2012

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012
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For the New Year: I want to create more, worry less and be more daring. What’s your new year’s resolution?

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Photo Essay: Solvang, California. A Danish town in Southern California

December 27, 2012
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“This town used to be much cuter…” confessed Bill Martin, sole proprietor of Martin’s Used Books in Solvang, California. He’s probably right, but in truth, I thought the town was plenty cute. A Danish town, just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara in the middle of Southern California wine country, the town was [...]

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Triple Layer Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Frosting and our annual Holiday Party

December 24, 2012
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“That one. That is my favorite of all the desserts!” proclaimed a friend of mine, waving his hand in the general vicinity of the table of desserts I had created for my annual holiday party. I laughed, as he seemed to be indicating ALL of my desserts, as opposed to singling one out. [...]

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Cookbooks of 2012, Part Two. Plus another triple cookbook giveaway!

December 21, 2012
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On Wednesday, I wrote about how I ended up getting more cookbooks than I have any previous year because of how many awesome ones that were released in 2012. So many, in fact, that I had to break my list into two, one for food bloggers and one for the rest of the [...]

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Reverse White Chocolate Crackle Cookie with Oreo Cocoa Powder and 18 Reasons’ DIY Desserts Holiday Cookie Swap

December 20, 2012
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Since the weather has turned cooler here in San Francisco, I’ve looked forward to hosting the DIY Desserts event at 18 Reasons in December. Our annual cookie swap is one of those joyous occasions when people drop in with their homebaked cookies, check out what other people have made, [...]

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Cookbooks of 2012, the Food Blogger edition. Plus a triple cookbook giveaway!

December 19, 2012
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This year has found me acquiring more cookbooks than any previous year in the past, much to my partner AJ’s chagrin. As I slowly quickly run out of room in our tiny apartment (I’ve maxed out storing them under my desk, which means I’m now storing books in my closet) I look at [...]

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Baking to Heal

December 18, 2012
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It’s hard for me to talk about cookies or baking after the events of last Friday at Sandy Hook’s Elementary School. In fact, last Friday left me utterly wordless, which, if you know me, is a rarity. Outrage, anger, complete sadness, I’m still trying to comprehend how something like that could have happened. Where do we go from there [...]

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Day of Remembrance

December 17, 2012
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I am one of the many craft, cooking, lifestyle and DIY bloggers who had posts to share with you today, but the events of Friday’s shooting in Connecticut have left us heartbroken. Like you, we cried as news reports poured in and wondered out loud about how something so cruel could hurt the most innocent and tender.

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SPONSORED POST: Harry & David Fruit of the Month

December 14, 2012
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“So can I eat a pear yet?” asked my partner AJ as he eyed the box from Harry & David greedily. I told him to be patient, as the Royal Riviera Pears weren’t quite ripe yet and he looked slightly grumpy but decided to eat the last Honeycrisp apple that we had gotten [...]

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A contest reminder! Plus a graham cracker giveaway courtesy of Attune Foods!

December 12, 2012
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A couple of months ago, you might remember that I wrote how I was teaming up with Attune Foods to help judge in their Healthy Holiday Recipe Contest. I just wanted to remind you, my dear readers, that there is still time to enter! The deadline for the contest is December 31st and [...]

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The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide and a Vosges Chocolate Truffle Give Away!

December 10, 2012
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Once December rolls around, I get slightly panicky. Where did the year go? Am I going to survive hanging out with all my relatives without going crazy? And what the heck am I going to buy everyone for the holidays? You understand my pain, you know that anxiety of going onto Amazon and [...]

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Photo Essay: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, San Francisco CA

December 6, 2012
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“If I can remember one thing about Charles Dickens from my sophomore year of high school, it’s this: there is nothing ironic in his stories. The good people are good and the bad people are bad. What you see is what you get.” explained my friend Peter as the man in dressed as [...]

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Speculaas (sometimes spelled Speculoos) Cookies, otherwise known as Dutch Windmill Cookies or Biscoff Cookies

December 3, 2012
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Back in 1989, when I was still a sophomore in high school and secretly listening to Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth (though I told everyone that I was listening to New Order’s Technique) my parents dropped a bombshell on me. We were moving to The Netherlands for a year. My dad’s a science professor [...]

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Photo Essay: Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, CA

November 29, 2012
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“It’s totally up to you. We can go or we can go home.” AJ said to me, leaving me with the final decision. I hemmed and hawed and said “Let’s just go home…” until my FOMO kicked in when all my friends said they were going. I never had a huge desire to [...]

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Pear Bourbon Clafoutis and a trip to the Thermador Design & Experience Center

November 26, 2012
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“How do you pronounce it? Clay-foo-ti? Claw-foo-tay?” I quizzed my partner AJ and my friend Peter, both of whom speak French. I had taken the ever-so-practical Latin in high school (carpe diem!) in the long distance hopes that it would improve my SAT scored, thereby tricking an ivy league school into accepting me [...]

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Happy Thankgiving!

November 22, 2012
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I’ll be back on Monday with more stories, recipes and such. In the meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m incredibly grateful that you all stop by to read my ramblings…

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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars with White Chocolate Vanilla Swirl

November 19, 2012
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“So…do you have any holiday recipes up? Because I have the best pumpkin pie recipe!” said the volunteer at the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank that I was photographing for my most recent Photo Essay. I sighed internally. This is always the problem with having a food blog. Everyone expects you to [...]

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