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Blog Count: (10) Meet Dessert Comes First | Pinay.com

Blog Count: (10) Meet Dessert Comes First
Shooting a baking segment for fyi, formerly known as BIO. I'm officially in love with "my" red kitchen. Image via Instagram.
Tish Leizens

Our featured blogger Lori Baltazar, 40, has been baking and blogging her way to fame. Her blog, Dessert Comes First, was born on May 2005 after she decided she wanted to tell sweet tooth stories. Close to a decade later, the tooth is still leading the way to exciting ventures.

Last year, in between cooking and family life, she came out with the book version of her blog.  “My book ‘Dessert Comes First’ won Best Cookbook in the recently concluded Filipino Readers’ Choice awards,” she says. “It’s an encapsulation of nine years of blogging about food. It’s a combination of essays, chef profiles, and recipes.”

And there’s more to her life and her desserts as you read below. We asked her to provide Pinay.com readers a recipe and she obliged by sending us her delightful Apple Crisp—just in time for the holidays. Enjoy! Click on image below to get the recipe.

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Pinay Food Recipes: Lori’s Apple Crisp

What is keeping Lori busy these days?

I seem to have found a second career as a food photographer and it’s been beyond thrilling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be shooting for restaurants, corporations, and especially home bakers, people who I’ve written about and am now collaborating with. It’s immensely satisfying to be told that my photos make their food look so good. I’m about to celebrate my blog’s 10th anniversary. Can’t say much yet but it will be an exciting celebration series!

Who is Lori Baltazar?

I turned 40 this year. I love it! I like that with age comes heaps of wisdom and an increasing intolerance for BS. I’m passionate about food and anything related to it—from ingredients to tableware. I love to read and am a huge advocate of the written word. I have an extensive library, over 2,000 cookbooks! I love to travel, it’s my fuel. I travel at least three times a year. I have a 12-year-old daughter and married to the most amazing man on the planet. On my blog, I call him “my Bin.” He’s my rock.

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On left, “Dessert Comes First,” a book by Lori Baltazar. On right, the writer in the library. All photos of Lori were taken by Aldwin Aspillera.

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Lori Baltazar baking

So what is your favorite dessert?

Cheesecake. I used to have a home business and that was the only thing I sold. It’s one of the best, baked from a recipe that I’ve tweaked over 20 years. I share that recipe in my book.

What’s your favorite food recipe, other than the desserts?

I’m big on meat and a steak cooked to medium-rare is something I won’t say no to.

Can you give us tips on the best dessert gift this Christmas.

I have an ongoing series on my blog called “The Christmas Gift List: Gifts for the Food Lovers.” You’ll find lots of gift ideas there.

Blog Count is a series of conversations with Pinays all over the world. We think these Pinays sparkle and shine. If you are a member of Pinay.com, we can feature you too. Can you inspire us? Do you have something to share? Email Tish Leizens, chief editor at tish@pinay.com. Let’s start a conversation.

Tish Leizens

Tish Leizens is a great believer in asking lots of questions. That was how she was trained as a business journalist for newspapers and magazines. That was how she survived trying moments in her personal life and how she navigated a successful career and business in media. In 1997, she asked, “Why not?” And so, she moved from Manila to New York City. It was and continues to be a great adventure. After stints as a reporter for Manila Chronicle and Manila Times; correspondent for The Straits Times and Gulf News; Tish worked as editor for Conde Nast, and later edited and published her own regional magazines, OurHouse and Excursions. OurHouse, sold in bookstores chains in the East Coast, was nationally recognized for its innovative approach to magazine publishing. Tish has lectured at the New York Public Library on how to launch a magazine and other topics related to publishing. She was featured in CNN Money in 2010.

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Comments

  1. I love cheesecake. Right now it’s my favorite dessert because it’s not too sweet and graham cracker crusts are just my thing. Thanks for telling us about Dessert First blogger Lori Baltazar, Tish. And thank you, Lori, for sharing your apple crisp recipe. I’m going to check out Lori’s gift list right now!

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