Category Archives: Desserts

The Weekend Morning Kitchen Lab

A simple adventure into soufflé.  Sounds like an oxymoron.  Simplicity in soufflé? Chef Robert Parks at the Oregon Culinary Institute posted a chocolate soufflé on the Food Network website that, in its simplicity, could encourage any cook to take the … Continue reading

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The Two-Hour Pastry Chef

If I could define a holiday meal in terms of dessert, my preferred ingredients would be chocolate and butter cream.  Perhaps, I’m not alone. So, we did the beautiful bird, the stuffing, the roasted veggies (a little extra carbon notwithstanding), … Continue reading

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The Fault Line of the Holiday Season

The holiday season feels a bit like dancing on a fault line, a high wire act, so to speak.  My intention is to 1. recognize and acknowledge how (or, let’s be honest, if) the season is to be celebrated, and 2. how (or, … Continue reading

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In True Artisan Ice Cream, There’s Only One

One highlight thus far of the Retail Confectioners International convention in Cincinnati was a walk through Graeter’s 143-year, 4-generation history by CEO Rich Graeter.  By any standard, it’s a remarkable story of a family owned and run business that created a niche, lives its … Continue reading

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How Do You Create? Give? Receive?

A picture really is worth 1000 words. My interest in cooking started many years ago with baking and confectionary, and it is still what I love most in the culinary world.  Standing in front of the beautiful Skirtz & Johnston … Continue reading

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What’s Your Unique Vision?

A single idea, thoroughly understood, well researched and creatively sold, is always an opportunity to push the boundaries of what we believe is possible.  It’s true in every field… in scientific discovery, in aerospace engineering, in food technologies. The beauty … Continue reading

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The Flip Side of Simplicity

Occasionally, I like to immerse myself in a single cooking event.  Event is the keyword. My interest in cooking was seeded 35+ years ago when I discovered European desserts… rich, labor-intensive, voluptuous buttercream tortes.  The results were spectacular if one … Continue reading

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