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Foodie Friday: Didriks Dinner Series

The lovely Alexandra Boeri from Didriks just sent over the official photos from last Saturday night’s dinner put on by Didriks at Austin Architects in Cambridge. These images are a lot more clear and well composed than the Instagram photos I posted yesterday. Enjoy the gorgeousness of the flowers by Laura Jean Floral & Design, decor by Nicole Rueda-Watts of Observatory, and table settings and food by Taryn Collins for Didriks.

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Roasted Tomato and Cipollini Onion Crostini with Ricotta
Preserved Lemon Hummus

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Shaved Fennel and Grapefruit

 

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Seared Scallops over Saffron Risotto with Asparagus

 

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Upside-Down Blood Orange Cake

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Laura Jean

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Nicole Rueda-Watts

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Photography by  Nathan Brescia

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Foodie Friday: 20 Valentine’s Day Desserts (Recipes Included)

I haven’t posted a Foodie Friday since “Breakfast Sweets” on New Year’s Day. Valentine’s Day is another perfect occasion (manufactured excuse) to indulge. Baking pink cupcakes for your princess, Champagne popsicles for your besties, rose macarons for your mom, or heart-shaped Hostess-style cupcakes for your guy. All the sugary beauties here click through to recipes. If you try one, let me know how it goes. And if you have extra, feel free to share. I love dessert.

Before you go, I was thinking, inspired by Wayne Thiebaud, and the dessert artwork of Joel Penkman, which I discussed last month, it could be interesting to have images of cookies, candies, or other sweets, really large scale, in a kitchen or playroom, or crazy big (like covering an entire wall) in an eatery.  It would be fun to bake a beautiful cake, take some shots, and have a company digitally print photographs onto canvas. Double dose of DIY anyone?

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Vanilla Heart Cupcakes  ♥  Sky Blue’s Kitchen

Valentine's Day Desserts Recipes Included

Champagne & Raspberry Popsicles  ♥  Princess Misia

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Raspberry Shortbread Cookies  ♥  The Glitter Guide

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Chocolate Fondant Blossoms Cake  ♥  Sabrina Sue

Valentine's Day Desserts Recipes Included

Blondie Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream  ♥  Call Me Cupcake

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Five Layer Celebration Cake  ♥  Lemon Sugar

Valentine's Day Desserts Recipes Included

Misty Minty Peppermint Patties  ♥  Sweetapolita

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Cream-Filled Strawberry Heart Cookies  ♥  Thirty Handmade Days

Valentine's Day Desserts Recipes Included

Pink Cake with Peonies   ♥   One Fab Day

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Dark Chocolate Cake Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze  ♥  Lakyn + Judah

Valentine's Day Desserts Recipes Included

Pretty in Pink Macarons  ♥  Mess Makes Food

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White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries  ♥  Baked Bree

Valentine's Day Desserts Recipes Included

Strawberry Layer Cake  ♥  Ascension Kitchen

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No Bake Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake  ♥  My Baking Addiction

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Valentine’s Jello Hearts  ♥  The Hungry Housewife

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Mini Strawberry Galettes  ♥  Call Me Cupcake

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Lavender Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Bean Frosting  ♥  Cooking Classy

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Pink Champagne Cookies  ♥  Girl Versus Dough

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Rose Cake  ♥  Objective Cupcake

Valentine's Day Desserts In Heart Shapes

Heart-Shaped Homemade Hostess Cupcakes  ♥   Worth Pinning

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Foodie Friday: Breakfast Sweets

Hi and happy New Year. I know it’s not Friday, but it seems like the perfect lazy day to feature delicious (and maddeningly caloric) breakfast sweets, like Belgian waffles and chocolate brioche. Pour yourself (another) glass of Champagne, add some OJ or peach nectar (my favorite) and whip up something luscious for breakfast. (The recipes are all there, just click.) Then, go back to bed with a book. That’s what I’m going to do.

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Orange Cinnamon Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge

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 Strawberry Brioche

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Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

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Quinoa Pancakes With Blueberry Maple Syrup

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Butterscotch Spiral Coffee Cake

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Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

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Pumpkin Fudge Brownie Pancakes with Chocolate Kahlua Sauce

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Chocolate Brioche

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Sticky Buns

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Cranberry Apple Compote + Honey Yogurt Parfait

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Foodie Friday: 17 Exquisite Desserts

I was perusing my cookbooks and Pinterest this morning for an apple crisp recipe. Oddly, it was elusive. I had meant to bake an apple pie, but the premade crust I bought (you didn’t actually think I was planning on spending the time to do a paté brisée did you?) was frozen, and had needed to defrost overnight. So, apple crisp it is. I don’t actually eat the crust anyway; I’m all about the filling.

Generally I tend to be distracted by anything chocolate, but since it’s Thanksgiving, and since I made a devil’s food birthday cake with marshmallowy frosting from Dorie Greenspan‘s Baking just a few days ago, I was able to stick to the fruity course.

Here are some desserts that caught my eye from my Desserts Pinterest board today. Most of the links click through to the recipes, if you’re so inclined. Maybe you just want to look; fewer calories. Happy Thanksgiving!

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No Bake Oreo Cookies 

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Caramel Creme Cinnamon Puffles

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Apple Pecan Cronuts

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Blueberry Crostata

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Carrot Cake 

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Dark Chocolate Rose Truffles 

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Dreidel Cake Pop

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Chocolate Layer Cake

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Homemade Milano Cookies

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Wintry Powdered Donuts

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Raspberry Tiramisu

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Strawberry Brioche

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Vanilla Cheesecake with Salted Caramel

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Popcorn Pudding

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Homemade Caramels

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Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

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Foodie Friday Apple Picking at Smolak Farms

Two Saturdays ago, for my first fall weekend back in the city, I went apple picking at Smolak Farms in North Andover, Mass. It was a spectacular day. My son and I drove up to the North Shore to meet the always lovely publicist Nicole Kanner, who invited a handful of bloggers and writers to visit. Michael Smolak, whose grandparents bought the farm years ago, gave us a brief overview of the property, and sent us on our way. We picked two bags of lots of different apples, and two cartons of raspberries. I also carried off a few plums, my son fed the ducks, and we admired the burgeoning pumpkins.

In 1982 the Smolak Family preserved 107 of the 160 acres in cooperation with the State of Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program; the land will never be developed.  For the past 35 plus years, Michael Smolak has overseen the development of the farm from a dairy farm to a multi-faceted property. There are many different crops that the public can come to pick: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, heirloom tomoatoes, peaches, apples, pumpkins, winter and ornamental squash, and Christmas trees. In addition to the regular apple orchards, there’s an separate orchard with 20 different varieties of antique apples.

There were numerous birthday parties happening, and a wedding scheduled for that evening. Hayrides, of course, a whole bunch of animals, a playground, a pond, and a farmstand, bakery, and ice cream stand. The apple cider and donuts were yummy. And, of course the fruit was too! Here are the photos I took that afternoon. If you’re around in the fall, I highly recommend a visit.

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Michael Smolak of Smolak Farms

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Foodie Friday: What I Ate (and Drank) This Summer

Over the course of the summer I’ve snapped more than a few dishes (mine and dining companions’) at dinner. While this is by no means representative how I eat every day (my kids will tell you I exist on Greek yogurt, tea, and chocolate), I have had some lovely meals. And even prepared a few too. Some are picturesque enough to share. For more of my life in food, flowers, the beach, kids, and the cat (sorry, I can’t resist), follow StyleCarrot on Instagram

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Tuna tartare with watermelon, Winslow’s Tavern

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Pear, apple, hazelnuts, & gorgonzola with mesclun greens
Winslow’s Tavern

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Homemade sangria

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Cucumber and whitefish hors d’ouevres
at Castle Hill Center for the Arts

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Mango margarita, The Juice

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Chocolate desserts
at Castle Hill Center for the Arts

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Greek pizza, The Juice

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Risotto with pancetta & spring peas topped with a fried egg
Ross’ Grill

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Grilled filet mignon with baby carrots & haricots verts
Ross’ Grill

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Lemon fennel and cucumber salad, Crush Pad

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Risotto cakes with tapenade, Crush Pad

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Niman Ranch burger with gorgonzola, Crush Pad

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Oysters at Castle Hill Center for the Arts

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Homemade green salad with local greens

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Mango margarita, The Juice

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 Homemade taco salad

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Caesar salad topped with edible flowers, Winslow’s Tavern

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Ultimate margarita, Winslow’s Tavern

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Winslow’s Tavern

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Foodie Friday: 20 Cafe and Restaurant Interiors

I raided my Eatery Pinterest board today for examples of well-designed café and restaurant interiors around the globe. Most have that distinctly Brooklyn-esque industrial meets rustic look. I also love the interiors with pale wood and pastels too. If you like looking at restaurant and cafe interiors I am happy to pull together some more. In the meantime, I often take interior restaurant photos on my Instagram account.

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Bar & Co. in Helsinki, Finland – Design by Joanna Laajisto

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Tiger Sushi in Espoo, Finland – Design by Joanna Laajisto
Photo by Milko Ryhänen

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Chocolate Bar in Opole, Poland
Design by bro.Kat

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Circolo in New York City

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Clouds In My Coffee in Ghent, Belgium
Maurice Mentjens Design

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Avido in Sydney, Australia

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D’Espresso in New York City
Design by  nemaworkshop

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David’s Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia

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Into the Woods museum cafeteria in Barcelona, Spain
Design by Estudio Nômada  |  Photo by Héctor Santos-Díez

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Kook Osteria in Rome, Italy
Design by Noses Architects

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Hams & Bacon in Melbourne, Australia
Figure Ground Architecture  |  Photo by Sean Fennessy

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Mikkeller & Friends in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Muy Mio in Barcelona, Spain – Design by Int Sight

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Le Mary Celeste in the Marais, Paris
Photo by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista

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Restaurant Höst Kopenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark
Design by Menu and Norm Architects
Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

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Restaurant & Bar Nazdrowje in Stockholm, Sweden
Design by Richard Lindvall -

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The Grounds in Alexandria, Australia
Design by Caroline Choker

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Ozone at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong
Design by Wonderwall

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Vandaag in New York City -  Resistance Design

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Alemagou on Mykonos in Greece
Photo by Danielle de Lange for The Style Files

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Foodie Friday: Cape Cod Food Truck Crush Pad

When we were hanging at the bar at Blackfish restaurant in Truro last weekend (a common occurence in summer), co-owner Eric Jansen told us about his newest venture, Crush Pad, a gourmet food truck on Cape Cod, parked at the Truro Vineyards. The dishes are delicious (I’ve been to Crush Pad three times already) and the setting is totally lovely, very park like, with circular picnic tables and Adirondack chairs under big, old trees. The food truck is quite large, with plenty of ovens, burners, and prep space inside, which is good because I suspect they’ll soon be drawing a crowd. In addition to the dishes from the food truck, you can get wine by the glass a few steps away; Truro Vineyards recently got a license to sell individual glasses of wine.

The food truck menu changes daily, though you can get the Niman Ranch burger with goat cheddar or Berkshire bleu cheese and the Kobe beef hot dog anytime (both really yummy; Eric also co-owns Local 186 (check out my blog post from last summer), an upscale burger joint in Ptown). We had the onion strings the first time (never bad), along with tuna sliders with sweet Asian garlic sauce which was totally amazing. The local greens and tomatoes are fresh, as was the cucumber fennel salad. Other items on the menu when we went included fried cauliflower with capers, lemon, and Parmesan, lobster bisque, lobster roll on a brioche, prosciutto soppressata and fresh mozzarella on rustic Italian bread, Arancini (deep-fried risotto balls) with English peas, and eggplant and white bean spread with capers, pine nuts, and raisins. Not bad for a restaurant on wheels.

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Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

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Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

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Crush Pad Food Truck Menu Truro

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Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

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Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

 

Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

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Cape Cod Food Truck Winery

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Foodie Friday: Chocolate Brunch at The Langham

One of my favorite yearly traditions is gorging myself on the chocolate deliciousness that is the Chocolate Bar at Café Fleuri at The Langham Hotel  in Boston. The outrageousness runs Saturdays, September through June, which means you have just three more weekends to indulge. (For Father’s Day, perhaps?) These images are from the most recent display, which I (over)sampled this past September. I also blogged about the experiences (the theme and menu change each year) in 2009 and 2010.

This is the 24th year of the all-you-can-eat extravaganza, with more than 120 chocolate combinations. The spread features stations with varying levels of chocolate intensity and flavors – from white to dark and plenty in between. There’s a never-ending supply of cupcakes, truffles, brulées,  bread pudding, crepes, whoopee pies, all created by Executive Pastry Chef Jed Hackney. There are also rotating items withseasonal ingredients, such as September’s lemon madeline with ivoire cremeax and strawberries, and a caramelized white chocolate torte with banana and sesame. There are nut-free options, and even some vegan ones.

There’s even alcohol. A chocolate cocktail menu features cocoa-infused martinis like the “Chocolate Decadence” with raspberry vodka, dark chocolate Godiva liqueur, and Frangelico, and there’s the “White Coco” with vanilla vodka, dark chocolate Godiva and white crème de cacao with cream. My favorite station, year after year, are the made-to-order crepes. Sinful.


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Fleur de sel caramel with dark chocolate cremeax

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Orange marmalade varrine

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Manjari mousse with creme fraiche and Espelette pepper

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Bitter chocolate and cinnamon custard varrine

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French almond macaron with dark chocolate buttercream

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Izzy, my friend’s daughter, basically in heaven

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Peanut brittle

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Whoopie pies

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Vegan blueberry cobbler

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Ice cream sundae bar toppings

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Sundae sauces

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White chocolate peanut butter bombe

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Mint and white chocolate mousse torte

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Lemon crunch satine with white chocolate

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Le creperie

 

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Foodie Friday: Flour, Too by Joanne Chang

Pastry chef and Flour Bakery owner Joanne Chang just debuted her second cookbook, Flour, Too. This time around Chang includes recipes for the cafe’s most popular sweets and savories. I went to the book launch party at Flour’s newest outpost (in my neighborhood!) and sampled all the goodies. Here are my Instagram photos. Now I need to try out the recipes in my own kitchen. I’m hosting a 6th grade graduation brunch for 25 this Sunday, so it’s perfect timing. The problem will be which to choose . . .

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