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El Rey Chocolate Brownies

It's a lazy holiday weekend, and what's a gal to do... Brownies were calling my name as I was cleaning out the pantry and looking at the little bits of things I had left. Just enough ingredients to make a quarter sheetpan of brownies. These were quick and easy, and make for a great pairing […] Continue reading >

Uchi, The Little Red House

  After many, many visits, to the little red house (AKA, Uchi), in the heart of South Lamar, this was my first trip during happy hour. The first time I have ever walked up to the reception hostess and got seated within 5 minutes of arrival. I was lucky enough to grab one of the […] Continue reading >

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 >

Sweet Italian Biscotti Monkey Bread

I was cleaning out my paperwork from a recent conference I had attended and pulled out a beautiful marketing piece from Baileys that I had picked up during the conference. This immediately brought back memories of their Sweet Italian Biscotti Cream that we mixed with iced coffee all day long. Definitely ranging on the addiction […] Continue reading >

The Great Corn Divide

After testing a half dozen different corn muffin recipes, I found myself noticing quite a difference between Northern corn muffin recipes and Southern corn muffin recipes.  No muffin was particularly bad, nor amazingly wonderful. But the real distinction was the amount of corn meal and texture, and the savory or sweetness in the flavor, which […] Continue reading >

A Little Bit of Heaven: Espresso Profiteroles

Sweet profiteroles are small, crisp, hollow rounds of choux pastry. They are then split in half and filled with a pastry cream or ice cream. I wanted an nice easy afternoon snack and figured I would stray slightly from the original choux recipe and add some espresso for a little bit different flavor. I made […] 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 >

Onions: A Staple In The Kitchen

The Onion...such an amazing  vegetable. The layers of color, multiple flavors and beautiful texture are a great addition to any dish. Onions are very low in calories, a great source of  chromium and quercetin.  Raw onions are readily available all year long. Depending on variety they can be sharp, spicy, tangy, mild or sweet. Onions […] Continue reading >

Food Photography: Five Ways To Create Texture

Texture is one of the most underused elements in food photography. But if properly used, it can create some wonderful food photographs. Taste and smell are two things people most often associate with food. Because we can't capture that with the camera, we have to rely on other features. For texture to show, the image […] Continue reading >