsuma Pistachio Dacquoise And Buttercream

    Satsuma Pistachio Dacquoise And Buttercream

    I just love December so much I could just wrap my arms around it and hug it so tight it would burst! What gets me so excited in December? Well, Christmas light, Christmas decorations, roasted chestnuts, cranberries, get-togethers, oyster roasts…Oh! I don’t know…a gazillion things. My heart burst, my head spins and my heart swells […]

  • Pomegranate Hibiscus Tea & Honey Ginger Yogurt Verrines – A Virtual Hug

    I play well with food. We get along nicely. I can twirl it around, bake it, cut it, stretch it, play it up, play it down. We spend many hours together everyday. Swishing sounds of the whisk play with the silence of my thoughts. We do get along well. Sometimes though I wish I weren’t […]

  • Daring Bakers, Caramel Cake and Soft Grand Marnier Caramels

    I can hardly believe that the Daring Bakers are already two years old and that next month will be my own two year anniversary with the group. I can hardly believe that it went from Lisa emailing me with “hey there are four of us making biscotti, are you interested?” to “hey should we have […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thankful that my 5 year old nephew asked me to make him chocolate cupcakes with “snow frosting” for Thanksgiving dinner…even if that’s all he’ll eat. How can I say “no”?!! Thankful for little things like sprinkles and having this space to tell you about my passion for all things sweet. Thankful to have you read […]