By The Book: Diane Cu & Todd Porter’s Blood Orange Bars with a Brown Butter Crust

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As I finish photographing the oranges in the grey morning light and sit on top of my stepladder zesting the oranges by the window, I realize that I am, inexplicably, “present.” So often I am rushed in the kitchen, coming up with recipe additions on the fly or racing the setting sun to finish in time for photos. But with the cookbook next to me and my schedule cleared for the day, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and mindfulness. And as I work through the recipe (slowly, methodically) I start to notice things:… 

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Meyer Lemon Poppyseed & Mixed Berry Waffle Cake | siftandwhisk.comFriends, I’m back. Man, 2015 has started out rough, huh? First the stroke of my friend’s baby (he’s back at home now and is gaining skills back like a champion!), then I came down with a stomach bug last week. Blehhh. So I’ve missed a few posts, haven’t stuck to my blogging resolutions (probably like 90% of everyone else who made resolutions this year), and have just generally been going nuts…. 

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By The Book: David Lebovitz’s Kirsch Babas with Pineapple

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For those of you who follow my blog, you know that my friend’s baby is in the hospital. They are still there, but H has made some improvements: babbling, moving around, breastfeeding. It’s been a rollercoaster the last few days, but with lots of positive news. Please continue to send kind words to H and his family, and I will keep you updated!

I picked up David Lebovitz’s cookbook, My Paris Kitchen, when I was in Miami for a food blogger conference last spring. I had just heard Mr. Lebovitz do his keynote interview, which was extremely interesting and funny, though I was straining to listen to it from the back corner of the room while sitting on the floor near the only available outlet to charge my phone. After his interview, Mr. Lebovitz signed books, so I bought mine and stood in line.


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