It’s sometimes the unplanned moments that work out to be the best ones in your day. Take the morning e-mail from a thoughtful Slow Food Columbus member who types a quick joke, makes you laugh and extends an invitation to attend a chocolate tasting with Shawn Askinosie in the Jeni’s Ice Cream Kitchens. That afternoon.… Read More It Makes a Difference | Askinosie Chocolate Tasting
It’s not the holidays without at least one cookie exchange. This year I wanted to make a traditional cookie (the ubiquitous crinkle) with just a slight kick. Enter Sichuan pepper: not related at all to black peppercorns or chili peppers, it’s used most commonly in Chinese and Japanese cooking. It is a most unusual spice,… Read More Cookie Exchange | Chocolate-Sichuan Pepper Crinkles
Birthdays call for cakes. Half birthdays, pudding. Cherub celebrated her four and half years in this world just this past Friday. We had pudding as a special I-turned-four-and-a-half dessert. Homemade chocolate pudding is no harder than a box mix, honestly. Just just need a few ingredients. Like anything else. But these few ingredients can make… Read More Because You’re Only 4 1/2 Once | Chocolate Pudding
After nights of pierogies and mounds of mashed potatoes and roast chicken, I yearn for something light. Almost ethereal. This dinner is the lightest of light. Nary a protein to be found. Strictly vegetables. And a bit of white chocolate. What? Tonight’s dinner took the oh-so-seasonal cauliflower and transformed that single veg into both a… Read More Aggressively Vegetarian | Cauliflower “Steaks”
My sister-in-law can bake. These blondies are her latest creation and chock-full of wonderful, local-to-Columbus ingredients from Krema Nut. They’re perfect for back to school snack and equally great for the beginning of football season. These will be devoured almost instantaneously at any tailgate you bring them to, I daresay even a Michigan one. These… Read More My New Favorite Dessert | Krema Buckeye Blondies
I picked this up in Brussels. You can get yours here from the good folks at le Chocoholique.
I have fond memories of Demeter baking (and filling with chocolate whipped cream) my favorite cake every year for my birthday. Come to think of it, it is universally the favorite cake of everyone in my family, including Zeus and my sis. I’ve made it for years: sponge cake filled to capacity with luscious chocolate… Read More Birthday Cake with a Twist | Chocolate and Cardamom