Olive Oil Cake – really

22nd August, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Next week is the final few days of the Eat Local Challenge and it’s always good to end on a sweet note. Despite the fact that sugar is not produced anywhere near here, you can still make an amazingly tasty cake using local flour from Grass Valley Grains and olive oil from several local producers. […] Read More

A simple French dessert for summer

14th June, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

The first farmer’s markets of the season have begun and local, seasonal fruit is finally – finally! – starting make an appearance around here. I tend to eat most of my fruit raw and straight from my hand. My rational being that it’s about as good as it’s going to get, so why mess with […] Read More

A berry trifle for Spring

4th May, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

All cooks eventually learn that dessert is a magic trick. Take sugar, eggs, flour and assorted other ingredients, add heat and suddenly you have a wedding cake or donuts or cookies. One of the best desserts to pull out of a hat is a trifle. Trifle is an English dessert that has been around for […] Read More

Happy Birthday to somebody

23rd February, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Sometimes a birthday comes around that is so special, so noteworthy, that merely walking into the grocery store and placing an order with the bakery is not enough. My good friend Emeril Lagasse often refers to “food of love” – that is, anything that takes time and effort to make. For me, birthday cake falls […] Read More