A Terrarium Workshop Birthday Party

Okay friends, settle in. This post is a little longer than usual. I wasn’t planning on having a birthday party for my son until he turned about five or six years old, a time I thought he’d either care to have a party and/or would likely remember it. I changed my mind for his recent third birthday and held… Read More

Fresh Fruit Tartlettes

The abundance of fresh summer fruits, particularly berries, found at the the farmers’ market has been so wonderful to taste and explore. Besides the usual suspects (blueberries, gooseberries, mulberries, and a variety of raspberries, etc.), last week I also found wild wineberries. They look and taste very much like flavorful red raspberries, but they’re smaller, a bit juicier,… Read More

Double Chocolate Cake with Lemon Italian Meringue Buttercream

Rich, complex and bittersweet, this is undoubtedly one of the most fantastic chocolate cakes I’ve ever made. After my first bite I knew it would be my new “go-to” classic chocolate cake and I had to share the recipe with you. I’ll just say “you’re welcome” now because I know it’ll be one of the best cakes you’ve ever eaten and you’re… Read More

A Cake for a New Season

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet drink and botanical medicines. —Henry David Thoreau Cultivation of pleasure comes from living as mindfully as possible during the natural progression of time. Just as… Read More

Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala

In the late 1700s, carrot cake appeared as a spiced pudding, but at some point carrots must have fallen out of vogue because recipes for carrot cake weren’t published very much until the 1930s. It wasn’t until the 1970s that carrot cake gained popularity and became mainstream in the U.S. Every year I make a carrot… Read More

Raw Chocolate Orange-Cardamom Torte

Nowadays, in many cultures, families are getting so busy that quality family time is becoming a rare commodity, if not a special treat. Although time for shared meals and activities is often hard to orchestrate as busy schedules make it difficult to get together, family time is an investment worth making. We spend most of our… Read More