Recipe: {Gluten-Free} Pumpkin-Bourbon Tart and a Thankful List


I don’t know how I did it, but somehow, I made enough desserts just in time for Thanksgiving. My menu looks like the following:

  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with the signature Kahlua Toast Crunch
  •  Lemon Cheesecake with Roasted Persimmons
  • Gluten-Free Walnut Cake with Chocolate Nib Ganache and Pastry Cream
  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bourbon Tart with Hazelnut Crumble → the recipe for which is HERE FO’ YOU

Now that my Thanksgiving sugar rush game is on lock, I wanted to celebrate the actual spirit of the holiday by sharing a few things that I am thankful for. It’s always a good idea to reflect a little bit on what makes our lives so great, and this year more than ever, I’ve been reminded of how amazing small moments of happiness can be, whether discovered alone or shared with the world around me. And as the year draws to a close, I am definitely thankful for the following:


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Weekend E.A.T. – Blue and Gold

Natoma Cabana

Finally some rain!

Nothing makes me happier than a hearty breakfast with one of my favorite people

Thanksgiving prep with some hazelnut crumble

Go Bears!

Thanks Berks for looking so blue today

Staying warm with soup from Lers Ros Thai

With all the traveling and gushing about Paris, it’s been awhile since I did a weekend post. But when the days are filled with yelling “GO BEARS” until my voice goes hoarse and cooking up a storm for Thanksgiving, it calls for a few photos.


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PARIS: Where to Eat, What to Do (Part 3)

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If there ever was a harbinger of how much sugar I was going to inhale in Paris, consider that as soon as I got off the plane, Fabien greeted  me with not one, not two, but THREE croissants from which to take my pick (Real talk: I ate some of each one).

Paris is jam-packed with pâtisseries on pâtisseries – that’s why the entire city constantly smells like food. It was such a real struggle to remain hungry as much as possible so I could devour everything in sight. But with a list of 50 – yes 50 – recommendations, I hopped on my Vélib and set off off to conquer every pastry I could.


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PARIS: Where to Eat, What to Do (Part 2)

Marché de la Bastille

Marché de la Bastille – the Sunday farmer’s market

If only I could bring these all back with me!

A lot of people asked what I could possibly do for seven days in the City of Love by myself. Those people clearly don’t know me very well because I obviously took photos, ate like a crazy lady, and walked/cycled for hours and hours (I bought a week-long Vélib pass which I HIGHLY recommend if you want an efficient way to explore while justifying the three pastries you ate for breakfast).


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PARIS: Where to Eat, What to Do (Part 1)

Charles de Gaulle Airport, France


Hi Fabien!

This monstrosity of a falafel requires a fork and a lot of spicy sauce

President Obama ate here during his visit to Paris. When I checked the menu, the prices were – ahem – presidential to match.

The chocolate mousse at Buvette comes in a giant heaping mass of chocolate and chantilly, and it’s glorious

I arrived in Paris with no set plan in mind. Yes, there was a spreadsheet chock full of landmarks and eateries to visit, but I had no itinerary. To fully remove myself from the rigorous, 9-to-whenever-I-decide-to-stop-working cycle of the States, I had but one ideology in mind to guide me through the rues and arrondissements: Laisse tomber.


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