Archive for the ‘Dessert’ Category

While in Portland, I got the chance to experiment with my friends’ outdoor pizza oven. We took advantage of the season and played with flambéing different fresh fruits. For the Pineapple Flambé I added star anise and vanilla to help develop a more complex flavor. With flambéing fruit, you light alcohol on fire to add to the cooking […]


I occasionally take part in cooking contests at a wonderful bookstore in my neighborhood that sells only cookbooks, Omnivore Books. When they announced their latest challenge, a pudding contest, I was eager to develop my entry. I started with prototyping the pudding base, aided by tastes and feedback from my friends and colleagues at the d.school. […]


In preparation for an Oscars Party hosted by a lactose-intolerant friend, I have developed a recipe for nearly vegan chocolate eclairs. The dough for these fairly fancy pastries is surprisingly easy to make. The dough contains eggs. The filling has a silken tofu base and the ganache is made with almond milk. Nearly Vegan Chocolate […]


Bourbon is a great ingredient for autumn — it pairs well with seasonal ingredients like pumpkins and apples. It is great to sip on cool evenings; its warm caramel notes are a perfect counter to the first crispness of fall. This version of applesauce is more like a rich dessert than a breakfast side or […]


As the leaves fall from the trees, I start to think about apple cider and pumpkin pie. But, I wasn’t quite ready to give up summer. So, I developed this recipe for pumpkin milkshakes. The bourbon adds a grown-up complexity and the dates give the milkshake body. Vegan Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshake Ingredients: 1/2 15 ounce […]


I was inspired by the beautiful bounty of stone fruit that Northern California yields during the summertime. So, I developed two recipes for peach pie, one with the more experimental basil, and one with an old favorite, ginger.


peach basil pie

22Jul12

As a thank you for some friends who helped us out in a pinch, I wanted to make a pie. Because of the season, I decided to make it a peach pie. I wanted to experiment with a peach basil pie because I know the combination goes well in salads and other savory dishes. It […]