Three Little Birds

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. ~ Murphy’s Law Edward Murphy probably never imagined that his statement would someday become law. The old adage now symbolizes the error-prone nature of people and processes. If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the… Read More

A Little Cake for Two

Children’s birthdays these days are often a really big deal. Many times they involve elaborate parties with lots of interesting décor, guests, food, sugar, entertainment, and great goodie bags. Big parties—sometimes stressful for the hosts and/or the child—can be nice and a lot of fun, but I find I tend to gravitate towards the idea… Read More

Quinoa-Polenta Cake with Fava Beans, Peas and Basil-Cilantro Purée

It’s early in the morning and everyone is still asleep at my home. I’m up early, sipping tea from a small gourd filled with yerba mate, a South American beverage that I’ll have to write about some time in another post. Now, it’s time to focus and seize this opportunity—quiet time for me to write and share… Read More

Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This cake is loaded with chocolate! This chocolate cake has often been the climax of many special evening meals I’ve shared with family and friends. It’s lusciously coated with two layers of a decadent ganache and topped with a mountain of semisweet chocolate curls! To take you to the dreamy land of chocolate-hazelnut bliss, the cake… Read More

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done. — Anonymous For the Thanksgiving holiday I contemplated making one of several different kinds of fabulous desserts—a pumpkin cheesecake, a cranberry and walnut tart, a pecan praline pie, and a fruit galette.… Read More

Ultimate Banana Bread

“Any 10-year-old can make the typical dry, bland banana bread. But if you want to make a moist, tender loaf with over-the-top banana flavor, you need to think like a scientist.” — Cook’s Illustrated Magazine The above quote was at the beginning of a recipe I came across a few years ago for Ultimate Banana Bread… Read More