Once upon a time there was a princess named Aly and she loved to eat. She lived in Paris in a castle next to a truffle farm. At every ball she demanded rib-eye steak, lobster, and foie gras. She especially had a weakness for dessert and often sent her ladies in waiting out to fetch her a Specialties semi sweet chocolate chip cookie or a pint of salted caramel ice cream from Bi-Rite in a far away land called San Francisco. But even though the princess had ladies in waiting and private chefs, she loved to bake. These are the tales of her adventures in the kitchen.