Category Archives for Desserts

Carrot Cake & Soup, Anniversary Dinner at Izza

Last week I found a stockpile of carrots in the bottom left-hand drawer of my fridge. So, I set to work slicing and dicing, staining my cutting board, dulling my knife, tearing up my uncalloused little hands. Sike. I did … Continue reading

09. July 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, CSA, Desserts, Eating Locally, Olallie Cafe recipes, Soup, Vegetarian | 26 comments

Kumquat Upside-Down Cake

What do you do with two pounds of kumquats? Why you make a kumquat upside-down cake, Silly. What else would you do. No, seriously, what else would you do? I have been getting them every week in my CSA (which … Continue reading

03. June 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, CSA, Desserts, Eating Locally | 41 comments

Hearst Ranch Grass-fed Steaks, Oven-Roasted Potatoes & All-time Favorite Brownies

My mother is worried. This isn’t a new sentiment, I can assure you. Worry, I’m afraid, pervades her daily existence. She’s worried about the plastic wrap in this recipe and would like me to offer you all an alternative. One … Continue reading

26. April 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Eating Locally, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Meat, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 45 comments

Holiday Linzers: Too Pretty To Eat

Last Saturday morning, while warming up with a cup of coffee and some sweets in an adorable cafe in Boulder, my mother offered me her latest theory: “The prettier a cookie is,” she said, setting down a handsome palmier, making … Continue reading

22. December 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Desserts | 29 comments

Orange and Olive Oil Cake & Temecula Olive Oil Company

I hate to be Debbie Downer, but I must share some disheartening news with you about olive oil. The extra-virgin olive oil you find at your local supermarket very likely is not extra-virgin at all. It turns out that the … Continue reading

29. October 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Olallie Cafe recipes | 59 comments

Gateau Tiede Aux Poires Mas De Cure Bourse

Surely you’ve heard of Gateau Tiede Aux Poires Mas De Cure Bourse. No? The best translation I’ve found so far is this: Delectable Pear Custardy Caramel. Attention all crème brulée, tarte tatin and crème caramel lovers. Here is another recipe … Continue reading

17. October 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 37 comments

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

What do you get when you combine heavy cream, half and half, egg yolks, sugar, fresh mint and dark chocolate? Absolute, pure, utter and complete deliciousness. I don’t know what else to say about this mint chocolate chip ice cream … Continue reading

03. October 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Desserts | 32 comments

Peach Blueberry Cake

This recipe has so much potential. And I so badly want to rave about it. I mean, I have been snacking on it morning and night for the past two days. But something, I must confess, is not quite right. … Continue reading

18. September 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 23 comments

One Peach, One Tart, A Favorite Recipe, Simplified

As the title suggests, the tart featured in this post is based on a longtime favorite recipe printed in Fine Cooking several years ago. The original recipe calls for making a frangipane — an almond-based filling — to spread in … Continue reading

05. September 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Olallie Cafe recipes | 28 comments

Buttermilk Panna Cotta: Simplest Dessert Ever

This dessert takes five minutes to make. Ten minutes tops. And it’s a great way to use up leftover buttermilk. For example, I opened the fridge a few days ago and spotted a carton of buttermilk dated August 13. It … Continue reading

23. August 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Desserts, Olallie Cafe recipes | 17 comments

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