One thing that I believe passionately is that if I can do it - you can do it. You may feel I have some superior advantage but I don't. I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids under four years old and I have twenty eight square feet of countertop in my kitchen. 28. Which is why I feel such a kinship to Kir Jensen of the Sugar Cube. She turned a teeny tiny food cart into her pastry kitchen and became the 'sweetest little food cart on the planet.' If she can bake it - you can bake it.
And now she has a cookbook. Lucky for all of us - especially with Thanksgiving this week - because there is nothing worse than pumpkin pie. Literally. I'm making Lemon Pudding Pops.
Three things I learned from this book.
1. brush the top of cakes with flavored simple syrups = moist cakes + intense flavor
2. ruffles potato chips dipped in caramel are addictive
3. bittersweet chocolate + tawny port = after dinner decadence
Oh, and my next trip to Portland may or may not be specifically to go see Kir.
images via Star Chefs and Chronicle Books