Birthday Cake with a Twist | Chocolate and Cardamom

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

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Darkest Night of the Year | Truffled Root Vegetable Dauphinoise

I love the Greener Grocer.  You can find so many local things at the shop as well as the occasional rare treat from farther afield.  The most recent delicacy was a quarter pound of Oregon black truffles, which will feature prominently in our Christmas Eve and Christmas day meals.  But my favorite way to use… Read More Darkest Night of the Year | Truffled Root Vegetable Dauphinoise

Locavore Dessert | Caramelized Apple Cranachan

It’s snowy and cold here in Ohio.   Perfect Christmas weather. But don’t let that weather preclude you from making something deliciously local and in season.  At the Greener Grocer in North Market, you can pick up the three or four ingredients you need for this simple, luscious dessert.  In fact, it makes a fantastic Christmas… Read More Locavore Dessert | Caramelized Apple Cranachan

Rose-scented Basmati Rice Pudding | Ohh, Lah Lah!

It’s a dessert!  Readers with a sweet tooth, rejoice!  I have yet to put one up on PK, although they’re made around here occasionally.  This one is dead simple.  Mostly because it starts with leftover Indian-spiced Basmati.  If you’ve been around the Kitchen much, you’ll remember how much I love curries.  For the pudding, I… Read More Rose-scented Basmati Rice Pudding | Ohh, Lah Lah!

Low Country in the Midwest | Ooh, Lah Lah Shrimp & Grits

Awww.  I live in the midwest!  I feel happy about that!  Most people confuse Ohio with Iowa.  But whatever, even Ruhlman (who is from Cleveland) visited here last weekend and was, I think it’s safe to say, gobsmacked by how great it is in little ol’ Columbus.  (It’s in Ohio, not Iowa, people.) So.  Dinner tonight was… Read More Low Country in the Midwest | Ooh, Lah Lah Shrimp & Grits

Kitchen Magic: Local Squash Soufflé and a Steak

A soufflé?  On a Wednesday?  Why yes!  Of course.  You know why?  Shhhh.  Because there were leftovers. Yesterday’s roasted Hubbard squash risotto meant that there was a whole half (ha!) of a squash leftover, which amounted to about 2/3 of a cup of pulp.  I had every intention of fixing something else entirely for dinner tonight, but at… Read More Kitchen Magic: Local Squash Soufflé and a Steak