Cacao Nib Shortbread

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“Cold weather days made of warm weather wishes a cake baked with ice cream rich and delicious a sky lit with lavender clouds full of promise a chance to be someone both open and honest.” – Dallas Clayton RECIPE: 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 1/2 […]

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7th Times a Charm Granola

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In less than five days, I will be officially graduating from pastry school. It’s bittersweet, but I have a strong feeling that this is only the beginning. There were good days and bad days, boil overs, fires, flops and also some pretty magnificent pastries. This recipe for granola is a reminder that persistence is key. […]

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Greek Yogurt with Citrus and Chia Seeds

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One of the most valuable things I’ve learned interning at Chez Panisse is the value of cooking with the best seasonal produce. Alice Waters’ favorite thing on the Chez Panisse dessert menu is a bowl of fruit. That’s it, just a bowl of the best, most beautiful organic fruit. Right now we’re serving tiny orange […]

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Texas Sheet Cake

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Chocolate cake, eaten with a fork, straight out of the pan, makes me happy. I don’t know much, but I do know that! There are times in life (and in baking) when it is well worth it to put in effort and push yourself and there are times when you just want to throw something together […]

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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So, I’m moving this week. I’m excited! I’m nervous. I’m all mixed up about it because everything is changing in a big way and I’m not sure if I’m ready. I feel like I’m being pulled in two opposite directions. There are things/people/places here that I’m not ready to give up and there are others […]

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Strawberry Tart

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac  RECIPE: (adapted from Dessert First Girl and Ina Garten) Crust: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup sugar 3/4 tsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp salt 1 cup all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and […]

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Cinnamon Toast

Here’s to jumping in the pool on the count of three and playing video games and getting pushed on the swings. Here’s to eating hamburgers and fries for dinner every night and singing in the car and walking on the beach. Here’s to making cinnamon toast and eating it on the floor of a tiny […]

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Honey Lavender Cookies

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Lavender makes me think of my mom. She has always been a source of calmness in my life. A few months ago she gave my a little bottle of lavender oil to carry around so I could put a little on anytime I’m feeling anxious. Scent is also a good way to plant yourself in reality […]

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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“These are the kind of dreams that show you you’re not doing so well, that you haven’t accepted what you thought you’d accepted, that you’re a mess, lying there like you’ve been hit by a bus, your heart and mind standing over you tutting and trying to figure out what even happened, never mind fixing […]

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New Year (Chocolate Chip Scones Again)

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In every moment we our faced with choices. And with those choices come the the ability to change. To be a little kinder. To live a little lighter despite the fear that lightness will cause us to drift away all together. To love a little more. Selflessly. Without the expectation of getting anything in return […]

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