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Black Chocolate Espresso Cake with Bittersweet Glaze

Many thanks to Ronald of Love Sicily for picking such a delightful theme for this month’s Sugar High Friday. The theme this month is Coffee. I drink a lot of coffee. I spend a lot of time thinking about coffee. I have toured coffee plantations and roasted my own coffee. I do not, however, often cook with coffee. Thus, this month’s SHF gave me the ... Read More »

Better-Than-Hagrid’s Rock Cakes

I had always assumed that when JK Rowling refered to “rock cakes” in her Harry Potter books, she was using an alternate term for scones. I found this to be rather unusual, but not entirely unlikely, so I was satisfied with my explanation. For a while. I stumbled across a recipe for rock cakes at the Floo-Network and I knew I had to try them. ... Read More »

Bananaanadamarama

Ah, a slice of Americana, er, Anadama. Anadama (pronounced an-uh-DAM-uh) bread traces its roots back to colonial New England, the northeastern part of the US. It is characterised by its inclusion of cornmeal and molasses, which are two very American ingredients. The origin of the name is lost to history, but there are several stories that attempt to explain it. The upshot of every story ... Read More »

Classic French Toast

French toast was definitely my most looked forward to breakfast growing up. I liked to sleep late, though, so my slices were always cold by the time I got down to breakfast. Not that it mattered to me, though. I would just pop them in the microwave. I always sprinkled them with lots of sugar instead of using syrup. I suppose it makes them a ... Read More »

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

I recently signed up to test some recipes for the Good Home Cookbook, which is conducting the first national, public recipe testing campaign. There are over 1,000 participants! I received three recipes to test: Herbed Bread Sticks, Sugar Cookies and Sweet Potato Pie. The breadsticks were outstanding and I had fun making the cookies. I’m not giving out any recipes yet, though. If you want ... Read More »

Chocolate Pudding Cake

One of the more popular restaurant desserts is a molten chocolate cake. This can mean several things. Some stories speak of a chocolate souffle that refused to cook all the way through as the origin of this dish. This souffle managed to worm it’s way out of a ramekin and into the hearts (and onto the plates) of diners everywhere. A chocolate cake with a ... Read More »

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I just love it when a dessert or snack has a nutritional benefit that doesn’t make me feel guilty about taking seconds. This pie is a good example, but I will always have a soft spot for cookies. These cookies in particular have a rather heart heathy flair to them: most of the fat in from tahini instead of butter. The recipe is from EatingWell ... Read More »

Very Blueberry Muffins

Though it may not be immediately apparent, there are a lot of blueberries in these muffins. This is, of course, the best way for blueberry muffins to be. These came about as the result of having a bit of sour cream and a bit of blueberry juice in my refrigerator. There wasn’t enough of either to do anything elaborate and, since it’s a weekend morning, ... Read More »

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