Recipes
buttermilk biscuit

Ahh thee irony

I’ve been busy. I’ve been neglecting this blog and the two or so people who read it. (Thanks guys!) I’m sitting in the middle of the catering war zone that is my house, but I wanted to take a minute to say my piece on the Buttermilk Biscuit, and all of it’s glory.

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sour cream raisin bar

Sour Cream Raisin Bars

I first met Carrie when we worked together at a little café in downtown San Diego. I had recently returned from New York, defeated by the city, but full of hope and a passion for all things baked. She was smoking a cigarette out by the dumpsters, still sweaty from her morning bike ride to work, and I was taking out the recycling. ⊰ more ⊱

tart

Peachs with a twist

Last week my Grandma called me and told me that she had read my entire blog and that all of the recipes were too long. Because they were so long, she said, no one was going to try any of the recipes. I have to admit that at first I was a little offended. Then I started thinking about it and realized that A) that wasn’t neccessarily true, I would try these kinds of recipes and B) if no one tries them then whatever, ⊰ more ⊱

August
25

Ratatouille Relish

Rachel
eggplant relish

Ratatouille Relish

My Grandma Mary is an amazing cook and gardener. Ever since I can remember she and my Grandpa Larry have had a large garden that they eat almost completely out of. They’re 84, work in the garden daily, and are in great health.

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August
24

Peach Vanilla Jam

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peach vanilla jam

Peach Vanilla Jam

I do I do I do love the days when I let myself sleep in past an hour I would normally consider acceptable and provide no apologies for it whatsoever. Today was one of those days. While I spent most of the day procrastinating, and the other part emotionally beating myself up for it, I managed to get out and enjoy the day still.

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puff pastry

Wide awake

I do believe I am in danger of becoming my mother. It’s not the worst thing. She’s pretty awesome, actually. But she’s got some crazy habits and sometimes socially unacceptable behavior.

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coffee cake

Santa Rosa Plum Coffee Cake

I recently aquired a set of wine glasses. A set being two, both of which are mildly chipped, therefore deemed unusable by the restaurant I work at, resulting in my new set of wine glasses. Prior to my receipt of these glasses I enjoyed wine out of whatever was available; usually a coffee cup, sometimes a mason jar. I still enjoyed it. I’m not too picky when it comes to that kind of thing. But, you know, I gotta say… ⊰ more ⊱

July
12

Lemon Berry Trifle

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trifle

Lemon Berry Trifle

It’s finally that time in the middle of summer when everything and anything you could possibly want is available at the farmer’s market and even the grocery stores. It was a friend’s birthday, and I had a gorgeous array of berries from the farmers market and also the last of the Meyer lemon juice I had frozen from my grandpa’s tree earlier this spring so I threw together one of my favorite summertime desserts…Lemon Berry Trifle.

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July
09

Heirloom Tomato Pot Pie

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tomato pie

Heirloom Tomato Pot Pie

I’ve been kind of debating what I wanted to call this little number. I think “pot pie” best suits it, because it really is a meal in and of itself, served along side a little green salad.

My friend TJ grew up in New Jersey working at a roadside farmstand. Every summer “Ron the Baker” would come and buy fruit, and later return with all kinds of pies for them to sell. Mostly the pies woulld sell themselves, but the one that people were ⊰ more ⊱

galette

George

I love it when I have so much stuff in my fridge, that a dessert just naturally comes together, seeming almost effortless. Yesterday I was lucky enough to find a couple pounds of pie dough, some frangipane, and a freezer bag full of cardamom -oat struesel. I also had a few super ripe nectarines and juicy strawberries from the farmer’s market the day before, so these homey and craveable ⊰ more ⊱

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