Lucky in Lime Stoutcakes

The mint madness is underway. If I could, I’d take a shillelagh and knock that “festive” flavor out of the month of March. I get it. It’s green. I love mint. I really do. I just ate Thin Mints. But they didn’t make me think of St. Patrick’s Day. So at a time when Scope…

Dark Chocolate Rosemary Brownies with Caramel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a merry mess in your kitchen. Cookie swaps. Edible gifts. Snacks for Santa. Surely you’ve baked something sweet at this point, right? So far, I could’ve done flour angels on my counters and skied upon the mounds of baking mixes catapulted from an overexcited stand mixer.

Handmade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Say what you want about Valentine’s Day.. It’s a gimmick.. The greeting card companies invented it.. The day’s depressing for singles.. Whatever. Just realize that this is the one day of the year that you can eat chocolate and not feel guilty about it.

Andrea’s Chocolate Heaven Pie with Cannoli Cream

I met Andrea through my partner in cuisine crime. She and our friend Larry came over for lunch about a year ago. They were on a no-carb diet. I went bonkers trying to come up with a carb-free meal. It was no easy task given the fact that my middle name is potato. The day…

Must Try: Flourless Chocolate Cake & Salted Caramel Sauce

As much as I love pasta and potatoes, I think dessert has to be my biggest weakness. Every night my partner in cuisine crime and I look at each other and say, “What’s for dessert?” There’s a certain, otherwise unattainable, joy that comes with a sweet treat. For me, cake belongs on a pedestal, literally…

Must Try: No Guilt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies seem so innocent. They’re automatic portion control. Even if you have one the size of a hubcap, it’s still just one, right? Well, store bought cookies, no matter the size, are usually packed with bad oils and preservatives, not to mention way too much sugar. The good news is that cookies are really easy…

Mostess Hostess Cake

When Hostess said, ‘stick a toothpick in me I’m done,’ I had this instant fit of sadness. No more Twinkies? No more CupCakes? Ding Dongs are dead? Then it hit me. I hadn’t had a Twinkie in 10 years, give or take 10 more. But I knew they were there when, or if, I had…

Ingredient Introduction #29 & #30 – Arrowroot & Pink Peppercorns

I’m a sucker for good chocolate and candies. This doesn’t apply to M&M’s or Swedish fish, though I like both of them. Creamy truffles and gooey salted caramels get my attention. They’re the kind of treats I usually find when I’m out of town. On Friday, my workday brought me to Asheville, North Carolina. Locals…