A Baker’s Passport-January 2019

This blog celebrates desserts and what fun it is to write about them. Somehow, the adventure of discovering sweet and savory baking classics in their homelands has become the story of my life and now, a book: A Baker's Passport: Recipes for Breads, Savory Pies, Vegetarian Dishes, Tarts, Cakes, and Cookie Classics. A Baker's Passport is available for ...

Strawberry Season in Vienna

Almost speechless about this Strawberry Mousse in a chocolate-dipped cookie cone at Landtmann's Patisserie in Vienna at the Cafe Museum. And yes, you are seeing lightly toasted almond slices on top.  Working (sleuthing) to get this recipe. The many strawberry desserts in Vienna may not enjoy the same fame as Sachertorte (see story below) but they do ...

Apple Pie & Tarte Tatin in Massachusetts

The Berkshires are woven into my life like pastry leaves.  At various times I've worked, schooled, gardened, baked, raised children, raked leaves, planted pumpkins and pondered life here. I've picked many, many apples in this hilly corner of New England. The old family farmhouse we bought 22 years ago has an orchard with 17 apple ...

City-State Market at USC

The University of Southern California's president, C. L. Max Nikias, recently addressed the rising cost of education.  His defense included the increased market demand that universities function like the city-states of ancient Athens and Rome with infrastructure, housing, dining, myriad services, ethics, technology, independence and, for us, round-the-clock coffee shops.  Oh yeah, and curriculum, too. ...

Farmers’ Marketing in Los Feliz

So early in the season to get the good stuff.  Yet, I feel the promise.  California farmers' markets are 3-4 months ahead of other regions in the USA.  So we forgive a few white-shouldered strawberries knowing that next week, and the week after that and the week after that...we are on planet strawberry.