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Cranberry Pear Spice Crisp

I don't know about you, but we seem to get a lot of gift baskets the last quarter of the year and they usually contain pears. So we are whipping up some easy holiday baking recipes utilizing pears. Because pears are related to apples, it's a general rule that if a recipe calls for apples, […] Continue reading >

Austin’s Best Desserts – 2016

This is my second year of writing about Austin's Best Desserts and I'm excited to say that my jeans still fit after a year of great food. Although next year I may need to write about Austin's best running trails. Last years write-up had some really delicious and creative desserts on the list. Almost all […] Continue reading >

It Feels Good To Do Good Things

Today was my first cupcake donation to Bake A Wish Austin. It's a small little charity with an original mission of providing free birthday cakes to abused, neglected, or abandoned children and youth who would otherwise not receive one. Over time they have grown, and in addition they now serve birthday cakes to Austin's elderly […] Continue reading >

The Cocoa Process

Nothing like a little trip out of the country to check out one of my favorite things. You guessed it, cocoa. If you have never been to a cocoa farm and you have the opportunity to go, I would highly recommend it. While planning for a Costa Rica trip, I knew that a cocoa tour was something […] Continue reading >

Austin’s Best Desserts – 2015

I don't think there are enough days in a year to enjoy all the best of desserts in this city! So I'll start with a few of my favorites and just keep adding as the year goes on. It really is a tough job, but someone does have to do it. I just hope my […] Continue reading >

Austin’s Best Donuts 2015

I will say this was a really difficult task. I don't eat a lot of donuts, but when I find the right one I can't stop eating it! Spoiler alert...A glazed donut from St Philip is that right one! Good grief, that thing is melt in your mouth delicious! And what makes it even worse […] Continue reading >

Austin’s Best Chocolates 2015

This is my first year writing for the city guide and I couldn't be more excited. Not only do I get to write about my favorite things, I get to sample all of those things. And it's no secret I have a love for chocolate. These chocolate folks are relative new comers to the Austin […] Continue reading >

Chocolate Tasting

Earlier this week, I was testing some chocolate blends that I wanted to use for these brown butter pecan chocolates.  I called over a friend and asked him to help with the tasting. We had six different chocolates to taste. All were very similar in taste, but each had a few minor differences. I arranged the […] Continue reading >

Hand Painted Chocolate Masterpieces

Over the last few months I have been watching Kate Weiser from afar. Well, as afar as the distance of Austin to Dallas. I’ve been following her social media posts anxiously awaiting the opening of her new chocolate shop. The Annual Dallas Chocolate fest was just enough reason to finally get in the car and […] Continue reading >

Nailed It! Key Lime Tarts

We are on week #2 of the Nailed It/Failed It posts and I'm going to declare Nailed It! This is another recipe from the Bachour book. I made a few minor changes to the recipe to keep the home cook in mind and the equipment he/she may have at the house.  This is a really simple […] Continue reading >