Chez Panisse Almond Torte (High Altitude)

Chez Panisse Almond Torte – High Altitude

March 26, 2016

As much as I love to bake, I have only a handful of dessert recipes that I rely on time and time again. I’m usually more interested in trying new recipes or experimenting with elaborate concoctions that, while fun to play with, aren’t always the most practical to whip out for an unexpected visitor or last-minute craving.

So I was much intrigued and hopeful when I ran across this classic, simple Chez Panisse Almond Torte recipe featured on Alexandra’s Kitchen. Made with pantry staples and fresh items you almost always have on hand, it was the perfect recipe – images of tender, buttery, almond-scented cake, hot out of the oven at a moment’s notice enthralled me, and I ran to the kitchen to whip up this easy masterpiece.

And it was a huge disaster.

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Irish Stew Sandwich With Corned Beef, Guinness Caramelized Onions And Soda Bread

Irish Stew Sandwich With Corned Beef, Guinness Caramelized Onions And Soda Bread

March 17, 2016

When cooking a brisket in a household of only two people, the problem is you have meat for days. DAYS.

The initial meal can get you through at least a couple of nights. For the inaugural meal, I slow-braised the weighty side of beef in a pool of beef stock (with a healthy splash of Guinness) along with bobbing bits of onion, potato, multicolor carrots and pickling spices – classic pot roast style elevated by the substitution of savory, salty pink corned beef, you can feast on that for at least a day or two.

And then, the sandwiches begin.

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Turmeric Tea Spice Muffins

turmeric tea spice pumpkin muffins

October 16, 2015

This might be the most perfect fall muffin of all time.

I love me some pumpkin spice as much as anyone, and fully gorge myself on the flavor of the season as soon as the air turns chill. But real-talk time: after a few weeks of spice sensory overload, the universally adored flavor gets a little… tired? Or at least repetitive. Not bad, mind you – put the pitchforks down! Just, too much of a good thing and all. Makes me ready to experiment with something new.

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Tutorial: DIY Parchment Muffin Liners

DIY Parchment Muffin Liners

October 15, 2015

Though I find the classic pastel pink, blue and yellow muffin tin liners to be perfectly adorable, its incredibly easy to make your own fancy-pants bakery-style parchment liners.

After whipping up a batch of autumn-inspired Turmeric Tea Spice Pumpkin Muffins, I knew ordinary just wouldnt do for these fragrant, tender beauties. This batch needed to be celebrated. Like, what would a muffin wear if it was accepting an award for being the best muffin ever? A timeless LBD is never a bad choice, but now is the time to shine in a dishy Prada, right?

I mean, if I was a couture-inclined muffin.

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Modern Cake Decorating

August 22, 2015

Or, as I like to call it, Semi-Nude Be-Sprinkled White Space Number Cake.

Normally, I don’t go too far beyond a whip of frosting when it comes to decorating cakes, but this year is my tenth anniversary with Jason. This cake had to be special.

Pretty sure the 10 year gift is cake, right? Like one year it’s bronze, one year it’s paper…and in year ten it’s cake.

Almost positive.

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