Chocolate Beet Cake

  I have this sweater.  Black wool, full-zip style with a high neck.  It has cream piping along the sides and the zipper, including the zippers on the sleeves.  Its style is timeless rather than trendy.  A sweater for all seasons, it’s neither too heavy nor too light.  It’s at least 10 years old but its […]

Benoîtons with Chocolate Chips

  On the day of our departure from France my husband and I rose early.  Already on “home” mode, we packed the night before and, after a light breakfast, went about tidying up the apartment we rented during the last half of our vacation (more on this in an upcoming post).  It had been a […]

Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

  There’s something about putting together a chocolate dessert that is so satisfying (lemon desserts, too, for that matter).  For Easter lunch with my family I was asked to bring something sweet.  A cake is what first came to mind but a few days before Easter I picked up my iPad and flipped through old […]

Chocolate-Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

  My stove has been doing the strangest thing for the last couple of years.  When the range is warm from the oven or broiler being used, I can’t use the low setting of my front burners without the igniter clicking incessantly.  Over time, I’ve figured out that If I turn on one of the […]

Chocolate Caramel Blueberry Trifle

  Though I generally lean towards simple, classic foods, putting a twist on an old favorite can be a treat for the taste buds, too.  I’ve shared quite a few recipes here that I’ve left my mark on by putting what some might consider an unusual spin or two–but mostly, they’ve been well received.  I’ve […]

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Oat Muffins

  Are there foods you really like but don’t eat often enough?  Not because they’re hard to find or to make but because you don’t think of them?  It may seem silly to not enjoy something so accessible but there are a couple of items that fit into this category for me:  tuna salad sandwiches, […]

Chocolate-Coconut Scones

  I’m on a mission to try all the fitness classes at my neighborhood gym.  I signed up years ago to have a place to work out when bad weather wouldn’t permit me to run or ride my bike.  I’ve taken advantage of the swimming pool, the weight room and the cardio machines; I even […]

Chocolate Waffles with Caramelized Bananas

  I spent a day this past weekend catching up with my family–my parents, my sisters, nieces and nephews.  Typical of most of our family gatherings, the day was centered around food.  The large, round table at the restaurant overflowed with more food than we could eat.  It was always this way growing up–everyone was […]