Nana, Spunk,  and Vinegar Chocolate Cake

Nana, Spunk, and Vinegar Chocolate Cake

Nana was my grandmother. When I was a little girl, I would spend long happy weekends at her house. She always had a stack of books for me to read–young reader mysteries, as I recall. Sometimes she would take me to the tiny beauty shop improbably […]

Mr. Bates and The Queen’s Cake

  Apparently Queen Elizabeth is a foodie. She loves raspberry jam cookie sandwiches, white peaches, Dubonnet and gin, and chocolate biscuit cake. Scones are a constant at her tea table where she reportedly crumbles some of them up and slips them under the table to […]

World peace anyone?

  Me, too. These cookies, called World Peace Cookies,  are from renown baker Dorie Greenspan’s bestselling new cookbook,  Dorie’s Cookies. (Buy the book for someone you love. It is a wonderful cookbook with inspired recipes for both sweet and savory cookies.) In the introduction to Greenspan’s […]

Almond Praline among friends

I was invited to join friends for dinner last night and volunteered to bring dessert. I decided to bring chocolate mousse (see previously published recipe on this site–) but wanted to make the presentation a little more elegant than simply serving a cup of chocolate […]

Chocolate Mousse

  “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly. ‘Would you like one?’ she asked the little dog. ‘Yes, please,’ whispered the dog. ‘Only not toffee ones. They make me drool.’ ‘I thought chocolates weren’t very good for dogs,’ she said, […]

Little Black Dress Chocolate Cake

I’m a sucker for a clever recipe name and the name for this dense chocolate cake is clever indeed. This great little cake could easily become a staple in your cooking repertoire. If you are a chocolate lover this would be a great Valentine’s Day dessert. […]