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  1. Chocolate, Almond and Hazelnut Toffee: Holiday Treats!

    When it comes to making candy, I’m typically a disaster. Case in point: my most recent attempt to make homemade marshmallows. I read and read about how delightfully easy they are to make, and how incomparable they are to store-bought, but after trying my hand at them myself, I simply failed. Overpowered by marshmallow fluff Continue…


  2. I’m Going to Tell You About These Cookies…

      This is my last week of work before the wedding. I’m not getting married quite yet, but I am going to enjoy a week of catching up with friends, tying up loose ends, and relaxing. A co-worker asked me today if I’d have a hard time ‘letting go.’ I didn’t hesitate to reply: ‘absolutely Continue…

  3. Bistro Dinner Part 2: Dark Chocolate Souffle

    After watching enough episodes of Top Chef, I have become thoroughly convinced that souffles are the devil. They don’t rise. They don’t end up having the right consistency without precisely the right oven temperature. They’re just overall a big mess. So why did I decide to try making a chocolate souffle for dessert last weekend? Continue…

  4. Banana Bread with Chocolate and Ginger: For Friendship

    There are those dishes that instantly transport you to distant destinations, or the comforts of your childhood. Associations, as we call them, are what gives these dishes such boundary-bending properties. We all have these associations, these connections that add context to our beginnings, and all of the places that we’ve been since. In addition to Continue…

  5. A Chocolate Caramel Tart to Mark an Occassion

    Tomorrow is my birthday so it seems fitting to share with you a recipe for a chocolate caramel tart (with sea salt, no less). It’s really decadent, luxurious, and sweet–with a nice little salty kick at the end. This cake was a long time coming–a few months, at least. Ever since I received my April Continue…

  6. A Triple Chocolate Cookie in Place of Your 70% Bar

    Saying that I ‘like’ chocolate is very much an understatement if there ever was one. I eat chocolate every single day. Do you think I’m lying? Go ahead and fumble through my pantry and you’ll find at least one (but usually two to three) bars of Lindt 70%. Or Dagoba. Or some Scharffen Berger. Dolfin Continue…

  7. Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodie Friends

    Those of us with foodie friends know that you can never have too many cooking utensils, spices, oils, gadgets and gizmos. To me, these things are like shoes. I like items that look pretty and can sometimes sit on my counter and in my cabinets simply in case I ever have an occasion to use Continue…

  8. Holiday Potluck Recipes

    December has, over the years, become one of my favorite months. Ever since I passed the school days and could no longer look forward to summer vacation, December has become my closest reincarnation of summer break. Every weekend is packed with holiday parties, friends popping into town, dinner get togethers, red Starbucks cups. It’s hard Continue…

  9. From Conception to Fruition: The Birthday Cake

    I’ve never been a fan of German Chocolate Cake–largely, because of the coconut content. It’s one of the few things (besides cauliflower) that I simply can’t stand. But, my boyfriend Matt claims this cake to be his absolute favorite. In fact, back home in Ohio where he’s from, he heads to the Dorothy Lane Market Continue…

  10. Coco-Luxe: Review

    If you’ve been to Italy, you may have had the opportunity to discover that Italians don’t do powdered Swiss Miss with dried up mini marshmallows. And bless them for that! The first time I ordered a hot chocolate in Italy was at a historic cafe in Siena–the medieval town where I studied abroad my junior Continue…

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