Author: ivy



Summer is here and wedding season is upon us once again. Many bridges and grooms have opted for the hip yet elegant mini cupcakes in lieu of a cake. Here’s a cupcake tier I...



It’s not everyday you see a man butcher a whole hog with his bare hands. About a hundred carnivores watched Fatted Calf owner Taylor Boetticher take apart a 180-pound hog pig just a hand-saw, cleaver and...


FOOD NETWORK: Here I come!

Having a lot of fun working on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” this week!  Getting a tummy-ache from too many cupcakes. Had to try my darndest not to go into a coughing fit while filming...

My favorite kitchen tools: Pillowcase salad spinner, Opinel knife 0

My favorite kitchen tools: Pillowcase salad spinner, Opinel knife

One of the most versatile tools I have is my Opinel knife. Joseph Opinel started making these knives in 1894 in the Savoie region of France. This switchblade-style pocket knife was originally an all-purpose mountain...


Homesick for France: The First Pangs

I’m taking French at Santa Barbara City College. The campus is perched on a hill overlooking the ocean. It’s a sunny winter day in February, and I’m wearing flip-flops and a tank top. Palm... 1

Winter Comfort Food: Butternut Squash Soup

This post is for Sandy, who asked me for the recipe when I made it in France. I made butternut squash soup again when I got to Santa Barbara – it’s so good! Perfect...

Back in Sunny Southern California – AMERICA! 0

Back in Sunny Southern California – AMERICA!

I feel ashamed. I planned to blog everyday while interning at the most famous pastry shops in France. But three months have passed and I’m already back home in Southern California with only one...


Hello from France!

Yesterday, I visited where I’ll be interning at. Lenotre has a production facility in a small town called Plaisir where they produce baked goods for 15 shops in Paris. I drove there by myself and...