Category Archives: Desserts

Chocolate-Chip Biscotti


April-May 2014 042This recipe, surprisingly, is gluten-free . . . Continue reading


Happy Birthday, Ruby!

RubyIf you follow this blog, you might have seen the doggie cupcakes I made a couple of years ago for Hudson’s birthday. Well, I thought it was time I tried my hand at dog biscuits. I did a quick search and found this recipe on Caesar Millan’s websiteContinue reading

Hap-Peep Easter

I confess I borrowed this recipe for Marshmallow “Peeps”® from Martha Stewart, and I have to agree with her that fresh, homemade marshmallows taste much better than the ones that come from a grocery store shelf, no matter what color (or how cute) they are. Continue reading

Chocolate Torte

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I first made this recipe a few years when friends were joining us for a dinner at our home. I found it in Baking Illustrated. It was so good and easy to make ahead that I have used it at a few catered events since. This is a great recipe.

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Happy Pi Day!

blueberry pies_croppedIn honor of National Pi Day (3.14, for those of you who didn’t know), I’m sharing a recipe for Blueberry Hand Pies.

I know that math people think of this as a day to celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or something like that (I found that on the website), but food people like me think it’s a good day to celebrate PIE. Continue reading

Rustic Chocolate Truffles for You or Your Sweetie

December 2013 030When I was growing up, my mom was always trying new recipes. Every holiday we were testing out something. Many members of my extended family love chocolate, so often there was a new treat to enjoy and critique. There were a few “keepers,” and  this is one of them.  Continue reading

Holiday Cookies

cookies 4A client introduced me to this recipe last year, and I liked it much more than I expected to. Don’t let the name deceive you: These are not very much like fruitcake (I am not a fan). They are buttery and nutty, and the dried fruits have a hint of cognac flavor. Continue reading

Cranberry Tart

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I almost always have Thanksgiving dinner at my mother’s house in Port Orchard, where she does most of the cooking (believe it or not, I don’t make every one of my family’s meals). When we were discussing our plans on the phone last month, she told me she had seen a recipe for a cranberry tart, but she didn’t have time to make it.

The recipe, she said, was in the current issue of Edible Seattle, which I just happened to have at my house in Seattle, too. So I prepared it for Thanksgiving dinner. I think it would make a good Christmas dinner dessert as well, so I’m sharing it with you. Continue reading

Holiday Baking, Part II

fall tartsOn Sunday, I posted a recipe for Sweet Potato Hand Pies, which I made for a client who was attending pie-themed Thanksgiving brunch last year.

Today, I’m sharing a second hand pie recipe, which I made for my client as well as for my own family last holiday season (see photo above)—this one filled with fresh cranberries infused with orange. I found this recipe in the November 2012 issue of Bon Appétit. Continue reading

Holiday Baking, Part I

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It’s hard to believe that I last posted in early November, and now the month is almost over. I imagine that—like me—you are probably thinking about Thanksgiving. If you’re really organized, you’ve probably got your menu planned already. But if not, I hope a few holiday baking ideas on the blog will help inspire you.

Last year, one of my clients was invited to a Thanksgiving brunch for about 20 people, with the instructions that everyone was supposed to bring pie. Continue reading