Archive for the ‘Chocolate’ Category

Cashew (Coconut) Joy

In Chocolate, Confectionary on October 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm


The trouble with “recreating” classic candies that will strike a chord with both nostalgic adults and sweets-seeking kids, is that I was never really ate many of those original concoctions in the first place. After every Halloween conquest, my sister and I had a very specific ritual, painstakingly lining up our plunder on the living room floor, making what we would later call a “candy parade” … [read more]

From BitterSweet


Dark Chocolate Light-As-Air Individual Bundtlets

In Cakes, Chocolate, Cupcakes and Muffins on October 20, 2009 at 10:07 am


The shock and hurt of losing a loved one has been tempered by the sweet memories of times shared with him. Some people may think us crass, but laughter is indeed the best medicine. Would our brother have wanted us to sit around and pound on our chests, wailing over our loss, or would he rather watch us from above sharing stories and laughter, jokes and fond memories? … [read more]

From Life’s a Feast

Chocolate Chip Cocoa Nib Cookies

In Biscuits and Cookies, Chocolate on October 10, 2009 at 10:38 am


Dear Tyler,

I’m not sure what to say to you. Not after what you did. I’m still angry and upset that you would lie to me like that over the last few weeks. I’m in class writing this and trying not to cry. I have to go up to the front and give a presentation but all I can thi-

Suddenly an arm covered the rest of the letter … [read more]

From Vanilla Garlic

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Layer Cake

In Cakes, Chocolate on September 23, 2009 at 10:33 am


Chocolate and dulce de leche. I don’t even have to say much more to convince anyone this is a great idea, but I’ll get a little more specific: Three layers of dark chocolate cake loaded with thick Argentine dulce de leche that permeates what had been an extra springy cake, then covered, as everything should be, with creamy bittersweet chocolate ganache … [read more]

From He Cooks, She Cooks

Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Cherries and Pecans

In Biscuits and Cookies, Chocolate on September 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm


Somewhere in the back of my increasingly feeble, mother-to-an-almost-toddler mind, I seem to remember learning in school about the hierarchy of basic human needs. I’m pretty sure they included food, water, shelter, chocolate and an aunt and uncle set who are significantly cooler than your parents. Baby C scored on that last bit. A prime example being that her awesome Uncle Pat recently rolled through town on a tour with his band, while her totally boring mother baked cookies for said band. But as it turns out, it’s a tall order, baking for rockstars … [read more]

From Piece of Cake

Chai Cupcakes

In Chocolate, Cupcakes and Muffins on September 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm


When I worked at this chocolate cafe, we in the pastry kitchen were responsible for baking up all sorts of chocolate-intensive treats, as well as making the chocolate drinks that were the specialty of the house.

From classic hot chocolate to mochas to bicerins, we made the mixes for the drinks in the kitchen, and they never seemed to last long enough before we’d have to make a new batch … [read more]

From Dessert First

Brown-Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

In Chocolate, Traybakes and Slices on September 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm


Dear Blondie,

I suppose now’s as good a time as anything to confess.

Before I met you, I didn’t think very much of you guys. In fact, I always thought you were the plainer and- dare I say it- boring cousins of, you know the hunky, chocolate brown guys that everyone goes gaga over, the Brownies … [read more]

From Eat and Be Happy

Boston Cream Pie

In Cakes, Chocolate on September 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm


I’d like to clear something up – not everything goes according to plan. In fact, I probably endure more angst and heartbreak in the kitchen than in my high school. Sure there’s homecoming coming up and some share of senior year drama, but really, it’s all minor compared to some of the disasters that come out of my oven … [read more]

From 17 and Baking

Chocolate-Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Dried Cherries

In Biscuits and Cookies, Chocolate on September 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm


When I first begin to get sick, I begin to clean. Ambitiously.

It’s not just scrubbing dishes or sweeping the floors or folding the laundry. It’s cleaning the windows and flipping the mattresses and vacuuming under the fridge. When my mind is fuzzy with sickness, I can’t stand a similar feeling of clutter in my surroundings … [read more]

From Seven Spoons

Chocolate Cherry Tiramisu

In Chocolate, Fruits, Pudding and Custard on September 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm


I often wonder how we acquire our sweet tooth (sweet teeth?). I never doubted but that mine is a genetic trait, passed down through the women of the family. My grandma and my mom, her daughter, could both live on ice cream, and I truly think that my mom does! … [read more]

From Life’s a Feast