Barefoot in the Garden Cocktail

My absolute favorite cocktail in the world is a version of Barefoot in the Garden created for my wedding by Garnish Events. It’s so refreshing that you sip it like water (highly dangerous!). It uses St. Germain, an elderflower liquer which comes in the prettiest bottle. In the summer, we love having guests come up …

Tartine’s Lemon-y Tarts

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When Denise gives you lemons, make lemon tarts. My friend Denise, and often photographer-friend-in-crime has a Meyer lemon tree in her backyard. In addition to selling over 20 pounds of it to Bi-Rite (by the way, I think Bi-Rite is awesome for buying locally grown produce to make …

Dalloyau’s Baked Apple Tart

My favorite cafe in Paris is the swanky Dalloyau on Rue de Faubourg St. Honore. I particularly enjoyed going there after (window) shopping on the famed street and getting a facial at nearby Anne Semonin. My first visit to Dalloyau was back in 2002 and I’ve visited it every time I’ve returned to Paris. When …

Blue Bottle’s Double-Chocolate Cookies

My favorite cookie lately has been Blue Bottle’s Double-Chocolate Cookies. When my coworkers run out in the afternoon for their coffee fix, I find the temptation of this cookie irresistible. It’s kind of like a brownie, kind of like a cookie, and just a whole lot of chocolate. When Blue Bottle, the ever popular cafe …

French Macarons

These things are a pain to make. It usually takes me two days per batch and I had to start practicing months in advance before Teresa’s bridal shower. My first batch was bright neon blue. My second batch was burnt. The third batch didn’t rise and had no feet. Even after so many tries, I …

Apricot Tea Cakes

Having found a remote interest in desserts (making them…the eating them interest was always present), Teresa made some delicious Apricot Tea Cakes for our mom’s birthday dinner. Recipe from Tartelette: Apricot And Lavender Brown Butter Tea Cakes

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the weekend, our friend Drew visited all the way from Atlanta. Although he did not get any home-cooked meals or even a taste of San Francisco’s dining scene, and instead was subjected to fast food and on-the-mountain hot dogs and chili in Tahoe, we did have one homemade treat…chocolate chip cookies. I made this …

The Perfect Berry Tart

This weekend was one of my closest friend’s birthday (she was also my roommate) and she had a very fun and delicious birthday potluck. Since it was a vegetarian potluck, I took the easy way out and made my signature fruit tart. Many moons ago, this was my go-to dish and the ones my friends …

Pesto is a veggie

I’ve never liked vegetables, but if you mix it with enough cheese and oil, then it can be delicious…just look at pesto! Basil season is almost over, but while it lasts, I can buy bunches of basil bigger than my arm at the Alemany Farmer’s Market for $1 each. This weekend, I made a lot …