The Little Epicurean

Oct 15 2011

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

In Southern California, weather is not the best indicator of the seasons.  Its mid-October and temperatures are still well above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  Forget about hot chocolate and warm bread pudding.  I’m still sipping on iced tea and wearing tank tops and shorts. Rather than look for falling leaves to tell me its autumn, I

Oct 11 2011

Gouda Walnut Bread

Bread is universal.  Every country and culture has some sort of bread in their diet.  Whether it be baked, fried, or steamed, bread exists everywhere.  Just think, Greek pita, Middle Eastern lavash, Italian focaccia, Chinese steamed buns, etc. Even within the United States there are a great variety of breads.  California, specifically San Francisco, for

Oct 05 2011

S’more Cupcakes

I wish time machines existed and time travel was a reality.  I’d love to go back to the Age of Reason, the Industrial Revolution,  and my favorites– the Renaissance and Baroque period. For now, I’ll just have to settle for food to take me back in time.  Food is a vehicle for keeping memories alive,

Sep 29 2011

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Happy belated birthday, Z! I first met Z in seventh grade math.  We were assigned to sit next to each other.  Thank goodness for alphabetical seating, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have met one of my best friends. Its a mystery how we’ve remained friends for so long.  It seems like the more we learn about

Sep 23 2011

Baked Mini Donuts

Happy Friday!  Its been a long week and I want, need, deserve donuts. I haven’t been able to leave my house much this week.  I adopted a little puppy last Sunday.  This is ground breaking news for anyone that knows me.  I’m such a neat freak.  I like things very clean, orderly, and organized.  I