and other scrumptious sweets

Back to doing what I love…. September 30, 2013

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Enjoy the last of the summer fruit.

Enjoy the last of the summer fruit.

And so I’m back.  Culinary school was not for me-CIA is an exceptional school with amazing instructors and support, but the academic part of the food industry took the passion and joy right out of me.  So I made the difficult decision to regroup and refocus on what I want.  I want to continue testing, tasting and creating yummy sweet treats. It makes me happy when people love the desserts we make!

So here’s a quick dessert idea to enjoy the last of the summer fruit.    Take any fruit you love, mix it with a little sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon if needed and place the mixture into small ramekins.  Top with a crumble mixture you would use on an apple pie (oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 -40 mins.  Top with ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy.  It’s an easy, quick and great little dessert! 🙂

Happy Baking,



Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream December 8, 2012

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I’m not a huge fan of cupcakes but, every now and then I get a little craving for one. Lets face it, we all do and folks, these sure hit the spot.

Rich dark chocolate cake with a light peppermint buttercream. These are sure to get you in the “Holiday Spirit!”  Should these be a new addition to the menu?

Happy Baking!

XOXO Katiepies


This picture was taken by the very talented Elizabeth Lawrence.


German Chocolate, Caramel, & Pecans…. February 7, 2012

Here they are, the best brownies in the world. Layers of rich chocolate, warm caramel, crunchy pecans and of course powdered sugar for a sweet topping. The perfect balance. One bite of these and you will be in love. Credit given to The Pioneer Woman.

Look for these on the menu! 

Happy Baking!

-Katiepies 🙂


In Search of a Culinary School-part two August 15, 2011

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Part two of our search takes place at the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu.  We are fortunate to live close to the Pasadena location that also offers the Patisserie and Baking program.  Our tour was private which allowed us to ask all sorts of questions and really see the entire campus.  Le Cordon Bleu takes up an entire city block and then some.  There are approximately 2000+ students in the program at any one time.  They offer an array of programs; diploma or degree depending on your area of study.

Culinary Arts is not for the faint of heart or back (comfortable shoes are a must).  As a student, you will have long days of classroom and kitchen practice time, most classes are 5 days a week, 6 to 8 hours a day.  We saw many aspiring chefs in action, in the classroom and in the kitchen, preparing what looked to be complex recipes.  We were even so lucky to run into Katie’s ROP culinary teacher. He was very gracious and invited us into the kitchen for an up close view.  We  happily volunteered as taste testers, but our guide kept us moving.  We did work up an appetite, so if you want to taste the food at Le Cordon Bleu  visit Techniques restaurant across the street from the main building. They are open limited hours, the food is delicious, prices unbelievably inexpensive and the best part of all; staffed and run by the students.  It is recommended that you call ahead (at least a week) for a reservation.

Food must be your passion in order to devote yourself to this art. However, there are many satisfying benefits.  How many careers allow you to be creative , experience foods from other cultures and eat your work?

As we have stated before, some people eat to live and others live to eat. 🙂 

Sweet treats to you,



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