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peppermint cream puffs

If you don’t like candy canes, I don’t blame you. However, I think that their prevalence in the Christmas days has certainly conjured up a desire to have something “minty” this season. And while the lush in me would absolutely have posted a peppermint schnapps hot cocoa recipe, well, that’s not exciting or innovative. So, I figured I’d make one of my favorite cupcake bases and turn it into something beautifully holiday-esque. That way, you have a superb cake recipe, and then can get all festive if you want to do the full monty, like I did.

I was inspired to make the mini cakes a bit colorful after receiving a fresh pomegranate from my dad’s wife in Northern California. Apparently they had unearthed a little pomegranate plant (? don’t know how you do that, but it was hidden) and that’s amazing because pomegranates are not only delicious, but they’re also expensive so having those mysteriously show up is fabulous. The seeds are delicious and provide such a fantastic crunch when used in cakes. I’d never really seen it done but instead of using food coloring or artificial flavors to create a candy cane coloring I figured, let’s use what we have.

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beet parfait

parfait-in-front-of-lanternsIn French, the word “parfait” means perfect, and in both my adult life and childhood memories the name for this dish doesn’t seem too far off.

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Today was Mother’s Day in America, and it’s been a few years since I haven’t been able to celebrate that with my mother on this earth.  Each year gets easier, but of course, of course, the nostalgia slips in whether or not I want it to.  I didn’t even think I’d do a Mother’s Day post today, until my memories took me back to grocery shopping with my mom.

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tropical tangerine jam

When life gives you tangerines, well… I mean that’s not really so bitter as life giving you lemons, but when it’s this many tangerines, you’ve gotta do something with it!  So, you see, I’m now mother of a beautiful, ridiculously fertile tangerine tree in my backyard.  It’s boreth many fruit.

tangerines-in-bowltangerine-jam-platedAnd now I’m literally climbing in the tree every morning with an attempt to eat/do something with its really really sweet gifts and it’s just too much for me + my, like, 5 friends to eat raw.

OK, I have more than 5 friends, but we’re all super busy.  Apparently too busy to eat tangerines off of my tree every day.  So I wanted to find a way to preserve them, and this is a recipe I’ve been wanting to share with you guys for a long time now!  Back-to-my-days-in-France long time! Read more

homemade valentine’s day truffles

I don’t really want to talk too much during this post, as I think the photos do much speaking themselves.

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This Valentine’s Day, instead of buying expensive, really poor quality chocolates that will only upset your (Valentine’s?) stomach, why not make something from the heart that’s super healthy.  And sexy and delicious.

This is one of my favorite recipes I’ve had for a long time: Dark Chocolate Banana Truffles.  It’s pretty genius, actually, as the really soft filling takes no effort to make besides slicing a banana.  I think we all know how to do that.  And then there are 4 other ingredients.  Literally.

And it’s vegan, but you wouldn’t even know it!

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tiramisu verrines (w/ Joshua Tree Coffee Company)

My visits to Joshua Tree have been consistently magical (for lack of a more appropriate word) and this time around wasn’t at all an exception.

I made the venture out to the hi desert to do two things: 1) film a video for Bubble Child to showcase my favorite coffee in the world: Joshua Tree Coffee Company and 2) to play a little concert for my solo project I’m just releasing this year.  I could not have been more delighted with what came out of both music and coffee discoveries and my affection for this place went from large to Sequoia-sized.

tiramisu-no-cinnamonjoshua-tree-at-nightOn a rather chilly Monday afternoon, I packed up my tri-pods, cameras, and hunger for caffeine and trekked through dusty roads in the middle of cactus, coyotes, and little cabins to the main strip of Joshua Tree Village.  It’s a tiny village, really, just a few blocks of central “boutique stuff”, and it’s utterly charming.  There is where you will find the headquarters of Joshua Tree Coffee Company, a shockingly petite sort-of back office space to a building hosting a yoga studio, pizza parlor, and a few other shops.  I’m not good with square footage, but imagine you have a large living room, attach a tiny closet to that for storage, and a little alleyway to enter.  That’s Joshua Tree Coffee Company.  Sales desk and coffee roaster included.

And what they do out of there is so impressive.

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