Chocolate spice cake


Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you’re going to bake something to show your loved ones some affection, it’s time to get down to business. There are two days (maybe more like one and a half) left to decide what to make, so there is plenty of time to get started on a fancy, complex recipe. But if you’re like me, you want to make something delicious that’s not too complicated and is also a bit different than the ordinary chocolate chip cookies, brownies, or– dare I say it?–store-bought chocolates. Continue reading “Chocolate spice cake”

Candied orange peel


I promised you a citrus recipe, so here it is. It’s probably not what you were expecting. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting either, but you might see that here sometime this month too–it just depends on my schedule and how much room there is in the fridge.

The story of my journey to make candied orange peel: I am a big fan of the public library. I go to it at least once a month, and more often than not, I end up in the cookbook section. There are so many cookbooks there, even more cookbooks than at a bookstore! The Dewey decimal system for cookbooks is pretty odd, though; I haven’t yet figured it out, but I’m certain that there are sections for regional cooking, desserts, baking, cookies, grilling and vegetarian recipes, among others. I never know where the sections are until I start seeing titles like The Cake Bible, Cakes for Dummies and riffs on that huddled together. It’s pretty easy to deduce what the section is once you’re staring at it, though. Continue reading “Candied orange peel”

Hot fudge sauce

hotfudge2I mentioned earlier this week that all I want to do is sit around and eat ice cream. Although that’s not all that I’m doing, it is one of the things I’m doing and obviously thinking about often. Summer can be difficult for people with a big sweet tooth. There’s the conflict to turn on the oven for cookies, cake or even broiled peaches but then heat up the house, or to not turn on the oven and miss all of the goodies that you wish that you had. Therefore, the most practical summer dessert is ice cream.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an ice cream maker in the state in which I reside (but I do have one in another state– helpful, right?), so I don’t even have to make up excuses to buy it at the grocery store.

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