A First Time for Everything!
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
Do you have a recipe or a classic dish of some sort that you've often thought of making but just never gotten around to actually making it happen? Baked Alaska is that exact dish for me. In my journey along the dessert path I have come across countless recipes that I have bookmarked and thought, "One day, I will make you!" Some have those desserts have come to life in my kitchen and many more are still waiting to be born, just hanging out in the recipe pile with all the rest. For some reason,
{SF} China Live: Modern Chinese in San Francisco’s Chinatown
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The opening of China Live, a modern restaurant and emporium in San Francisco’s Chinatown, brings back a lot of nostalgic memories for me. When I was growing up in San Jose, before Ranch 99s and Marina Foods became fixtures along 101 and 880, trips to Chinatown in San Francisco were a weekly ritual for my […] The post {SF} China Live: Modern Chinese in San Francisco’s Chinatown appeared first on Dessert First.
Thank You and Farewell
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Everyone, thanks. Some part of me thought a site redesign could somehow paper over my fundamental lack of time. It just goes to show the lengths we're often willing to go to kid ourselves. The girls are getting frighteningly large and need me for all the usual pre-teen and a pre-pre-teen things: homework, family dinners, sport practices and games, and frequent, urgent talks off the emotional ledge. Mrs. Pastry can only do so much. The site will stay up as long as there's an internet, so don'
Vegan Blackberry Coconut Ice Cream with a Surprising Ingredient
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Have you heard of the old photographer’s trick of using mashed potatoes instead of ice cream in food photos (that way the “ice cream” never melts)? Well, in this case, it’s not a trick! My ice cream is actually made with mashed Idaho potatoes! The ice cream is vegan (assuming your mashed potatoes have no […]
A Glimpse Behind the Desert Themed Marbled Fondant Wedding Cake
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www.cakelava.comWhen Style Me Pretty first approached cakelava to do a Facebook live video for them, we were extremely excited and honored to host them at our new Las Vegas shop! What is often the case with media/social media related project requests, first comes the wave of excitement - you feel giddy about the project. Then the reality sets in. You feel anxious and slightly overwhelmed. You have x-amount of time - often two weeks or less - to design and execute a project that will delight and
Torta Della Nonna Recipe
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Gina de Palma is the reigning queen of Italian sweets (her book Dolce Italiano belongs on every baker's shelf) so whenever I get a request for something Italian, I go to her first. Her recipe for torta della nonna is straight-up traditional, but when you combine it with her trademark citrus-infused pasta frolla, it's something of a show-stopper. You'll need: 1 recipe pasta frolla 16 ounces (2 cups) whole milk 2 3-inch long strips fresh lemon zest seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean 2.5 ounces (sc
Raspberry White Chocolate Brownie Heart
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
I’m catching up on past baking projects from last month. First off, was it cliché to make a brownie in the shape of a heart for Valentine’s Day? What about a raspberry white chocolate brownie in the shape of a heart? My excuse is that I’ve never owned a heart shaped pan until recently. I’ve […] The post Raspberry White Chocolate Brownie Heart appeared first on Dessert First.
Back to our Regularly Scheduled Programming …
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Woah ... it has been a loooooong time since I've posted. Looooong time. I'm amazed my blog hasn't left me for lack of attention. I hope you're all still hanging around out there as well! As often happens when you've been blogging as long as I have, life brings along it's busy times and it certainly feels like the last few months have been a whirlwind. Not that I've forgotten this special blog world of ours! Maybe it's that spring is finally here (it is finally here, isn't it?) or that I feel
Baked figs with streusel topping and Marsala whipped cream and the reason why we like certain things
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Do you ever wonder why you like certain things? I was making lunch the other day and listening to some music – Toto’s Rosanna was playing. My husband said “I did not know you liked Toto”. I replied “I like this song, because I had an English teacher that loved it, for her name was Rosana”. She was one of the best teachers I had, and on top of that I found her so, so beautiful: she was a
Blueberry Granola
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
This easy-to-make granola recipe featuring powdered milk powder and dried blueberries will make your store-bought granola a thing of the past. Sprinkle it over yogurt, use it as a topping for muffins, or simply enjoy a handful here and there. Granola. For a long time I wondered, “What’s the point?” It seemed like little more than a... Read More
Matcha Tea Cake Cookies
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
These matcha tea cake cookies have a subtle sweetness tempered with a hint of warm and spicy cardamom. Enjoy a few alone or alongside a glass of tea. When I wrote about all the reasons I do not blog much anymore, I left a reason off the list: the dishes. My, how they multiply! A... Read More
Banana Blueberry Muffins
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
I don’t update this blog much anymore, and I’ve been thinking about why not. My first thought was that as time goes by, my standards grow higher, which means I don’t want to share recipes or photos or words when I’m just so-so about any aspect. This content output is very different than the early days of this... Read More
Blueberry Maple Cupcakes
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
These Blueberry Maple Cupcakes are the cupcake equivalent of blueberry pancakes. Topped with a creamy frosting that tastes just like maple syrup. These Blueberry Maple Cupcakes are extra special and unique. They taste like the cupcake version of blueberry pancakes. The texture of the cupcake is a little more like a muffin than a cupcakes...
Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
The only thing better than a cold raspberry lemonade are these Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes! As we welcome summer and it gets hotter, fruit is more and more desirable in treats and drinks, and this cupcake is a beautiful combination. Lemonade cupcakes topped with homemade raspberry buttercream pair for a refreshing bite of sweetness on the hottest...
When Cheesetopia Sells Out Quickly: Avoiding Hate Mail
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So if you've tried to purchase tickets to Cheesetopia lately, you're well aware the event sells out quickly every year. This year was an all-time record - Cheesetopia Minneapolis sold out in seven hours. Yeehaw!Of course, successful events are amazing, but the resulting hate emails, voicemails, texts and actual postage-stamped letters from people complaining they didn't get tickets is a little depressing.
When Cheesetopia Sells Out Quickly: Avoiding Hate Mail
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FOOD AND DRINK : DESSERT AND CANDY
So if you've tried to purchase tickets to Cheesetopia lately, you're well aware the event sells out quickly every year. This year was an all-time record - Cheesetopia Minneapolis sold out in seven hours. Yeehaw!Of course, successful events are amazing, but the resulting hate emails, voicemails, texts and actual postage-stamped letters from people complaining they didn't get tickets is a little depressing.
to baby bear, at age two
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Baby Bear, I’ve been thinking about this letter for a while, but haven’t quite found time to type it up. (In fact, I don’t really have time right now.  I’m not even sitting at a computer as I write this, I’m thumb-typing on my iPhone while you watch Saturday morning cartoons.  You just looked over […]
Wedding Cakes for the Blush-ing Bride
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www.cakelava.comBrides have fallen in love with blush pink and are using it as a prominent color throughout their wedding, from the flowers to the stationery and decor, their wedding dress, and of course, the wedding cake! The feeling is romantic and soft, and everything is so pretty! For our wedding cakes, this translates to whisper soft colors, pretty textures, and gorgeous flowers with delicate petals and full blooms. These are a few of our recent favorites!cakelava was invited by Las Vegas w
Style Me Pretty Comes to cakelava for Facebook Live!
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Style Me Pretty at cakelava for Facebook Live!Yesterday, cakelava had a very special visitor come through our kitchen - Style Me Pretty! Yes, that Style Me Pretty! They came to shoot Rick decorating a marbled fondant desert inspired cake for Facebook live, and we all had a great time! We've had a mega crush on the site for years, and it was an honor to host them in our new Las Vegas shop. You can watch the whole experience unfold by visiting Style Me Pretty's Facebook Videos. We've also shared t
Dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder (plus Palo’s Limoncello Tart)
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One of the clear highlights of my Alaska cruise was dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder, the adults-only Italian fine dining restaurant on the ship. I talked about it briefly in my last Alaska post, and now I’m excited to go more in-depth on my experience. On a previous cruise on the Disney Dream, […] The post Dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder (plus Palo’s Limoncello Tart) appeared first on Dessert First.
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Wishing everyone the happiest of Thanksgiving and a lovely fall season! (We are celebrating with all the delicious bounty of the season and this Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread from Bobbette & Belle: Classic Recipes from the Celebrated Pastry Shop by Allyson Bobbitt and Sarah Bell.)
Well Hello Again …
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Well hello there again little blog! It has been a while. I don't think I've ever been away this long. What's been keeping me away, you ask? Oh ... this and that. But you've never been far from my thoughts. Every now and then I sat down and started this post, only to stop mid-draft and walk away to focus on other things. I'm not about forcing it. I always knew I'd finish the post when I was ready. You've been on my mind so much lately. I've missed you. I've been thinking about you as much as I
Happy Thanksgiving!
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It's never too late to say it - Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for so many things ... this pecan pie is one of them.
Viva the Fabulous Las Vegas Cakes!
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www.cakelava.comWhen in Vegas, order a Vegas themed cake! cakelava has been officially open in Las Vegas for less than 6 months, and we're already starting to rack up a nice collection of Vegas themed cakes. We're not complaining, we love doing the Vegas theme! They are colorful, artistic, the design possibilities are endless, and it is all some version of Fabulous! Here are some of our recent favorites...Our "Vegas, baby" cake, shown above, is Rick's retro and rockabilly inspired design complet
Pasta Frolla Recipe
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Pasta frolla is the Italian version of pâte sucrée. It's slightly fluffier than a French tart crust, a little more tender and a bit little less sweet. One can easily be substituted for the other, however it's the subtle differences that often make the difference between a so-so pastry and an extraordinary one. I've long been an admirer of Gina de Palma's version, and am very pleased to present it here. You'll need: 12.5 ounces (2 1/3 cups) all-purpose flour 2.5 ounces (1/3 cup) sugar 1/2 te
Self Rising Flour: What is it Good For?
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Once I thought: not much. And even until very recently I made my biscuits by blending canned baking powder with White Lily all purpose flour, which is the same stuff just without the pre-blended pop. My assumption has always been that it's safer to use canned leavening as you never know how long your bag of self-rising flour has been on the shelf (after several months the baking powder starts to lose its potency). That turned out to be Yankee thinking. The few times I bought White Lily in Ch
Next Up: Torta Della Nonna
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You’re going to like this, I know it. Basically a pastry cream tart finished with pine nuts and berries. What’s not to love?
Tips To Preserve Baked Goods For A Long Time
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Nothing says HOME, like the warm aroma of baking! Isn’t that right? If you are a baking enthusiast, you would certainly relate with this quote. You must be in love with the amazing and inviting fragrance of soft, sometimes crunchy, sometimes moist, melting-in-mouth cookies, scrumptious cakes and heartwarmingly delicious muffins. If you are a baker, […] The post Tips To Preserve Baked Goods For A Long Time appeared first on CakeJournal.com.