Tuesdays With Dorie: Boca Negra

Today the Tuesdays With Dorie baking group has put together another fabulous Julia Child recipe for Boca Negra.   Boca Negra actually means black mouth. That black mouth allegedly comes from eating this intensely chocolate cake. I say allegedly since I haven’t actually tasted this one yet! The recipe calls for twelve ounces of bittersweet chocolate … Read more

Healthified Triple Chocolate Pie

With Valentine’s Day next week wouldn’t it be lovely to make a chocolate pie to share with those you love?  How about a chocolate pie that is fast and easy?  How about 58% less fat and 33% fewer calories than the original recipe? Now am I talking your love language? The recipe can easily be … Read more

French Apple Tart

It Tuesdays With Dorie which means I have baked from Dorie Greenspan’s book,  Baking With Julia.  I’ve never made a french apple tart and this week’s recipe got my attention. Dorie writes, “This open-faced tart is beautiful … beneath the gossamer blossom is what the French call a compote, a sweet, thick purée of oven-roasted … Read more

Aromatic Fruit Compote

At a holiday luncheon my sous-chef dish-washing mom and I were served a warm fruit compote alongside a delicious egg strata.  Mom is absolutely crazy about fruit in about any form.  Me, not so much. As a matter of fact I usually loathe anything that even resembles cherry.  However, in the interest of politeness I … Read more

Peppermint Bark and Cookbook Winners — Yes 2 Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win this cookbook.  I am so pleased to be wrapping it up to send to Terri Conner.  Terri is a regular follower through Facebook and often shares her comments!  Congratulations Terri! But wait … there’s more! It’s Christmas and I just couldn’t resist sending this 2012 Southern Living … Read more

Black Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day I was taking my friend Susan Christmas shopping and she asked me if we were making any chocolate chip cookies for Christmas. I told her I hadn’t thought about it but that we could.  She said “Oh I would just love some homemade chocolate chip cookies!”  Chocolate chip cookies are so classic … Read more

The Easiest Upside-Down German Chocolate Cake (and The Cookbook Winner Is…)

Congratulations to Cheryl Harris winner of this week’s cookbook giveaway. Cheryl will be receiving Dorie Greenspan’s book, BAKING, from my house to yours! Thank you to everyone who entered to win.  Not-to-worry if you didn’t win, I have another giveaway starting this week! I really try not to get too excited about knock ’em dead recipes … Read more

Peppermint Fudge Cake Rolls

With Thanksgiving falling early this year it seems like a long time until December 1.  I am thankfully ready to let the Christmas baking begin! I have so many recipes to share and stories to tell I was stumped as to where I should start. Then I came across the recipe for a Peppermint Cake … Read more

TWD: Best-Ever Brownies

Before you say “What? brownies the week of Thanksgiving and just before Christmas? How boring.”  Oh, wait a minute, that is what I mumbled to myself as I began today’s project. Boy was I wrong! Twice a month a group of 400+ bakers join together, bake the same recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Baking With … Read more