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pie dough

Butter Dough

I think pie dough is one of those things that people are really intimidated by. I always was. My dad made many a pie growing up, and always worked so quickly, frantically even, while making the dough. He stressed to me from an early age that you must always keep your dough cold. Continue Reading

sant rosa plum tree

The Plum Tree

As previously mentioned, I’ve been stalking my grandpa’s Santa Rosa Plum tree for a few years. Its’ branches are full of blossoms right now, but there won’t be any fruit for a couple months. I think its’ real time to shine is the last week of June, first week of July-ish. During those two weeks, everything I bake is full of these spicy, juicy gems… Continue Reading

Strawberry Shortcake

My garden is growing. Somehow, no thanks to me I’m sure, it’s actually producing produce. I’ve never grown anything before, and within days of planting this garden, all of my flowers died. So you can imagine my surprise when the edibles kept on keeping on. I live in an apartment complex built in the 1920’s in downtown San Diego. Continue Reading

It’s tough living in a bakery. While I used to be satisfied with a pretty common mid night snack of say, a spoonful of peanut butter or some string cheese, I’ve recently been waking up to stomach pangs and cravings for blackberry crisp and toffee pecan brownies. I know, I know, it sounds a little involved and indulgent for 3:30 a.m., but when you already have the stuff lying around, it really only takes a few commercial breaks to throw this stuff together.

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I’ve been talking a lot of smack recently about mac and cheese. A classic American favorite, it’s become very posh to feature this delightful dieter’s nightmare on menus everywhere. Usually there’s some sort of clever spin on it…like Cafe Chloe’s version with pancetta, gorgonzola, fontina, and gruyere or Urban Solace’s with duck confit. I still think they made a mistake by not calling this “quack and cheese”. With the exception of Cafe Chloe, Continue Reading