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Oh Martha!

First off, I am thrilled that the re-designed blog is up and running! Hillel Smith, an incredibly talented graphic designer was the genius behind the page and did a fabulous job bringing my concepts to cyberspace!

Growing up in L.A. we are surrounded by celebrities, usually this means their “WOW” appeal wears off over time. Yesterday that was not the case. Martha Stewart, yes, you read correctly MARTHA STEWART! the Julia Child of our generation, was doing a book signing to promote her new cookbook  “Martha Stewart’s Dinners at Home”. This cookbook is simple to read and presents recipes in a group so you can make an entire meal without feeling overwhelmed by searching for multiple recipes.

dinner at home cover

I have never met Martha before and really wasn’t sure what to expect. After meeting her, I am an even bigger fan than before! She is incredible. I got up to her an hour and a half into her book signing. She seemed very much at ease and we ended up having a short conversation that culminated in her recommending that I submit pictures of my cakes to her wedding magazine! Pretty incredible huh?

Here are my paparazzi style pictures from the event

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

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Fall Fete

Winter has finally arrived in LA. We are going on day two of a rainstorm and I am loving the fog outside the kitchen window. Here at Urban Sweets, we have started to transition into our winter desserts – heavier dessert items that focus on spices and preserves rather than fresh fruit. I love having our menu follow the seasons and what is naturally in season this time of year.

Last week we did a Dessert Buffet that featured items from our Fall line. We created a menu that primarily focused on winter confections but added in a few “last of summer” lighter and fruiter flourishes.

dessert buffet

The center focus was the cupcake tower that had individual dessert bites lining it. The desserts were placed in a cascading order of density. Starting with the “farewell to summer” desserts at the top and leading down to the heavier more winter oriented items.

The top tier had mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

lemon meringue tarts

Below the Tarts were mini Brownies infused with Raspberry Preserves and latticed with Bittersweet Chocolate.

brownies

The base tier had individual Persimmon Cheesecakes. When thinking about winter foods, squash and pumpkin usually come to mind. Staying true to Urban Sweets ethics (that of introducing new and unique flavor combinations to the dessert lover) I opted to stray from the traditional. Persimmons are just coming into season and have such a rich, sweet flavor; I was delighted to incorporate them into the cheesecakes. This was another way to take a dessert commonly served during the warmer months and make it the perfect addition to a party taking place on a cool and crisp evening. Who would ever think that cheesecake could be paired with hot Mulled Cider? Well now it can!

cheesecakes

To round out the Dessert Buffet, we also had Pecan Bars, Ginger Snap Cookies, Candies and Decorated Sugar Cookies that we placed on lollipop sticks – they were a huge hit with the kids!

cookie lollipops

ginger snaps and sugar cookies

acorn cookie

leaf cookie

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