Hello and welcome!
Tell me more about the blog
On this website, I share from-scratch recipes (with a heavy focus on desserts and cocktails) and the occasional travel guide post. I have a crazy love for recipe development and I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. Ultimately, my passion lies with butter, sugar, and flour.
Through approachable recipes, I hope to share with you the joys of baking and home cooking. I believe you should always save room for a little something sweet! (Which is probably why I share so many dessert recipes.)
Tell me about yourself
My name is Maryanne and I am The Little Epicurean! How did I get my moniker? Standing at barely 5 feet tall (“little”) and devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of good food and comfort (“epicurean”), put them together and that’s my name.
Born and raised in Southern California, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband Alex and our two pups, Charlie and Taylor.
After graduating from UCLA, I took a massive detour and found myself in culinary school. I studied at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley and the French Pastry School in Chicago.
Tell me about your love of food
All my life, my friends have called me a “feeder.” I like to feed people, it’s the way I show others I care. I love you means nothing unless you back it up with a decadent chocolate cake. The same goes for apologies. Sorry is only genuine with a dozen donuts.
My idea of a perfect meal includes lots of noodles, dumplings, and rice. A typical Friday night means whiskey and popcorn. While I am lactose-intolerant, I love cheese and I am more than willing to endure any pain and bloating for a double scoop of vanilla ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone.
I love hearing from readers. Feel free to email or leave a comment on a post if you have any questions. You can also follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. I post on Instagram whenever I have new recipes and I update my Facebook page frequently.