Neapolitan Checkered Cake

Neapolitan Checkered Cake

I’ve always wondered what Neapolitan Ice Cream was named after and on further research, I found out that it relates to culture, food and people from Naples.

Neapolitan ice cream reminds me of my visits with Popo as a child. This was not an ice cream flavor my parents usually had in the freezer, but it was always something I could expect at her house. I loved the three flavors combined together. One could not be without the other and I would always try to scoop out the perfect proportion of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. She always had Breyers, and the elongated shape of the container was ideal for even scooping. I haven’t eaten this flavor of ice cream since I was a kid but those three flavors have always stuck with me. Whether it was the flavor, colors or company I was eating it with, I can almost taste it if I think about those warm memories.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones II

Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones II

If you've been around here a while, you'll know that I posted about these scones two years and some months ago

And... I haven't made them since then. Not because they are horrible but because I get on these waves of making new foods that are often using up other foods that I forget about some really great recipes I have already written about. This recipe is still solid but the photos needed a major refresh. I'm at the point now where I can tell how my food styling and photography has changed as I've started to develop my style. I'm still figuring that out but I think these photos are 100% better than the ones I took two and a half years ago. You can find the original recipe here

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Summer Fruit Cobbler

Summer Fruit Cobbler

Summer—It's here to stay until at least October by Sacramento Valley standards.

I am slowly accepting that the 80ºF we got on 4th of July was a miracle and that the 90º-112ºF is here to stay for the next few months. With my black car's AC not working, it's been extra fun, I mean extra training. Today, I went to Costco and was very, very concerned that the butter I got was going to melt by the time I got home (I forgot my freezer bag) but thankfully it survived. I also barely survived and basked in the glory of my apartment's AC before finding energy to get food. One day I'll look back on this and either think I was crazy for not getting my car fixed sooner or pat myself on the back for enduring the Valley heat in a black car with no AC. Thankfully my commute to and from work is only 15 minutes and I have become more experienced in figuring out how the rising sun will affect shadows over the course of a day. It's good photography practice. 

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Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

I'm continuing my newfound appreciation of cake with some cupcakes!

After making this Mint Chocolate Chip Checkered Cake a few weeks ago, it lead me to think about making a Neapolitan Checkered Cake which lead me to wonder how to make a strawberry flavored cake. Sometimes the paths that lead me to things of inspiration are very, very random. 

To celebrate strawberry season even more, I did some research and stumbled upon Sally's recipe which seemed to encompass all of the baking ideals I hold dear. This means no artificial flavored anything. All of the strawberry flavor comes purely from the fruit itself. The cake batter contains a strawberry puree and the frosting incorporates freeze dried strawberries. 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

So I think the pattern of this blog the past few posts has been cake, pie, bread-type thing, something nature-like and repeat. 

So here we are in the pie rotation.

Since strawberries are gloriously in season and rhubarb is also gloriously in season, I made a pie. To be honest, I'm not sure how much flavor the rhubarb added to this pie as the strawberries kind of overpowered it. But, the little bit that I did add probably helped reduce the water content since theses strawberries are JUICY.

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Mini Strawberry Shortcakes

Mini Strawberry Shortcakes

Summer produce has been capturing my heart and strawberries are no exception. 

The first time I ever had strawberry shortcakes was in Maine during the summer I spent there with an ex-boyfriend and his family. The strawberries there were small, juicy and sweet. Best eaten fresh, of course, so his mom made strawberry shortcakes one evening. The combination of juicy strawberries, soft cream, and a flaky biscuit was one that was as attractive in taste and as it was in texture.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones

Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones

These scones are long overdue but are also now currently appropriate because strawberries are in season. 

When this idea first came into my mind, strawberries were far from being in their prime. I was at work and strawberries were due to be on the ad cover as they quite frequently are—just wait for April 20th. It was one of those rare moments where the words just flowed so I jotted this down...

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Chocolate Pavlova with Fresh Strawberries

Chocolate Pavlova with Fresh Strawberries

I can't believe in the midst of New YorkEasterKristen's birthday and general life things, I forgot that this little blog has been in existence for one year.

Mainly because I was pretty hesitant for months about starting a food blog. I'll be honest, the word blogger is one that makes me cringe and the word blog is one I associate with this sceneThere really wasn't much hope to begin with except that I love taking photos of the food I make (given that the lighting is decent and all that photography mumbo jumbo). In the end, I seriously thought about it for one month before pondering a name for another three months and finally wrote and posted about cake

So here we are, one year later...

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