ooey gooey – mississippi hazelmud tart

August 27, 2015
Mississippi Hazelmud Tart

  Mississippi Mud desserts usually fall into two camps: a pie with ice cream or pudding filling; or a cake/brownie. Either way, the result is intensely chocolate, rich in texture, and sublimely decadent—all the while resembling the mud of the Mississippi riverbanks.

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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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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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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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edible still life – passionfruit chiffon tart w summer berries

August 1, 2014
Passionfruit Chiffon Tart w Summer Berries

  The fruit mania continues with this week’s creation inspired by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We went there mainly for photography and fashion exhibitions, but I walked away with something unexpected.

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fruit high – ginger cherry plum galette

July 25, 2014
Ginger Cherry Plum Galette

  I keep thinking there’s plenty of time to savor summer fruits—then I realized that cherries are at their prime, and they won’t last much longer. Strawberries are gone, except in supermarkets, but blueberries and stone fruits are still plentiful in the farmer’s markets. I’m determined to bake full speed ahead on all desserts with […]

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party on – banana frangipane tart

April 4, 2014
Banana Frangipane Tart

The long awaited Pie Party Potluck LIVE! is back —and everyone seems to want a slice of pie  . . . or many slices of many pies. The event is sold out.

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habitual – matcha raspberry tart

January 24, 2014
Matcha Raspberry Tart

We acquire habits throughout our lives—some are conscious, while others are subconscious, patterned into our mind and body.

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a round of fruit – dulce pear tart

October 17, 2013
Dulce Pear Tart

Pears stir up wonderful memories of my Mom. Dinner was not complete without a fruit course—or more accurately fruit courses. She would go to her favorite fruit vendors to hand select the best they have to offer, and since this was Hong Kong, the selections came from all over the world. Oranges from Spain. Melons […]

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last dance – easy fruit tart

September 26, 2013
Easy Fruit Tart

The produce at the Farmer’s Market reflects the blurred lines of summer and fall. Apples comingle with peaches, green beans lie with summer squashes, and pumpkins roll with hearty greens. You can switch your affection and embrace autumn bounty—or you can still have a summer fling with ripe stone fruit, which is at its peak.

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best kept secret – fig almond crostata

September 13, 2013
Fig Almond Crostata

For all you who don’t live in New York City, I’ll let you in on a secret. Minus the farmer’s market and the super fancy grocery stores, the best place to buy your fruit is from street vendors. The fruits are ripe and ready to eat and the prices are cheaper than regular stores.

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