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Apple Tart with Salted Caramel

There’s not much I like more than an apple tart on puff pastry with some kind of delicious honey or caramel topping. I’d been wanting to try Smitten Kitchen’s version for a while, and when I finally made it for my sister and brother, they loved it. It’s relatively easy – I used an … Read more ››

Photo Essays: West Village Wednesday

Ok, so I know it’s not Wednesday as the title of this post may suggest…however, I took these photos on a Wednesday, so that’s where that came from. A simple springtime mid-week stroll through the West Village…enjoy!  Read more ››

NYC Guide: Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Anyone who knows me knows of my fondness for Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho. I wrote about the bakery a few years ago and have visited countless times since then. Even though it became a big tourist destination and a bit of a madhouse when Dominique Ansel invented the Cronut pastry, it’s one … Read more ››

Outfit: White Jeans in the West Village

Jacket (old) – similar | Peplum top (old Anthropologie) | Jeans: Gap | Flats: J. Crew | Bag (old) | Bracelet: (old Bauble Bar) – similar I wore this outfit last week when I went to the West Village to pay another visit to Dominique Ansel Kitchen (which I can’t wait … Read more ››

A Few Good Links

image source I bought this salted chocolate chip cookie mix from food blogger Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt a while back one day just because I was bored and the packaging was cute (oops). You get ingredients for chocolate chip cookies already pre-measured out (three types of sugar including brown … Read more ››

Preparing for the Future

For the B Bar’s May blog link-up, they asked this question: what are you doing to prepare for your future? I’m interested to see what everyone else has to say, because there was only one thing that really came to my mind: saving money. This is an ongoing challenge for … Read more ››

Recent Reads: April

The Martian, by Andy Weir (audiobook) This book was so good, and everyone I’ve talked to that has read it agrees that the reason it’s so good is the main character, Mark Watney. Mark Watney is probably my favorite narrator of a book, ever. He’s hilarious, self-effacing, intelligent…well basically, just … Read more ››

NYC Guide: Treat House

Rice Krispies treats are one of my favorite simple desserts (especially this version), so when I found out about The Treat House, a bakery on the Upper West Side making krispy marshmallow treats in all sorts of fun flavors, I knew I needed to try it out! This place is adorable … Read more ››

A Few Good Links

My Mom sent me a link to a series on Emily Henderson’s blog all about the biggest design mistakes that people make. I find the posts really educational, well-written, and detailed, with lots of product sources that I think people may find helpful. This is my favorite one so far (and within you’ll … Read more ››

Macaron and Madeleine Making Class

If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (@jclair24), then you may have noticed that a few weeks ago I took the Macarons and Madeleines class at the International Culinary Center. It was so much fun! I can’t tell you how happy it made me to be in a professional … Read more ››