Sherry Yard

Mexican Orange Cookies

I recently came across an old article posted on the New York Times website which talks about the Psychology of Gift Giving. With Christmas only a few days away I thought it would be appropriate to share it with you today.

The main point of the article basically helped reiterate something we’ve known all along… It’s the act or thought of giving and not the gift itself that matters. It lets our friends and loved ones know they are important to us and that we care about them regardless of what the gift itself might be; which in turn makes us feel good.

A win-win situation if you ask me!

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Laminated Pumpkin Brioche topped with Cocoa Nibs

To the tune of Auld Lang Syne I say au revoir Project Food Blog Challenge and Bienvenue à nouveau le week-end.

This little venture has taught me so much and I am happy I decided to participate. I am proud I made it down to the last 46 contestants, an accomplishment in and of itself. Yet, I know I have much more to learn to become a more well rounded food blogger and look forward to growing with you.

Not knowing whether or not I would advance to the next round I decided to be proactive and make a delicious pumpkin post for you. I hope you enjoy it.

Along with me, these fabulous ladies are also some of the Project Food Blog Video challenge exiles, please stop by and check out their pumpkin inspired posts:

Asha from Fork Spoon Knife
Heena from Tiffin Tales
Linda from Salty Seattle
Lindsey from Hot Polka Dot
Liren from Kitchen Confidante
Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie
Paula from Bell’alimento
Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen

Have a Sweet Thanksgiving Day!

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Gingerbread Financier

November 23, 2010

in Cakes,French,Recipes

Gingerbread Financier topped with Gingerbread Ice Cream and Candy Cane Tuiles

I hope you have enjoyed part I and II of my Holiday trifecta dessert so far.

To recap, we started out with a simple to make, yet sophisticated Tuile cookie. Using a Candy Cane cookie cutter we cut out and sprinkled our tuile cookies with candied goji berries as soon as we took them out of the oven. We also added a little Framboise Liqueur to the simple syrup in which we cooked the goji berries in for a little added punch.

We then moved on to a creamy gingerbread ice cream that contained just enough spice to unite our gingerbread financier and tuile cookie, to create a unique yet very festive holiday dessert.

I know most of you couldn’t wait for the Gingerbread Ice Cream post. But, it surely wouldn’t be a “Trifecta” without the backbone of our dessert… the rich and buttery Gingerbread Financier.

So without further ado… I give you my interpretation of Chef Sherry Yard’s Gingerbread Financier, enjoy!

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Kings of Pastry

A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from Chef Sherry Yard inviting me to the Los Angeles Premier of “Kings of Pastry” and a Dessert Reception hosted by her, Benefiting C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) at Spago following the movie.

Upon receiving the invitation I initially thought I would just be helping out setting up for the dessert reception however, once I found out I was actually invited to both I was on cloud 9!

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My day started bright and early… the alarm went off at 5 am, I had some coffee, read a few emails, and tweeted a little. An hour later I was rushing to get ready for my adventure in the Spago kitchen.

Hungry for more A day in the Spago Kitchen?

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