Blueberry Plum Crisp with Lavender Crème Anglaise

Blueberry Plum Crisp with Lavender Crème Anglaise (Custard Sauce) | siftandwhisk.com

Yesterday afternoon, as the crisp was cooling on the countertop and the crème anglaise was chilling in the fridge, I gathered my son into my arms, frantically stuffed my wallet into his diaper bag, swung the front door open, and stepped outside for the first time. It was past one o’clock in the afternoon, but the air was cool. I paused and breathed deeply, letting it fill my lungs. I could smell fall and feel it within my chest….

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Raspberry Cornmeal Upside Down Cake

Raspberry Cornmeal Upside Down Cake | siftandwhisk.com

Recently, I made a conscious effort to take my recipe developing skills up a notch and play with ingredient ratios. That is to say, building a recipe from the ground up, with no bedrock of predecessors’ recipes. It’s scary and potentially unnecessary, but I see it as an integral part to my food education….

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Baking Basics with Stonyfield Organic: A Primer on Organic Dairy

Baking Basics with Stonyfield Organic: A Primer on Organic Dairy | Sift & Whisk

I don’t talk about it very often, but I used to operate a home-based bakery in which I used all local and organic ingredients. Organic, other than being a growing trend, is something that is important to me because I believe it is one of the best ways to protect against consuming crazy amounts of chemicals and also littering the planet with said chemicals. I don’t always choose certified organic, because if I buy locally, I’m able to learn from the farmer what kinds of practices they use. But if I’m not buying locally, certified organic is an easy way for me to tell what happened to my food before it got to me, because there are certain regulations and inspections organic farms must meet….

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Lemon Blueberry Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting | siftandwhisk.com

I don’t normally do this kind of post on the blog, where the pictures aren’t styled and whatnot. I don’t even have a cut-shot of this cake, or prep shots or anything really. But it was my son’s first birthday cake, and it was good, and you should make it, probably….

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Merlot Boysenberry Pandowdy

Merlot Boysenberry Pandowdy | siftandwhisk.com

The first real illness of your child will be the most heartbreaking thing you’ll ever encounter up until that point in your life. You will put him down to bed as usual. You will read the stories that you now know by heart the sun has set not long ago….

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