Holiday Desserts in Pictures

 In December, much of the world sees things the way I do. Artistic cakes, cookies, snow globes, chocolates, and vividly wrapped confections fill shop windows, screens, and billboards.  They are everywhere. For over 17 years, I have explored the pastry arts, sometimes as a chef and sometimes as a gypsy traveler hoping to capture in pictures the artistry that brings so much joy to so many. For Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice and all assorted festivals of light and beauty, I share my photo tribute to the pageantry of pastry arts.


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   Hotel Sacher Lobby in Vienna

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Happy Chocolates (Susie’s Chocolate Line); Photo by Gina Sabatella

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Life size Gingerbread House at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

I live this way all year long!  Thank you for being a part of my culinary travel blogging.  Happy Holidays to all.

Chocolate Taffy from Hand-crafted Candy Bars:

An easy recipe to make decorations like chocolate roses or forest animals from our book (Chroncile, 2013; Susan Heeger & Susie Norris).  It’s texture is like Play-Doh and, unlike Play-Doh, tastes delicious.

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Recipe from Hand-crafted Candy Bars

And here’s a video on how to make chocolate roses with chocolate (or white chocolate) taffy. Detailed recipes available in Hand-crafted Candy Bars and Chocolate Bliss:


Hotel Sacher in Vienna

Chronicle Books in San Francisco

Penguin/Random House/Celestial Arts Books in New York

Chocolate Bliss Book


Joseph de Leo, Jennifer Martine, Gina SabatellaSusie Norris,  Rikki Snyder among others – thanks!

Special Thanks to:

 Jacques Torres – an artisan chocolate & gift factory in NYC

Nashville Wraps

Milk and Eggs for farmers’ market ingredients delivered to your door

From the Food Market Gypsy Archives:

Drum Beat to Budapest

Sachertorte mit globalism in Vienna

Beckoned By Black Forest Cake in Berlin

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