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Dark Chocolate Brownie with Pistachio Ice Cream, a Cherry Reduction, and Fresh Cream

January 17, 2012

I blame the cherries. I came around the corner and there they were. Deep red and tempting. I had to buy them. But…then what? Just devouring a pound of cherries seemed like a waste. I pored over my recipe books hoping to find inspiration, but finding none, I turned to the Flavor Bible to find what paired well with the succulent fruit. Port, pistachio, cream, chocolate…ok, now I was getting somewhere. And I couldn’t stop thinking about eating the cherries.…

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Making Cupcakes With Jess

This week, I’m so pleased to have Jessica Duckett of Zimi Photography in town. In between her adventures around the Los Angeles area, she took the time to capture Secret Marmalade making cupcakes. Enjoy taking a look behind the scenes in this photo essay…

January 13, 2012
Apple Cider and Caramel Ice Cream with Pirouettes

Apple Cider and Caramel Ice Cream with Pirouettes

There’s a lot I want to accomplish this year, especially when it comes to pastry. After all, if the world is going to end in December, I should make sure to indulge in as many delicious bites as possible before then. Right? This weekend,…

January 11, 2012

Spicy Bourbon Bonbons and Tequila Lime Infused Caramels

For this month, the Daring Bakers has the awesome challenge to do chocolate and candy. Two of my favorites! To participate, you had to make two candies. One had to either be a truffle, a dipped chocolate, or a filled chocolate. I racked my…

August 28, 2011
Baking Travel

Absinthe Cupcakes

I have a teeny-tiny obsession with absinthe. It started back in college – the liqueur was still illegal then – when a friend of the guy I was dating brought back a bottle from Prague. We had it in the classic college way. In…

August 23, 2011


I made these a few months ago but I’ve been lazy about posting photos. The chocolate truffles I created for a dear friend while the coconut truffles I made for my grandmother. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the coconut truffles – though I think…

August 6, 2011