According to archaeologists, some of the very first cakes ever made were simple concoctions of soft goat cheese, honey, and sometimes a little bit of grain. These cheesecake tarts are my homage to those ancient cakes. The flaky pastry...
MINI GLUTEN-FREE FOCACCIA WITH HERBS, GRAPES, OLIVES, AND PINE NUTS While the ancient Romans certainly weren’t baking with xanthan gum and gluten-free flours, they sure did love their flatbreads, often studded with fresh herbs and fruits or vegetables. These...
Today you most often hear decadent as a mouthwatering adjective for a rich dessert or perhaps a holiday feast. It conjures up lavish, indulgent foods—often expensive, extravagant, or prolific. Picture an ancient Roman feast hall, filled with purple-clad generals...

At Home: A Decadent Decor

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When I think about decadence and decor, an image springs to mind of the Chelsea Hotel in its heyday. I remember the red velvet chairs, dark wood, crystal and glass chandeliers, huge abstract paintings on the walls, staircases that...
RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE PROHOM OLSON (A.K.A. GATHER VICTORIA)   What could be more decadent than a lofty spire of cream puffs magically held together with caramelized sugar and studded with rose fondant, white chocolate truffles, marzipan stars, and gleaming...

An Abundant Display

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In all my years as an event and wedding designer the one tool I consistently used in creating beauty and magic was to hold the person or cause I was designing for in my heart as I worked. When...
Before I recognized the importance of my personal power and claimed it, there was a time when abundance to me meant designer clothes, expensive jewelry, and dining in fancy New York City restaurants. At this point in my life, my...
"And all at once, summer collapsed into fall,” said Oscar Wilde, and, as usual, he was right. The sudden transition from beachy splendor to autumn harvest does seem to happen in a heartbeat. As temperatures drop and our thoughts...

Bottling Autumn

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A one-year subscription in the US is $32, two years is $50.  To live in a world of everlasting Septembers and Octobers sounds enchanting, does it not? To wake up each day to the golden rustling of leaves and spiced...
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE PARKE   Even among visionaries, artists who can create a reality for themselves as rich and lovely and magical too as their dream life, Cynthia von Buhler stands apart. A painter and playwright, graphic novelist, illustrator, impresario, and...