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Creamy Lychee Butter

I recently had the honor of making desserts for the release party of an extraordinary new line of teas. I was asked to create four different bite-sized desserts, incorporating a different tea into each batch. When I was given samples, … Continue reading

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Fresh Fig Torte: Frosted, Spiced, Divine

I have a friend who is so enamored with fresh figs, I’d even call it an obsession.  When we walked past a woman carrying a basket of figs recently, my friend talked about it for a week. “I wonder where … Continue reading

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Mango Meringue Pie with Coconut Macadamia Crust

I love this time of year at the market, when mountains of fragrant mangoes seem to surround me as I shop.  Mangoes lure me in with their promise of sweetness and a juicy, tropical taste.  When I thought about making … Continue reading

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Pistachio Blackberry Spiral Cookies

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner at a house some six doors down the street.  It turned out to be a lovely evening full of delicious food and great conversation.  We’ve long felt lucky to live … Continue reading

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Herbal Apricot Bars

When we got back from our trip a few weeks ago, I was quick to head to one of my favorite produce stores and pick up some colorful, ripe treats.  Having been gone for a week, our cupboards offered nothing … Continue reading

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From Market to Skillet: The Lure of Cherries

When I went to my local farmers market the other day, I fell into a familiar rapture.  Enjoying the late-day sun and the soft breeze from the bay, I strolled around soaking up the lively chatter, vivid colors, and the … Continue reading

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Strawberry Pie, With Spirit

There’s something magical about strawberry season.  It means that summer has arrived, bringing with it a bounty that’s as striking as it is scrumptious.  A strawberry can quench our thirst, satisfy a sweet tooth, and remind us that vibrant beauty … Continue reading

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