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Friday, September 30, 2016

Angel Food Cake

As I write this, my angel food cake is upside down, cooling in the kitchen. Upside down. You heard me right. Making angel food cake is one of the great acts of culinary faith. After separating...

Homemade Dulce de Leche

I've always said that I don't have a sweet tooth. For the large part, that's true. I'll take a handful of salty pretzels over chocolate almost any day. However. Dulce de leche might be my undoing....

Peep Topiary (Plus Other Easter Table Top Decorating Ideas)

I've always had an active imagination. I am that auntie who likes to tell your kids stories. If you know me, you know what I'm talking about. And if you have kids under five, chances...

Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

Mmmm, homemade hot fudge sauce, just like Grandma used to make. (I'm gonna say this up front: It's not my fault if you sit down and eat a bowl of this with a spoon, ok?)

Drunken Coffee Jello Squares

OK, kids: This is coffee. In solid form. It's been sweetened with condensed milk and booze-ified with a healthy dose of Kahlua—then rubberized into a blissful, cocktail-hour finger food thanks to the magic of gelatin. Now, you have to like Jello, or Jello-like food, for this to work. If you do, you're in for a treat.

Chocolate Cheesecake

Our good friend the Baron Von Hammer came to visit us recently, right around his birthday. That being a rather auspicious occasion, I wanted to make him something special. This chocolate cheesecake didn't disappoint!

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake is an expansive, thin chocolate cake that's coated with chocolate frosting and sprinkled with chopped pecans. And? This cake defies one of the 10 Commandments of Baking: Thou shalt not frost until the cake is cool.

S’mores Bars

Psssst, hey, you! You need to make these. Like, now. I almost never say that, but seriously: You do. Stop what you're doing and get yourself into the kitchen. You can thank me later.
wedge of ricotta cake

Torta di Ricotta

This cake is like a coffee cake, but better. It's rich, but still manages to have a light crumb. It gets a subtle, mollasses-tinged sweetness from dark brown sugar, and a burst of brightness from a generous amount of fresh lemon zest.
chocolate covered caramel close up

Old-Time Chocolate Molasses Chews

For this recipe, squares of chewy chocolate caramel get all dressed up in chocolate. They're chewy and chocolate-y and have a deep, sweet earthiness from a generous amount of molasses.

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