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The Professional Cake Illusion

When most people find out that I am a former trial attorney, they have a lot of questions: Why did you quit? Are you a trained chef? How disappointed are your parents? How did you become a professional food stylist and recipe developer? I try to answer all of the questions honestly: I quit because I am a terrible liar and felt impaired by the profession’s toxic atmosphere.  No, I am not a traditionally trained chef or stylist. And as to my parents, ‘very’. The answer to the last question is a bit convoluted. My patent answer is: I am …

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Bourbon Bacon Scones

You are probably very familiar with scones. They’re sweet, delicious, and hail from Great Britain… what’s not to love? They are a morning staple that never fails to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Truly a perfected food. Or are they? I set out to challenge the traditional notion of the scone by making a savory, meat garnished version. The results were excellent. Now, I am absolutely not saying that they can rival the classically sweet treat, but they certainly are a delicious alternative when you want to shake things up. Plus I have added a bit of …

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The Anatomy of a Pastry

I normally balk and roll my eyes when people celebrate made-up holidays. But when I heard that World Baking Day was coming up on May 17th, I thought that holiday festivities would certainly be appropriate. Celebrating the most delicious, flaky, buttery concoction to have ever been dreamt up? Sounds like a legitimate holiday to me. And who better than a world-renowned pastry chef to help us kick off the celebration, right?! The amazing confections at Jean Philippe Patisserie at ARIA are simply stunning. Layered with the finest ingredients, Jean Phillippe’s sweet inventions are a sight to see. Lucky for you, the …

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Gettysburg – Food, Drinks, & History

Although I am not one to divest too much personal information on this site, today’s post does require a bit of backstory. So, here I go.  I am married to a (quite handsome) physician-scientist and his career comes with a lot of relocating and traveling. One might say, I am the medical version of an army brat. I have lived on both coasts, the Midwest, and now I am currently residing in the South. Although some might think this constant relocating can be hectic (which it certainly can), it does give me the opportunity to experience new and exciting places. …

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The Fantastical Paris Chez Sharon

Every week my email box is flooded with questions: How do I make cupcakes without a cupcake pan? Where did you find that tablecloth? Can you send me a piece of that cake you made last week? I try to answer all of these as honestly as I can, but sometimes I simply can’t reply to everyone… and no, I am not going to send you a piece of cake in the mail… plus, I already ate it all. Well, one of the most common questions I receive, is who are my favorite chefs to follow on Instagram. I have …

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Best January Recipes

Boozy Peach Lemonade With the close of January, it’s time for my monthly Pinterest round-up! For those of you not familiar with this series, I am (oddly enough) a pretty big in the Pinterest world. A few years ago, I received an email from a company I had never heard of… Pinterest. They were a start-up that was going to be launching a revolutionary website and they wanted to know if I would be a Beta-tester. Not one to turn down being on the forefront of revolution, I said “Hell yeah” and started my quick descent into pinning oblivion. By the …

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How to Make Edible Glitter

  Glitter is always fun, no matter where you use it – on cupcakes, in drinks, on donuts, you name it! Sure, you could run out to the store and buy sprinkles. But I know you’re more creative than that. So, before you head out look for something to jazz up your treats with, check out this glitter guide by Shari’s Berries on how to make some sparkle you can eat. We’ve teamed up with the company to bring you their easy-to-follow recipes below. So, I’m going to let Shari’s Berries take over as they spill the beans on one of their secrets to dessert success!   …