I had brunch at Farmer Brown Restaurant in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. As you can see, it was very yummy. I look forward to going back again soon.
This was my first cake of 2010. The cold oven pound cake gets its name because you do not preheat the oven as you normally would for most cakes. You combine our ingredients, poured them into a tube pan, place it in the oven, set the oven to 325 degrees, and bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes. It turned out well but next time I will use room temperature eggs so the cake will rise better.
Just in time for the holidays. This recipe is really simple to prepare and the taste takes you back to your elementary school lunchroom.
Butter Cookies (the yummy lunchroom kind!!!)
2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup of plain flour
Cream butter and sugar together. Add flour a little a time. Form dough into small balls and flatten with a fork or by hand. Bake at 325Âº until lightly brown…. About 15-20 minutes. Recipe provided by my baking buddy, Billy.
We recognize today as World AIDS Day, a day of remembrance those who have lost their lives to this devastating disease. It is equally important to celebrate those who live each day with HIV/AIDS and continue to show them our love. Together, we can make a difference.
It has been awhile since I have written anything here. Work has been busy. Photography has been busy. Music has been busy. Fall is here and soon it will be time to start holiday baking!!!! Where did this year go? Anyway, hope you are doing well. I will soon be trying the peach cobbler recipe that pastry chef David Benton gave me soon. Stay tuned.
Oh yeah, I got new eyeglasses. I was way overdue. The frames are made by ProDesign Denmark. I really like their frames.
Baking is one of my passions. I can make some desserts really well but my peach cobbler has never quite been to my liking. My dad made a much better cobbler. I think I first tried to make a peach cobbler when I was about 13 years old and try again every few years but have not mastered it yet.
I contacted my friend, pastry chef David Benton, to teach me how to make a really good peach cobbler. It turned out amazing and it was much less difficult than I expected. Everyone has a take on how to make peach cobbler but David made it look simple. I look forward to making a peach cobbler on my own very soon. I will definitely take photos when I do.
Please check out David’s baking at www.sugarsweetsf.com. Your taste buds will thank you!
I have lived in the Bay Area for 11 years but this was my first time visting Lake Temescal. It had been on my “must see” list for a couple of years. I noticed the sign for the beach house as I was recently sitting in traffic on Highway 24. I went to see Lake Temescal the next day. It is beautiful and definitely a place to visit.
The Half Hearted Valentine Cookies have become my most popular cookie outside of the Christmas holiday season. It has been a few year since I have made them and I learn something new each time. For this batch, I made cookies a little thicker. The thinner cookies brown on top too quickly. Enjoy!
Half Hearted Valentine Cookies
After 10 years of work and millions of dollars in renovations, the Fox Theatre in downtown Oakland reopened on 2/5. In addition to being a music venue, the Fox Theatre is home to the Oakland School for the Arts.
I did not attend the opening gala last week, but you can click here to see photos from opening night.
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