The Most Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart

A long time fan of ispahan and admirer of French pastries, I had to take advantage of being in Paris a few months ago and try one of Pierre Hermé’s famous ispahan macarons! Here are a couple more fun snaps from our time in Paris.  Italy photos to come soon!  The Palace of Versailles was one of … Continue reading “The Most Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart”

Sweet Tart Crust (Pâte Sablée)

I failed at making a chocolate caramel pretzel tart a couple of months ago, and, while tasty, it might be the second ugliest thing I’ve ever made, just after those Apricot Pistachio Squares.  I had extra ingredients so I made minis of the tart (as shown below), and it’s not so noticeable. But once I took … Continue reading “Sweet Tart Crust (Pâte Sablée)”

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

In celebration of Shirley’s birthday last month, we decided to do a potluck/wine tasting. Shirley, Spencer, Leslie, Tri, Kevin, and I contributed wine from our favorite vineyards, and everyone brought something for dinner. I volunteered to do dessert, and an ice cream cake seemed like a great idea to cool us off in the midst of … Continue reading “Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake”

Pistachio Macarons

Leslie and I went through a serious macaron obsession in the early 2010’s (is that what you call that decade?).  I mean – a SERIOUS obsession.  I’ve had them from just about everywhere in LA, several places in New York, and even hot off a plane from Ladurée in Paris.  I took a couple of classes to learn how … Continue reading “Pistachio Macarons”

A Pumpkin Pie for Grandma Yaya

November was a really weird month. I turned 30. My grandma passed away, and the next day, I went to a funeral for another relative and then rushed over to a funeral home to help plan my grandmother’s funeral and pick out her casket – all in the same day. I got the flu for … Continue reading “A Pumpkin Pie for Grandma Yaya”