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Nailed It! Chocolate Dulce de Leche Tart

By now we all have probably seen the images of baking projects gone wrong. If you haven’t seen this, check it out, sit back and be ready to laugh. http://www.lifebuzz.com/pinterest-fails/ After laughing so hard it brought tears to my eyes, it made me think of all the things that went wrong in pastry school while […] Continue reading >

Petit Four: My Work in Progress

I decided to try my hands at petit fours. You know, those little teeny tiny cute cakes that are just bite size. These are definitely a work in process, but I just wanted to get the concept of all the parts then try more advanced another day. For the first try, I have to say...not […] Continue reading >

Love Is In The Éclair

Éclair is the french word for lightening. It's believed to have gotten that name because it glistens from the chocolate topping. Éclairs and cream puffs are made from a dough called éclair paste. Or the French name pate a choux. If I had known how easy these were to make, I definitely would have been […] Continue reading >

A Night At The Oscars

With all the excitement of the Oscars in the air, I thought I might try to jazz up my cocktail for the festivities. Nothing like taking an ordinary drink, and dressing it up for the occasion. A favorite drink of mine is the white chocolate martini. We all know what that is, but  I was […] Continue reading >

My Surrender To Chocolate

Do you ever have those days when you just feel like baking? I think I was feeling sugar deprived and there were so many ideas swimming in my head I couldn't even decide what to make. Saturday was a busy day of creating chocolate truffles, chocolate bouchons, chocolate heart cookies and chocolate mousse. By the […] Continue reading >

The Dessert Masterpiece

I've noticed over the last decade that desserts are becoming more and more of a work of art. The tastes are complex, and the presentation is nothing short of a culinary masterpiece. I recently ate at SWAY in Austin. Their Pastry Chef, Laura Sawicki, has made quite a name for herself. Food and Wine Magazine […] Continue reading >

The Kitchen Brigade: Who’s Doing What?

The creation of the brigade system is credited to Georges Auguste Escoffier. After serving in the French army, he brought his military hierarchy experience to a hotel kitchen in the 1800s. The goal of the system was to streamline the kitchen duties and facilitate in the prevention of chaos. During the 1800s, grand sized hotels […] Continue reading >

Fog on the Vines

We woke up to such beautiful fog one of the mornings in Lodi last week. I couldn't resist pulling out the camera for some sunrise shots on the old gnarly vines […] Continue reading >

Wine & Chocolate

Some of our work was on display in Lodi during the Wine & Chocolate weekend event at the LangeTwins Winery. Such a fun event, that the entire town seems to participate. Click image for Video […] Continue reading >

Sunsets in Africa

In all my days I don't think I have ever seen so much orange. Sunset was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Just gorgeous […] Continue reading >