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prunus maximus – cherry almond tart

July 2, 2015
Cherry Almond Tart

Cherries were prized by ancient Chinese royalty and the wealthy. Besides the fruit, cherry wood was believed to ward off evil spirits—even today, Chinese families place cherry branches over their doors on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. Statues carved from the wood stand guard at the front of homes.

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so berry – fresh strawberry cream pie

June 18, 2015
Fresh Strawberry & Cream Pie

  The perfume of strawberries fills the hot afternoon air at the Farmer’s Market. As much I think of them as berries, they aren’t.

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sugar differential – rhubarb almond honey cakes

June 11, 2015
Rhubarb Honey Almond Cakes

  There is a difference between almond paste and marzipan. Marzipan is made from almond paste but with much higher sugar content—and egg whites are sometimes added. It has a smoother texture and is more pliable, easier to roll, and use for molding and decorating.

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ghost town – chestnut ‘montblanc’ tart

January 30, 2015
Chestnut 'Montblanc' Tart

  The biggest blizzard ever . . . didn’t land in NYC on Monday. In stead, we got a ghost town with just enough snow to briefly cover sidewalks and streets. People tried to get home before subways and busses stopped running. Stores and restaurants closed in the early evening.

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sweet memories – pistachio baklava cake

January 23, 2015
Pistachio Baklava Cake

  I started this blog back in 2009 with the intention of sharing my love for food. I’ve never done a blogiversary, nor have I kept many stats.  Week after week, I just make desserts I like and share them. Occasionally, I get comments and emails about how much someone has enjoyed the recipes. Some […]

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it’s a wrap – pistachio apricot cake w earl grey frosting

December 12, 2014
Pistachio Apricot Cake w Earl Grey Frosting

  As we pack our bags and get organize for our vacation, I want to tie up a few loose ends—such as a list of dessert ideas and inspirations that I wrote down throughout the year. Most have been tested and worked well. Others need a rethink. For my last dessert post of the year, […]

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asset management – apple almond cake

November 14, 2014
Apple Almond Cake

  It’s only the beginning of November and my dance card is full for the rest of the year with three major events. One is a gathering at our friend’s house for Thanksgiving, for which I’ll be helping out and turning out some desserts. The second one is M’s birthday. Yes, both occasions are celebration […]

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loafing – fig almond tea cake w coconut-honey glaze

October 10, 2014
Fig Almond Tea Cake w Coconut Honey Glaze

  The precision and the science of baking have intrigued me since I was in college—it was also therapeutic as a needed break from my studies in architecture.

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gift of nothing – french plum tart

October 3, 2014
French Plum Tart

  It’s been a rather quiet week with few pressing matters, so I got to settle into the groove of baking and use this perfect opportunity to come up with a fresh list of desserts. More time in the kitchen may not sound exciting, but when baking is usually squeezed between errands and obligations, an […]

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belated & beloved – german chocolate chocolate tea cake

September 26, 2014
German Chocolate Chocolate Tea Cake

  As much as I welcome fall, there’s still unfinished business to close out from summer—the birthday celebration of the Leos.

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change with paste – blueberry almond cake

September 19, 2014
Blueberry Almond Cake

  I said goodbye to summer in my last post and thought I’d be ready to move on into the Fall . . . not quite so, as it turns out. The weather may have cooled, but produce at the Farmer’s Market stated that summer was holding on.

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