Sponsored Post: Spicy Apple and Berry Cobbler

October 17, 2016

This zippy spicy apple and berry cobbler is an updated twist on a classic comfort dessert. “Whoa. Is this recipe on your blog?” asked my new friend Kellie of The Suburban Soapbox. We were in Chicago for a short whirlwind 24 hours for the #OrganicForAll event hosted by Safeway. The day was flying by fast, […]

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Peach and Blackberry Pie

August 22, 2016

A Midwest Summer experience: learning to fire a gun, baking a peach and blackberry pie and how food brings us all together. “If you at any point feel uncomfortable, you should yell out ‘CEASE FIRE’ and everyone will put their guns down.” Said the man in the instruction video at the shooting range. We were […]

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Rhubarb Coffee Cake with Blackberries and Big Crumb Topping

April 11, 2016

This not-too-sweet rhubarb coffee cake has blackberries and a big crumb topping for a perfect spring breakfast treat! “Do you ever get burned out of baking?” asked a friend of mine at brunch. We were huddling together in the patio deck, trying to keep dry as it was raining outside. The overhead awning was huge […]

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Apple Pandowdy with Blackberries

September 7, 2015

This easy rustic Autumn dessert is called an Apple Pandowdy with blackberries. Easier than a pie, simple as a cobbler, just as tasty as either! I can’t believe it’s September already. The summer is clearly over, with the last of the heirloom tomatoes, peaches and plums starting to thin out. Berries are having their last […]

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Blackberry Muffin Recipe made with Whole Wheat, Honey and Fresh Mint (and going up to Portland For Feast Portland!)

September 9, 2013
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The last time I was in Portland, Oregon was two years ago. My partner AJ and I roadtripped up to Oregon, through Ashland where we saw their awesome Shakespeare Festival, visited Crater Lake and finally ended up in Portland to hang out with my college friend Sue and her husband Tony. I haven’t been up […]

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The Black and Blue (berry) Pie for Folsom Street Fair

October 13, 2011

[Warning: If you are easily offended or work in a sensitive environment, you may want to click away, as this post has pictures that aren’t what you usually find on a food blog. Nothing too risque, but I felt obligated to warn you ahead of time.] It’s been awhile since AJ and I have had […]

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Southeast Asian inspired vegan Apple Blackberry Pie with coconut crumb and coconut scented crust

November 5, 2010

Peter and Grant are the fanciest friends that I know. They are the only people I know that actually own not one but multiple tuxedos (one can only assume because one is never sure when one will have to go to back to back black tie events). They were the people I went to French Laundry the second time I went (remind me to tell you how I went the first time, it’s relatively amusing). And they are the only people I know who actually shop at Brooks Brothers, without any sense of irony whatsoever. And, of course, they are the ones that inspired me to take a simple basic all American dessert like an apple pie and make it all fancy. I present to you, the Southeast Asian Inspired Apple Blackberry Pie with coconut crumb topping and coconut scented crust.

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Vanilla & Almond Scented Apricot Plum Summerberry Pie for a visiting pie fanatic friend.

August 10, 2010

After the insanity of the Pie or Die contest weekend, you’d think I’d be totally pie-d out. As in, I never want to see a pie ever again….or at least for a week or two. But that didn’t happen. Why? Because my friend Stacy was visiting right after the event and she LOVES LOVES LOVES pies. And who am I to deny her pie? I decided to head back into the kitchen, see what I had around the house and bake up another one. Luckily I had a some pie crust leftover from the SF Food Wars in the back of the fridge (this made me think that EVERYONE should have pie crust at their disposable. Pies are really so easy to make if you already have ready made pie crust! I think I might have to make some pie crust and freeze it). Though a bit of a hodgepodge of flavors, this Vanilla & Almond Scented Apricot Plum Summerberry Pie summarizes my personality in one tasty flaky crust package. A bit of this, a bit of that, slightly sweet, slightly flaky, slightly spicy with a kick and completely pragmatic (use up fruit in the fridge before it goes bad!) and dare I say it, pretty darn easy (Hmmm. Now what does that say about me?).

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Blackberry Lemon Chess Pie w/ Honey Jumbleberry Sauce. How I won the SF Food Wars – Pie or Die Competition!

July 28, 2010

Oh man. I’m on a HIGH! And no, it’s not a sugar high – though that would totally be a good guess. It’s more because for the past two or three weeks I’ve been stressed and freaked out about entering the SF Food Wars Pie or Die competition. They put out a call for entries about a month ago, and as I had mentioned in the past, I’m pretty bad at trying to “figure out” what I’m going to bake in advance. But I rallied, pulled out my new favorite not a cookbook cookbook The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dorenburg, cross referenced a few ingredients and came up with this description of my entry: Check(mate) Please! Blackberry Lemon Chess Pie – Backyard home-grown lemons and local blackberries update this Southern classic chess pie with a California twist. Almond scented crust adds a contemporary touch, while a drizzle of berry sauce made with a touch of San Francisco honey adds homey complexity. And they accepted it to compete! Of course, I didn’t have all the logistics figured out on how I was going to pull it off, but I figured it out as I went along, AND on top of that I won – oh did I win! But more on that later…

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Rhubarb Berry Steamed Pudding – the Daring Baker’s Challenge, April 2010

April 28, 2010

In a fit of anxiety that I wouldn’t have anything to blog about (apparently that’s not an issue as I seem to have a backlog of posts that I’m trying to catch up on) I joined the Daring Kitchen group Daring Baker’s Challenge. For those not in the know, they challenge everyone in the group to bake the same thing and then post simultaneously the results of the baking on the 27th of the month. The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

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