December 18, 2015

Gâteau de Pommes Grand-Mère {Grandma's Apple Cake Recipe}

Every year in autumn when barrels of apples fill up produce stands, I begin to think about the various desserts that I will bake with the different varieties. I have several favorite apple recipes on my list: classic apple tart, Tarte Tatin and Ina Garten's Apple Crostata. But this French grandmother's-style apple-spice cake is unique and special. It's especially satisfying served with coffee or tea on a chilly December day. 

November 12, 2015

Artisan Par Excellence: Barlovento Chocolates in Oakland, CA

Barlovento Chocolates (638 2nd Street, Oakland) 

Have you ever dreamed of quitting your day job and seeking an occupation filled with pure joy? Take inspiration from the story of Peter Brydon, master chocolatier of Barlovento Chocolates. After 28 years in the printing business, he decided on a whim to become a chocolate maker! 

October 29, 2015

Tartelettes-Chausson aux Mûres (Blackberry Pocket Pies Recipe)

Amazingly, it's the end of October and blackberry season continues in northern California. Although they're not as sweet as in mid-summer. What to do? When life hands you somewhat tart berries, make berry-filled pocket pies! This recipe produces delicious homemade-style "pop tarts" or pocket pies, tartlelettes-chausson aux mûres in French.