Orange-Cardamom Einkorn Madeleines

  For the past four days my husband and I have been fully engaged in the Christmas rush.  We’re still not even nearly done but we’re ticking items off the list, slowly.  The storm couldn’t keep my husband indoors.  I had planned two days of baking and online Christmas shopping while it poured outside, only […]

Danish Apple Cake

  “You have the craziest dreams,” he says.  ” I wish I could dream like that.” My husband says this with almost a note of envy in his voice.  To be honest, I don’t think my dreams are particularly different than others’ dreams.  My personal favorites are the ones when I can fly.  Those where I’m […]

Matcha Green Tea Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

  I have decided that I might be over-thinking the French macaron process.  I’ve been trying too hard.  After my successful third batch (here), I set off for the fourth and fifth with only mild anxiety.  I was fueled by my first nearly-perfect macarons but I was anxious because I intended to share the next […]

Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have decided that I will not be growing tomatoes again this year.  I never got around to planning for an enclosure that would protect the tomato plants from the resident deer.  The population seems to grow each year and somehow our yard has been chosen as the place to put down roots.  If […]

Chocolate-Coconut Scones

  I’m on a mission to try all the fitness classes at my neighborhood gym.  I signed up years ago to have a place to work out when bad weather wouldn’t permit me to run or ride my bike.  I’ve taken advantage of the swimming pool, the weight room and the cardio machines; I even […]

Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Pumpkin Madeleines

  Fall can be a confusing time in the Bay Area.  Just when you expect temperatures to drop, they kick up instead, extending summer for a bit longer as if Mother Nature decided to grant us a last hurrah.  This week’s 90°+ days are not uncommon for this time of year, and for a change […]

Blueberry Banana Buckle

  My old refrigerator retired this weekend.  After 15 years of great service we decided that it was time to replace it with a newer, better model.  Though the new refrigerator is much like the old one in both look and features, I was excited at the prospect of having a new toy in the […]

Cranberry-Cinnamon Scones

I have been trying not to look at the calendar too much.  When I do, it sticks its tongue out at me for having fallen behind so much.  I have two days to cross things off my holiday list–there’s still hope!  My husband and I are celebrating Christmas a bit differently this year so time […]