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Let’s Be Kind

Written on November 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm, by admin

On November 19, 2006, Lis Cifelli of La Mia Cucina and I put up a post about pretzels. A happy moment between friends, it was also the very beginning of The Daring Bakers. This week, Lis passed away. I found out the sad news thanks to the efforts of Kelly of Sass and Veracity and  Continue Reading »

The Daring Bakers: Falling for September

Written on September 27, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking. Well, it has been a looooooooooooooooooooong time since I’ve done a Daring Bakers’ challenge. I guess I can only claim the “I-didn’t-have-time-don’t-bother-me-i’m-a-founder”  Continue Reading »

An SHF and Daring Kitchen First!

Written on August 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm, by admin

August 2010 is going to be a big month in baking land as Sugar High Fridays is joining up with The Daring Kitchen to bring you a joint event! SHF #68 is being hosted by the talented Elissa of 17 and Baking (her blog is gorgeous!). The theme is Browned Butter or Beurre Noisette. Elissa  Continue Reading »

Daring Bakers Get Steamy … Sort of.

Written on April 27, 2010 at 3:30 am, by admin

Today is Daring Bakers day and as you can see I am delinquent yet again. But do not the judge the Daring Bakers by the negligence of moi … please. There are some daring, daring people out there and none moreso than Esther of The Lilac Kitchen who challenged everyone to make a traditional British  Continue Reading »

“Pick-Me-Up” … The Daring Bakers’ Way

Written on April 10, 2010 at 8:58 am, by admin

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession. In my ongoing and valiant efforts to catch  Continue Reading »

Colour The Daring Bakers Orange

Written on March 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm, by admin

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris. The busy past few months have meant that I haven’t been able to fully participate in the Daring Bakers’  Continue Reading »

The Daring Bakers Go to the Olympics!

Written on January 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm, by admin

The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and Okay. So I’m exaggerating just a bit. The Daring Bakers aren’t actually physically going to the  Continue Reading »

And a Merry Christmas to All!

Written on December 25, 2009 at 12:15 am, by admin

At this time of year, it’s very easy to become lost in the great big commercial machine that the holidays have become. So it’s precisely at this time of year that I like to look around and think that even though we live in a big city in a big province in a big country  Continue Reading »

The Cannoli Adventures

Written on November 27, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks

Something about Flying and the Wind

Written on September 27, 2009 at 10:15 am, by admin

The September 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. She chose the French treat, Vols-au-Vent based on the Puff Pastry recipe by Michel Richard from the cookbook Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. Before I left for Italy, I knew that Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon  Continue Reading »

Restoring My Faith

Written on July 27, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of The Food Network. I wrote a post a little while ago about how things just seemed to be a bit off for me in the kitchen. Unhappily, that  Continue Reading »

First Time for Everything

Written on June 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm, by admin

The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800′s in England. For the first time in the two-and-a-half year history of  Continue Reading »

Important Information for Members of The Daring Kitchen (if you’re not a member … what are you waiting for???)

Written on June 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm, by admin

Lis and I have realized recently that there’s some confusion about reveal dates for The Daring Bakers and The Daring Cooks so we’re taking to the Internet (you can read about this at The Daring Kitchen as well – in the forums) to clear things up. It’s really very simple. If you’re a Daring Baker,  Continue Reading »

Strudel, Strudel, Strudel …

Written on June 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm, by admin

I just love saying the word strudel. It brings out my inner Austrian and brings back many happy memories of four precious days spent in Vienna, in December 2006. I was so happy when Linda of make like sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks announced that they would choose Apple Strudel as the May 2009  Continue Reading »

Just a Little Tease …

Written on May 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm, by admin

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest, and Pragueby Rick Rodgers. In case you hadn’t noticed and just thought that everyone in the foodblog world suddenly  Continue Reading »

Desserts, Redux

Written on May 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm, by admin

I recently tried two desserts that I’d previously made for a second time and I wanted to blog about it, because they were both, if possible, even better the second time around. The first dessert in quesion is Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake, which was the April 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge. I made the cheesecake but didn’t  Continue Reading »

Le Cheesecake

Written on April 27, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. What is it about cheesecake that is so enthralling? Is it the creamy texture? The fascinating base? The endless ways to top it? I don’t know. I just know it’s good. And yet, even though  Continue Reading »

Rollin’ with My Bakers!

Written on March 28, 2009 at 9:47 am, by admin

Unless you happen to live in Emilia-Romagna, in whose towns and cities there are still a few shops selling pasta made by hand, you can make far better fresh pasta, either by the rolling-pin method or the machine method, than you can buy or eat anywhere. – Marcella Hazan,

The Daring Kitchen: Do You Have the Onions?

Written on March 10, 2009 at 1:31 am, by admin

When I write a blog post, I usually have a good idea of what I want to say. It’s as though I pre-write my post in my head before I sit down to type out the words. But right now, I have no idea what to say. Partly because of exhaustion. Partly because of disbelief.  Continue Reading »

Automated Blog Post: Attention Readers

Written on February 28, 2009 at 11:10 am, by admin

Greeting Cream Puffs in Venice readers, If you are awake and/or own a computer, you will already know that today is the reveal day for the February 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge. The individual known to you as Cream Puff is unable to post today so she has arranged for the delivery of a text message  Continue Reading »

The Thrill of the Tuile

Written on January 29, 2009 at 1:01 am, by admin

How many ways can you pronounce the word “tuile”? As it turns out, many ways. Fortunately, the pronunciation is about all I struggled with when it comes to the January 2009 Daring Bakers‘ challenge. This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf.  Continue Reading »

Go Big or Go Home!

Written on December 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm, by admin

If I had to pick one thing to say to sum up the December 2008 Daring Bakers’ challenge, not to mention all the other challenges that we faced this year, it would be go big or go home! Our lovely hostesses Hilda of Saffron & Blueberry and Marion of Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre  Continue Reading »

Caramel, I’m Still Your Daddy (or Mommy)!

Written on November 29, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Early on in my blog career, I wrote a post about conquering my fear of caramel. I received a very thoughtful and helpful comment to that post from none other than Shuna Fish Lydon, the chef behind one of the most accomplished and informative blogs out there: eggbeater. When the hosts of the November Daring  Continue Reading »

Daring Bakers, Take a Bow!

Written on November 19, 2008 at 7:09 am, by admin

Daring Bakers, take a bow because today is your second birthday! It’s incredible but true. Two years ago today, Lis and I had a crazy idea to bake pretzels and now look where we are. It has been two amazing years for us as we watched this group grow from two people to well over  Continue Reading »

This One is for Sher

Written on October 29, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

This past July, the Daring Bakers lost one of our dearest members with the sudden passing of Sherry Cermak, known to many of us as Sher of the blog What Did You Eat? To say that I was shocked when I found out would be an understatement. Only weeks before, I had been chatting with  Continue Reading »

And She Burns her Crackers!

Written on September 27, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Have you seen the film Stranger Than Fiction, featuring Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson, where Ferrell’s character walks around while hearing his life narrated out loud by the author played by Thompson? I’m not sure why or how, but I sort of felt like my attempt at making lavash crackers was being narrated by some  Continue Reading »


Written on August 31, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Home is many things. Home is where you make chocolate éclairs thanks to Meeta and Tony. Home is talking to Lis. Home is saying hello again to all of you after a long absence. Home is the Daring Bakers. It’s good to be home. Ciao!

The Daring Bakers Get Caked

Written on July 30, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Wait. Is it already time for another Daring Bakers‘ challenge? I swear sometimes I think there’s an evil little elf somewhere pressing the fast forward button about halfway throught the month so that the last two weeks just fly by and next thing you know it’s time to start all over again! In case you  Continue Reading »

Daring Bakers Make Your Home Smell Nice!

Written on June 29, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

There are numerous advantages to being a Daring Baker. You get to meet new people and visit new blogs. Once a month you get to try a recipe you might not normally try. But the one advantage to being a Daring Baker that most people might not be aware of is that being a Daring  Continue Reading »

Is There A Maestro in the House?

Written on May 28, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

If you hear music in the air it’s because Daring Bakers the world around are posting their tribute to one of the world’s great confections: Opéra Cake or L’Opéra as they would say in France. For the May 2008 Daring Bakers‘ challenge, I have the privilege of hosting with my incredible co-founder Lis and with  Continue Reading »

Pop Goes the Cheesecake!

Written on April 27, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Unto the life of every Daring Baker, there must be some fun. We can’t always be about puff pastry, meringue and caramel. Not to say that those elements of previous challenges haven’t been “fun”, it’s just that every once and awhile I want to channel my childhood days when there were no rules and it  Continue Reading »

Where’s the Party?!

Written on March 30, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

I heard a rumour that there was a huge Daring Bakers’ party happening on March 30th so I arrived early in the hopes of not missing it. You haven’t witnessed a true party until you’ve attended a Daring Bakers’ fête. This month’s party was hosted by Morven of Food Art and Random Thoughts who chose  Continue Reading »

Pane Quotidiano

Written on February 29, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Daily bread. That’s what pane quotidiano means and that’s what I kept thinking about as I had the lovely experience of making French bread thanks to Mary of The Sour Dough and Sara of i like to cook. They were the hostesses of the February 2007 Daring Bakers challenge and they chose French bread as  Continue Reading »

Pucker Up!

Written on January 28, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Welcome to the first Daring Baker challenge for 2008! Wow! It seems like yesterday that we were just getting ready for the holidays and it’s hard to believe that the first month of the new year is already almost over. This month’s host is one of our longest standing members, the lovely Jen of The  Continue Reading »

‘Tis the Season!

Written on December 22, 2007 at 2:24 pm, by admin

‘Tis the season to enjoying the best things in life: family, friends, lots of baking and of course, the Daring Bakers! We come to you a bit earlier than usual this December on account of the fact that in another day or so most of us will be busy celebrating with family. For the December  Continue Reading »

The Daring Bakers Break Bread Together

Written on November 25, 2007 at 10:20 pm, by admin

As much as I’ve enjoyed all of the sweet escapades the Daring Bakers have been on, secretly, I’ve longed for something savoury. Trust the beautiful Tanna to answer my wishes! For November, she chose our first non-dessert baking challenge: Tender Potato Bread from the book Home Baking by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford. This has  Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday Daring Bakers!

Written on November 19, 2007 at 6:22 am, by admin

When it comes to defining moments, it’s funny how they never seem defining as they’re happening. You don’t realize you’re in the right place at the right doing the right thing until it’s all done. When I think back to last November 19th, I could never have imagined that one simple post about pretzels would  Continue Reading »

Bostini – The Capital of Daring Baker Hearts!

Written on October 28, 2007 at 9:01 pm, by admin

No. Don’t worry. It’s not a typo. Bostini (not Boston) is, in fact, the capital of Daring Bakersville. As the month of October arrived, Mary of Alpineberry let us know that our challenge for the month would be our very first plated dessert, one called the Bostini Cream Pie. The dessert is a take on  Continue Reading »

A Daring Baker’s Ode to Buns (Cinnamon and Sticky, that is)

Written on September 30, 2007 at 11:57 am, by admin

There was once a group called The Daring Bakers, Who for a challenge were always takers. Each month they baked something new, And as a result were never blue. Marce of Pip in the City is September’s host, I’d certainly say she has the most. Cinnamon and sticky buns she chose, Because those are the  Continue Reading »

Hip Hip Hooray for the Daring Bakers!

Written on September 11, 2007 at 5:08 pm, by admin

It’s nice to share good news so Lis and I are thrilled to share this little tidbit with you. Earlier today I received an e-mail from the very sweet Katie of the blog Other People’s Food. Katie very kindly let me know that the Daring Bakers had been featured in an article on Epicurious. Amy  Continue Reading »

Daring Bakers Get Tarty!

Written on August 28, 2007 at 9:01 pm, by admin

Some months, I wait anxiously for the day to post the Daring Baker challenge. And then other months, like this one, I wake up one morning only to find that the month is almost gone and the Daring Baker challenge is about to escape me. My friends, it has been a busy and frenzied month  Continue Reading »

The Cake in the Mirror

Written on July 30, 2007 at 3:00 pm, by admin

Mirror mirror upon the wall, Who is the fairest of all? Hmmm … good question. This is the question that all Daring Bakers attempted to answer this month as we tackled our latest challenge: Strawberry Mirror Cake. Our host for the month is the prolific, brilliant and talented Peabody of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. Not  Continue Reading »

Daring Bakers Do Bagels!

Written on June 27, 2007 at 2:54 pm, by admin

I have to be very honest with you. I’m a little nervous. As you may have noticed from the picture above and from the title, the June challenge put to the Daring Bakers by our hosts Quellia of All Things Edible and Freya of Writing at the Kitchen Table is bagels. Eeek! Why so nervous,  Continue Reading »

The Patron Saint of all Daring Bakers

Written on May 27, 2007 at 5:26 pm, by admin

It was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time before the Daring Bakers adopted a patron saint. Saint Honoratus of Amiens was a bishop of the town of Amiens, located in the North of France. He is believed to have died on May 16th, 600 A.D. While it doesn’t appear that Saint  Continue Reading »

The Daring Bakers Strike Again!

Written on April 29, 2007 at 8:29 pm, by Ivonne

Move over, Martha. The Daring Bakers are claiming your territory! Well, perhaps we’re not quite claiming your territory but we are all over a dessert you showcased. And it’s a good thing too as judging by my own experience and that of most of the other Daring Bakers, your recipe could do with a bit  Continue Reading »