The recent hot, hot days have kicked off the ripening process for stone fruit trees here in the 650. The 75-year-old apricot tree in my backyard is heavy with pale-orange, blush-kissed fruit. Every morning for the past week, I've stood under that tree, looking up and pondering which small treasures to pick for the day. … Continue reading Grow Local: Got Stone Fruit?
It's been one of those weeks: delays, fixes, and do-overs. Nail in the tire of my car (amazingly, same time as last year's nail in the tire -- what's up with that?!). Clogged drain. Leaking shower. Browser that keeps screeching to a halt, forcing reboots. You get the idea: one step forward, two steps back. … Continue reading Hit the Road!
I was feeling a bit nostalgic for Easter treats this week and decided to pull something from the Gâteau et Ganache archives: passion fruit daisy marshmallows. For years I made a spring trio of fruit marshmallows -- strawberry, passion fruit, and lemon -- cut into daisy shapes and finished with a button of dark chocolate … Continue reading Marshmallows and Chocolate, Oh My!
A decade ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find macarons in the Bay Area, let alone in the 650. If you mentioned macarons to most people, they'd think you meant a macaroon -- the coconut cookie popular at Passover -- or that you were trying to be fancy when what you should have said was "French … Continue reading Have You Had Your Macaron Today?