Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes (with Zucchini)

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Shortly after I declared zucchini week, Victoria let me know via twitter that she was hosting a Zucchini and Chocolate Blog Party.  So I decided it was time to bring out the big guns and invite chocolate to the zucchini week party.  Since my sister also keeps a gluten free diet, I wanted to come up with a dessert that she could make too.  Plus, we’d recently been looking at gluten-free recipes for her, and they haven’t been totally accessible since her pantry is lacking in things like agar agar and xantham gum.  I wanted this dessert recipe to be … Continue reading

Rustic Plum Tart

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The plum trees in our back yard have been positively prolific (and inspiring of alliteration).  We’ve made plum jam (lots and lots) which is worthy of a post all its own.  Frankly, the immensely self-satisfied feeling you get from canning your own jam and hearing the lids vacuum shut could probably make up for the most horrible mistake-filled day at work.  Or maybe that’s just me. Anyways, we had a lot of plums.  They were literally littering our backyard.  After some searching, I came across this Orangette recipe.  I’m always thrilled when I go recipe searching and one of the … Continue reading

Cupcakes and Champagne: A Brunch Bridal Shower

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The last few weeks have been a total whirlwind, between a week long work conference, some work craziness while I was home, and a crazy trip back to Boston for two bridal showers and a bachelorette party, things have been nutty!  My sister’s bridal shower had been preceded by months of emails and planning, yet somehow seeing 42 people actually standing all on my parents’ back deck was a little different then just seeing the number 42 on the list of RSVPs.. yikes!  We had a brunch menu with mimosas, and my mom and my aunt did serious kitchen duty … Continue reading

Macaroon Tart: Recipe

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So I promised you a recipe.  It’s not precisely mine to share, so you’ll have to go to 101 Cookbooks to get the exact details.  I just swapped out the cherries for blackberries and strawberries because that’s what I had on hand, and also because pitting cherries is a dreadful chore.  Especially when you don’t own a cherry pitter. Heidi’s recipes have never steered me wrong, and this tart was surprisingly simple.  I have vague memories of making a fruit tart that involved multiple steps, many ingredients, a sticky, gloppy glaze, and far too many temper tantrums on my part.  … Continue reading

Macaroon Tart

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I’m too tired to even think about dessert right now (a rare and shocking event), but trust me you’re going to want to make this tart.  All I can offer you tonight is this picture; more to follow shortly.  In the meantime, I hope posting this will let me dream sweet dreams of coconut and raspberries.  Who needs sugarplum dreams when it’s berry season?

Ice Cream Sandwiches for the Fourth of July

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I skipped the red, white and blue theme for dessert this fourth.  To be honest, the blue glitter dipped strawberries kind of freaked me out, and red, white and blue cake just makes me think of what chemicals are in the food coloring.  Also, J has a thing for chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve been using this recipe lately with great success.  I usually make 6-12 cookies at a time, and freeze the rest of the dough to use later.  I wanted to make homemade ice cream sandwiches, but I wasn’t sure the easiest way to get the ice cream to … Continue reading

The Best Piece of Chocolate I’ve Ever Eaten

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I picked this up by accident, or perhaps by divine intervention, while at Berkeley Bowl.  I had run in to the store, just to pick up vitamins, and found myself in the totally crazy natural foods aisle.  The foods that stock the natural foods aisle in most grocery stores just have normal homes in Berkeley Bowl.  We’re crunchy like that. This aisle in Berkeley Bowl is home to things like maca powder and marshmallow root.  My hand was drawn to the coconut cacao cup by an almost magnetic attraction.  This was nearly stopped short, by a price tag of $2.85 … Continue reading