The Little Epicurean

Mar 24 2012

Sophisticated Cherry Pop Tarts

Life was so easy when I was a little kid.  Life was scheduled and orderly.  School was made bearable with a handful of recess breaks and plenty of friends.  It was nice to always have your laundry washed, folded and even put away by your mother.  And breakfast was always sweet and delicious.  My mom

Mar 19 2012

Parmesan Shortbread with Caraway and Sea Salt

Parmesan Shortbread with Caraway and Sea Salt

I know its hard to believe.  Once in while, I actually do crave something salty and savory. This recipe is from Blue Bottle Coffee, one of my favorite coffee houses in San Francisco.  I am a big fan of Intelligentsia and I am madly addicted to the Angelino, but there is something really special about

Mar 16 2012

Green Velvet Donuts

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day I decided to whip up a quick batch of something green and festive. I read somewhere that originally the color blue was associated with Saint Patrick.  He used the three leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to non-believers.  Eventually over time, shamrocks and the color green became synonymous

Mar 12 2012

Choco-Hazelnut Banana Bread

Banana bread is just one of things that’s hard to say no to.  And when you mix in a chocolate bar, it doesn’t make it any easier to decline. I love yeast-free quick breads.  They are like best friends– always dependable, reliable and there to pick you up whenever you’re feeling down.  They mix and

Mar 11 2012

Tart Cherries and Toasted Almonds Scones

Next to breakfast, afternoon snack is my favorite time of day.  What baked good or pastry can fill both meals?  Scones! I don’t know why I don’t make scones more often.  They are so delicious.  Scones are such a breeze to make.  I can have a batch of scones ready for the oven in the