May 15, 2015

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in San Francisco!

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (May 15th), I have decided to spotlight my favorite chocolate chip cookies in San Francisco. Anthony's Cookies in the Mission District makes wonderful cookies that truly taste homemade. That's because the cookies are baked fresh every day from the finest local organic ingredients. 

May 9, 2015

Blueberry Coffee Cake with Streusel {Step by Step Recipe}

When it comes to getting a gift for Mother's Day, most presents are so insufficient! How do you thank your mom for bringing you into the world and the 18 or more years of 24/7 care-taking? A prepackaged floral bouquet isn't enough and perfume or chocolates aren't right either. The solution: Create your own gift. Homemade baked goods have that extra element of thoughtfulness, because you've taken the time to make it yourself from scratch.

This recipe for blueberry coffee cake is perfect for Mother's Day brunch or breakfast in bed. The moist, dense cake is packed with blueberries and layered with crunchy cinnamon-flavored walnut streusel. The top layer of streusel gets especially crispy. So yummy!

April 30, 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! 

April 10, 2015

Passover Hazelnut Cake {Joyce Goldstein Recipe}

I first sampled this hazelnut cake several years ago at Perbacco Restaurant's Passover Dinner. Joyce Goldstein worked with Chef Staffan Terje of Perbacco to create a menu based on recipes from her Cucina Ebraica cookbook. I remember enjoying the entire meal (Joyce Goldstein is such a fabulous chef), but I especially loved this cake... so much that I've since made it myself many times.