An Over-21 Take on One of Summer's Delights

An Over-21 Take on One of Summer's Delights
Every once in a while, I get an itch to make something in the kitchen aside from Marlos. I know, total shocker, right? Sometimes I use a recipe, sometimes I don't, but I always let the fresh products we can find here in Cali guide me towards the end product.To...

Workin' it...

Initially, my goals for the first half of 2013 didn't seem incredibly lofty or particularly impressive:1.) Get my finances in order. i.e. learn Quickbooks. i.e. Try to remember an eighth of what I learned in my Financial Accounting class from college... (only the phrase 'bad debts' initially came to mind)2.)...

Image is Everything!

I've been getting phenomenal feedback from all my taste testers, fans & customers throughout the last few months (thank you, merci, danke, grazie!!!).  The comments that I'm most proud of can be found on Raving Reviews, but the ones that have been most constructive are those that provide commentary on...

Why Bake Them Twice?

Why Bake Them Twice?
Traditional, Italian biscotti is what comes to most peoples' minds when they first think of a twice-baked cookie. This technique calls for the baker to shape the dough-y batter into loaves, bake them once & then slice them down and bake the product once again.  This second bake ensures that...

Sharing Marlo's with The World (...of The Bay Area)

Last week Vince and I had another marathon session of baking at Tante Marie's Cooking School in preparation for the Underground Market we would be a vendor at shortly thereafter. Starting earlier this time (an obscene 4:30am oven pre-heat)  led to grumpier bakers, stronger coffee as fuel & louder music...

4 Hours 30 Batches & 80 Pounds of Marlo's

Last Friday morning, my sous chef (i.e. my boyfriend, Vince) and I awoke at 4:30 a.m., dragged ourselves out of bed and rolled into Tante Marie's: the culinary school where I recently completed my pastry training. With 80 pounds of unbaked Marlos in tow, we came to take advantage of...

Giving Thanks to Grandmom

I know,  I know...I already mention her on the home page of this site (and on Facebook, and on Twitter...) but I just can't help it- my Grandmom is a pip (see def'n. #2)! She's warm & funny though & at 87 she's impressively still got snark and a bit...

I'm Smitten

I'm Smitten
Last weekend I went to a book signing. I'd never been to a book signing so I didn't know what to expect, though I can confidently say I didn't think the crowds would be comparable to the queues to vote (too soon?).But she was like a celebrity, and others lined...

Revelations in the Most Unlikely Places

I was in the nail salon last weekend (bakers like pedicures, too!) and I met the most interesting woman.  She travels all over the world for work and grew up living in several different countries abroad, as well. We talked about the idea of loving your job (seemingly unattainable for a...