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Apples in Our Backyard

In Condiments, Sweets and Desserts On September 9, 2014 0 Comments

It turns out, we have an apple tree in our backyard; and it turns out, it bears fruit. A lot of it, too. No brand names that I… Read More »

gluten-free plum and almond tarts

Plum, Almond, and Rose Creative

In Cakes and Bakes, Frozen Treats On August 29, 2014 0 Comments

With a taste for most things sour—must be a Russian thing—I am naturally partial to plums. Although they are universally known to be tart and sweet, I’ve eaten… Read More »

fresh raspberries

Raspberry-Vanilla Bean Jam

In Canning On August 25, 2014 0 Comments

For the last several weeks, no weekend has been complete without a trip to the Jacobs Family Berry Farm. Their berries—a large variety of red and black raspberries… Read More »

gluten-free oat-plum streusel slices

Harbingers of Fall

In Cakes and Bakes, Sweets and Desserts On August 5, 2014 0 Comments

To me, plums bridge summer and fall. Although available at local farmers markets already in late July-early August, their dark skin ranging in color from maroon to indigo… Read More »

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A Tale of Strawberry-Pistachio Meringue Cake, Mountain Breeze, and Duck Eggs

In Cakes and Bakes On June 20, 2014 0 Comments

Every weekend or so, the strong summer heat of the high desert drives us out of town. Lake Tahoe’s ever-cold waters and the neighboring Sierras’ abundant hiking trails… Read More »

strawberry-rhubarb and buttercream tartlets

Welcoming Spring with Quinoa-Coconut Tartlets, Strawberry-Rhubarb Butter, and Old-Fashioned Buttercream Roses

In Cakes and Bakes On March 11, 2014 1 Comment

As I was driving to my last cake decorating class last night, a splash of white on the right caught my eye and made me take my eyes… Read More »

healthy breakfast

Tangy Buckwheat-Chocolate Waffles with Homemade Kefir Cheese and a Honey Tangerine Juice Reduction

In Cakes and Bakes On February 26, 2014 0 Comments

    And a Simple Citrus Salad But first things first. For those of you who are not familiar with buckwheat, it is a gluten-free fruit seed despite… Read More »

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Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Babas and the Beauty of Small Bites

In Cakes and Bakes On February 21, 2014 1 Comment

I I cannot think of a better way to describe the dessert presented to you in this post than what it is now—pound cake babas. The stout, cylindrical… Read More »

early winter

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Roasted Pears and Cranberries

In Frozen Treats On November 20, 2013 1 Comment

  It’s about midnight. I am too excited to sleep because it’s snowing. The first snow of the season here in Reno. My first in the last ten… Read More »

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Fresh Apple Pie and a Couple Pointers on How To Bake Any Pie into a Success

In Cakes and Bakes On November 5, 2013 1 Comment

  A successful pie is a combination of three simple things: a homemade crust, a fresh filling, and a neat presentation. However, more often than not we can’t… Read More »