Nectarine Crumble Muffins

Nectarine Crumb Muffins  The other day at my local PCC, on otherwise difficult day with my two home-for-summer-vacation daughters, I passed nine different varieties of sun-ripened fruit. “Oh these are the best,” said the produce dude with the Bodhi tree tattoo on his broad shoulder. “Really,” he said, showing me his pearly white teeth as… 

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The Art of Food

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Say Cheese

I had my picture taken the other day. A friend of mine, who is a photographer, came over and we went outside and snap, snap, snap went the shutter. I smiled. I laughed. We talked about what an author picture should look like. Which means we took pictures of myself looking serious, and pictures of… 

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Winter is Here

Winter is Here Winter is here, which means it is holiday baking time again. Halloween cookies. Thanksgiving pies. Candies. My daughters love making cookies. I don’t especially like making cookies with my kids. Which is a shame, as I loved baking cookies with my mother when I was little. She didn’t cook much back then,… 

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Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus This is one of those recipes that anyone can find success with, however it does take a little bit of preparation. It can be served as an appetizer that people pick up with their fingers, and I think I saw this presentation in a Martha Stewart book. Since you can blanch or… 

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Molten Chocolate Cake

MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKES with Red Wine Syrup by Mishele Maron The better the chocolate, people, the better the cake. I used to make this cake every time we had a new group of guests. Never fails to impress. Even if you mess up and bake the cake all the way through and there is not… 

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Pot de Creme

Chocolate Pot de Crème This recipe is from Mutsumi Takehara, Pastry Chef at San Francisco’s nationally acclaimed Slanted Door restaurant at the Ferry Building Marketplace. Traditionally a simple, French “comfort food,” Mutsumi’s version of Pot de Crème is nothing short of outrageous. She makes this rich dessert with E. Guittard’s 61% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate and… 

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