Ah, macarons. They are such wonderful and enigmatic things. The first time that I tasted a macaron was at a chocolate festival. There was a French bakery showcasing these delicate meringue and almond flour confections, and it was love at first bite. Since then, they hold a special place in my heart. Making them, on
Skip to Recipe After Halloween, I did something really stupid. I went to the store and perused the racks with the clearance Halloween candy, and ended up leaving with enough candy to last me several months. Normally, this isn’t really a problem. I have a candy jar at my desk at work that was always
Skip to Recipe One of the plus sides of knowing your way around the kitchen is that food is quite often an acceptable form of currency in my social circle. Oftentimes, people will happily trade goods and services for the right dish. And, really, who ISN’T more likely to lend a helping hand if it
Skip to Recipe I have a serious problem. I obsess over things. All it takes is for the small seed of an idea to be planted, and the idea grows at an exponential rate and grabs hold of my brain. Then, it won’t let go. It’s this tendency to obsess that will lead me to
Everyone knows that I don’t generally turn down a food festival when there is chocolate involved. So, March 9th found me wandering around Pinecrest Gardens and sampling all sorts of delectable bites. Compared to last year’s event, this was one considerably smaller. It was a bit of a letdown, but it was still a beautiful
One upon a time, a molten chocolate cake or chocolate lava cake was classy ending to a fancy meal. Then, it started cropping up at chains like Red Lobster, Chili’s, and Applebee’s. And, when you can get a dessert at a place where a group of servers will sing to you on your birthday while
Skip to Recipe You know those people that go to the grocery store and grab a bunch of stuff that they don’t need because it’s on sale? Well, guilty as charged. In particular, I grab ingredients that might come in handy for baking. I can’t help myself. It goes into my shopping cart as I
The results are in! Each batch of cupcakes was baked the same way. Same recipe. Same quantities. Same baking time. The only difference was the brand of cocoa powder added in each batch of cupcake batter. Even before the tasting, you can see the subtle differences!