Blueberry Galette

   Blueberries are showcased atop an all-butter pastry made with toasted pecans and cinnamon making this easy galette recipe a standout.   A galette is one of the most humble desserts you can make, however the grand impression it leaves is anything but modest. Its irregular shape and rustic charm also lands it in the […]

Stars and Stripes Chocolate Cake

Broad layers of moist, deep chocolate cake are generously frosted in vanilla bean buttercream icing, and cloaked in red, white and blue fondant stars and stripes. Ideal for Fourth of July celebrations, this American dessert stands tall and proud!   Would it surprise you to know visions of cake dance in my head? It’s true. […]

Strawberry Éclairs with Elderflower Cream

A review of the new cookbook Teatime In Paris! by renowned author Jill Colonna, a giveaway, and her recipe for Strawberry Éclairs with Elderflower Cream! Teatime In Paris! by Jill Colonna is a delightful romp through boutique Parisian pâtisseries as inspiration for the follow up to her wildly successful book, Mad About Macarons! Jill fell […]

Cake Decorating: How To Make Hydrangea Flowers

A cluster of fondant hydrangea blossoms adorning a round cake is beautiful to behold, and it makes a stunning centerpiece too!   It’s been a while since Mrs. W had a special cake. I know―it’s a bit like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes. Truth be told, I’ve had this cake in mind for […]

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze

While clicking through some archived photographs, I came upon this one I shared with the Los Angeles Times quite a few years back. I first learned of the cake when the newspaper had pulled it from their recipe archives publishing it again as part of their ‘Weekend Project’ series in the Food section. The L.A. […]

Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Pancakes Royale

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes are dotted with chocolate chips, layered with fresh strawberries slices, and then garnished with a modest douse of maple syrup, whipped cream, and chocolate chips!   WEEKEND PROJECT Decadent? Yes. Ridiculous? Ridiculously tasty! California strawberries are in their prime, and when these big, red, juicy berries are everywhere, you utilize them at […]

Easy Peeps Easter Cake

Beautiful fondant flowers are easy to make by hand, and require no special tools. Pair them with store-bought marshmallow peeps and you’ll have an enchanting cake to present for Easter! Every year marshmallow chicks start appearing on store shelves as soon as displays can be devoid of red and pink heart-shaped goods. They bring hope […]

Whoopie Pies with Mint Filling and Chocolate Ganache

Covet, Track, And Savor I had it bad. Real bad. I had a fixation so dense it was thicker than fog at less than a quarter mile visibility. I was fixed on satisfying a hankering for that last Thin Mint cookie and I was the only one who knew where it was. Or so I […]

Super Bowl Game Day Recipes

    Back In The Huddle As game day approaches, I find myself thinking about the food table earlier and earlier each season. There’s almost as much forethought put into it as a Thanksgiving feast. This I know for sure; the action around the party spread is equally as much of an attraction, garnering enthusiastic […]

Hazelnut-Espresso Coffeecake

  The aromatic flavors of toasted hazelnut, espresso, and cinnamon are captured in a whole grain crumb dotted with chocolate. Finished with an espresso glaze, this coffeecake begs for a cup of Joe like no other.   I have a confession. I wasn’t a fan of hazelnuts. It’s not that I totally dislike the nuts; […]