I fell in love with these tiny golden tea cakes the first time I visited Fauchon, many years ago, and had my first delicious, freshly-baked madeleine from their pastry case.
Growing up, we had a bed full of strawberry plants that stretched along the entire Western side of our house. It was one of my chores to make sure to keep them watered, and to pick them. And when we had far more strawberries that were ripe than we could eat in the next day or two, we’d make jam.
As an adult, I discovered the joyful combination of strawberries and rhubarb, and I was hooked. The rhubarb is a nice way to keep the strawberries’ sweetness from becoming overpowering. Every summer, I’d make a strawberry and rhubarb pie or two during peak season….
I’m going to Outside Lands this year, and I have to admit, I was a little concerned about how much there would be for me to eat, as a gluten-intolerant attendee. Was I going to need to bring in a backpack full of gluten-free breakfast bars to make it through the day? Turns out I should have had more faith in my city, San Francisco, and our gluten-free food friendliness….
With the blueberries in abundance at my local farmers’ markets, despite the typical grey and chilly San Francisco Summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time for baking blueberry scones. I like mine unsweetened and unadorned, like this one above, showcasing how the blueberries explode in a burst of deliciousness….
Earlier this year, when my friend Rachel told me about the 100 Hours Project, where you use these beautiful cards as an offline way to hold yourself accountable for spending more time doing something you love, it was a no-brainer to choose baking. If I’m not in the kitchen baking cookies, I’m talking about them on twitter, or pinning them on Pinterest, or thinking about what I’m going to bake next. I learned how to bake from watching my grandma and mom in the kitchen, and put on the apron solo while I was in high school, perfecting cream puffs and taking over the annual holiday cookie-baking extravaganza….