the man, the myth, the macaron!

The macaron: For many novice pâtissiers (i.e. myself), it’s like an elusive mythical creature. For the longest time, I couldn’t seem to get the sweet meringue-based sandwich cookie right. Last December was a disaster. And last weekend was an improvement but still not quite right. But I’m not one to give up. Like my trials making bread, […]

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‘treat yo self’

It’s no surprise that February, being the shortest month of the year, is flying by. So it’s taken me a while to get around to this post, which really should have gone up closer to Valentine’s Day, the day after which my friends and I had our own celebration. It all started with my friend […]

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that takes the (crepe) cake

There is nothing like a good crepe. Trouble is, so many places make bad crepes. I won’t name any restaurants, but if you are eating at a chain, don’t order the crepes there. Sweet or savory, it will never measure up to a homemade recipe. Some of my strongest childhood memories involve breakfasts featuring the […]

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bab, bab, bab, bab, babka bread

I’m not good at this whole winter thing. I hate the cold and snow, the short, dark days. Instead, I am pretending it is spring. Last week, I made the springtime caramelized leek soup again. Still delicious and addictive.Then I transitioned into my month of sweets with a babka, or holiday bread. Babka is traditionally made […]

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a beautiful disaster

I know it’s already February and I am a week late posting about my last bread and soup adventure, but better late than never, right? I call it an adventure, but really it was more of a beautiful disaster. Beautiful: the soup. Disaster: the bread. It seems I am destined to fail at free-form bread […]

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