Circus Pink & Gold Dessert Table, Baby Shower,

Luxe Circus: Pink & Gold Baby Shower Dessert Table

Continuing with our new “Entertaining” series, today I’m featuring this beauty of a baby shower. Put together by a lovely group of vendors in El Paso, Texas, this Luxe Circus is not to be missed. With a pink and gold baby shower theme, the dessert table is the particular star of the show. Photographer Elise Taylor breaks down the details: What a way to celebrate the impending arrival of a bouncing baby girl!  Glam meets three-ring-circus with all the shades of pink worthy of a little princess, accented with touches of gold in this exquisite design by Three Sisters Events. Who …

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Entertaining: Flirty 30 Birthday Party

As mentioned earlier this month, due to popular demand we have brought back our ‘Entertaining’ section. Every month we’ll highlight some of the best events designed by the most talented industry professionals from around the world. We’ve already resurrected an adorable children’s themed party, now it’s time to focus on the adults. Who said being 30 has to be dreadful? This styled shoot puts a spin on the thrill of celebrating ones age! Flirty 30 is not only the theme, but a mindset of the fabulous birthday girl. Surrounded by her girl squad she’s ready to take on the world. …

Rosé, Brut Rosé Ricotta Pie, Cheesecake

Brut Rosé Ricotta Pie

February has arrived. And with the first of the month, the countdown begins. How will you declare your undying love to your valentine? Will it be with roses? Will it be with chocolate? Or will it be with something infinitely more original? Say, a Brut Rosé Ricotta Pie? You’ve made the right choice, my friend. Something baked from the heart, for the heart’s desire, with an almost-full bottle of Brut Rosé to spare. It’s such a perfect scenario, that Cupid himself would shoot the hell out of it. But before we get started on the recipe, I have something I need …

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Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze

Tis the season for pie! And since I am personally obsessed with all things British, I am going to subject you to a traditional English recipe once again. But fear not, for as always I have added a unique twist to the classic recipe. Because who likes messing with a good thing? I do! With the help of MI-DEL Pie Crusts, I have created a scrumptious pie recipe to add to the holiday bake list: Mincemeat Almond Pie with Bourbon Glaze. Who wants a slice? For red-blooded Americans a pie with ‘meat’ in the title might sound a bit unappetizing. …

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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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Big Apple Cheesecake

Today we’re going to revisit one of our most popular recipe posts from back in September 2015, The Big Apple Cheesecake. Inspired by my former home of Manhattan, this is sure to tantalize your tastebuds. New York City epitomizes everything that is great about America… it’s vibrant, culturally diverse, and rooted in patriotism.  So, I couldn’t think of a better way to represent this great city than with a unique recipe that combines American Apple Pie and New York Style Cheesecake.  Baked in a hollowed-out apple, the ricotta cheesecake filling is unexpectedly enhanced by a sharp Fontinella flavor (reminiscent of the cheddar …

Aria, Jean Philippe Patisserie, Raspberry Tart

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 …