…by any other name…

I am a faulted human being, but if nothing else, I try to be a woman of my word. Albeit, I have my slip-ups too, but more often than not, if I commit to something, I’ll make it happen. Whether I’m having dinner with a friend but dead tired, or being dragged to an event [...]

All things fall.

Thanksgiving is just about a week away and I’m only now remotely getting into the swing of things. I think it’s this “amazing” Southern California weather that has been keeping the excitement of the holidays at bay — I don’t know how Floridians don’t just skip Thanksgiving and Christmas altogether and go straight to Memorial [...]

In crumb we trust.

Crumb muffins are hard to resist. Everyone loves the flour/brown sugar/butter combination, and it’s difficult not to throw it on top of any baked good — bread, seasonal fruit, coffee cake: it all works!
Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table chose this week’s Tuesday’s With Dorie assignment: Allspice Crumb Muffins. The batter was so easy and painless [...]

Piece Of My Tart.

The only tart I was familiar with growing up was the shortcrust pastry filled with vanilla custard and topped with out-of-season fruits lacquered by a saccharine sweet, congealed substance that is ubiquitous at all Chinese bakeries, but seen most often at Sheng Kee establishments (I am a Norcal girl, after all). It was never that [...]

So Many Choices!

I’m one of those people that given too many options, I can never make a decision. Particularly at a good brunch, bakery, or cocktail bar, mulling can take upwards of a very long while. It isn’t such a good time for people I’m with, and I feel the pressure of their anticipation (which is usually [...]

Back In The Swing of Things

I’ve been so busy.
No, really. I know it seems like that’s my most common declaration, but the past several weeks have been one event after another. Starting with July birthdays, there has been hardly a second to breathe. My sister’s visit early on meant lots of goodies were to be baked, to throw her off [...]

A Big Kid Brownie

Katharine Hepburn first struck me as something special since I first saw her in “Woman of the Year”. Her poise,confidence, and talent translated in every subsequent film I’ve seen her and she had a regal quality about her that made me feel like she could be a queen living among the masses. With the selection [...]

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