• Food

    Chocolate Mint Cake with Fresh Mint Buttercream Frosting

    I spent the better part of my day in the kitchen today – but some really yummy things came out of it, and so it was work well worth it! I tried two new recipes – this chocolate mint cake and chicken parmesan casserole (I’ll post that next). They both turned out so, so good! This spring, I decided to grow some “easy” herbs – basil, rosemary and mint. So far, so good – it’s all still alive! Until today, I hadn’t used any of the mint and so I’ve been searching for something to do with it. My love for Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies made me naturally think of…

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    Brownie Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

    My husband is a chocoholic. The guy loves anything chocolate. So for Father’s Day, I made him the ultimate chocolate dessert – a brownie bundt cake with chocolate ganache. The idea began last night when he was searching for chocolate (to which we only had chocolate ice cream), and he started throwing out chocolate wish-list ideas. “I want chocolate cake… no brownies… no a brownie cake. But not with icing, with ganache!” Viola. A quick Pinterest search and I had a plan for the next day. Brogan decided to help me make the Father’s Day cake – he’s getting good at measuring and stirring, so his assistance is more of a…

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    Chocolate Cobbler

    I can’t believe I’ve been blogging about food (and my recipes) for 9 months and have not shared chocolate cobbler with everyone. Shame on me. I was inspired to make this dessert 4 or 5 years ago after having something very similar at a restaurant… it was so good that I had to figure out how to make it. Well I found this recipe online (been too long, can’t recall the source) and it is a really good copycat.  For a while there, this was my go-to… need a dessert? I’ll bring chocolate cobbler!  So nudged by my husband having a chocolate sweet tooth lately and having company over for dinner on Sunday,…

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    Chocolate Espresso Cake

    Baking sweets is starting to be an every weekend occurrence.  Whereas I used to be immune to the smell of something sweet and chocolaty baking in the oven, the sweet tooth I gained with my last pregnancy is still with me. Bummer. I asked Brogan what he wanted to bake today and he said birthday cake. Well, it’s no one’s birthday, so we just made cake. I modified a German Chocolate cake recipe I found in one of Blake’s chefy cookbooks by adding some instant coffee. I once watched an episode of Barefoot Contessa and Ina Garten swore by adding a little instant coffee to chocolate desserts because it would…

  • Holidays

    Day 5 – Chocolate War

    So our elf got into a little chocolate combat with some of his friends last night… While initially excited, when Brogan discovered that Max had used all of his Oreos to build his fortress, he was slightly miffed. Oops. Click here to see what else our elf has done this year.

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    Brownie Cookies

    When I got home from work today, Brogan asked me if we could make cookies. Now baking is not typically a weekday affair, but I’ve found that sometimes it’s fun to throw the routine out the window and just go with it. So instead of making dinner, we made cookies (and ate leftovers). Brogan helped, Beckett stayed entertained with chips and hummus and it was a fun night in this house. When I asked Brogan what kind of cookies he wanted to make he replied, “Chocolate. But not with chips.” Hmm. Ok then. Off to Pinterest I went and found this recipe. I cut it in half, but followed it…

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    Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

    We love cookies at my house – especially Brogan.  He loves to help make them, and he loves to help eat them even more.  Double chocolate chip has recently become my favorite cookie, and so I’ve been trying different recipes in search of the perfect one – for me, this one is it!  They are chocolaty and chewy and it is hard to eat just one.  The perfect accompaniment to tall glass of milk.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Double Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter 2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp…

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    Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

    I decided to do some more experimenting with cupcakes last weekend (yes, I’m behind on the food posting!)  The chocolate cupcake was basic, but the star of this show was the cookie dough frosting!  I found this on Pinterest and had to try it out – success!  It is definitely not your typical frosting – it is exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough without the eggs. I modified the recipe slightly – I opted for a little less flour.  Next time I make it, I will add a little white sugar too to sweeten it up a little more.  These were a great variation from your standard cupcake icing, especially…

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    Chocolate Banana Bread

    It was chocolate banana bread for breakfast in our house this morning! It’s like a cross between brownies and banana bread and is so good! I found this recipe on Pinterest and stuck to it exactly (except for cooking time – in an effort to speed it up, I went 375 for 60 minutes, and it worked out just fine!). Enjoy! Chocolate Banana Bread 3 very ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 tsp baking soda 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup semi-sweet…