Category Archives: Chocolate

Autumn Birthday Cake

Once a year I delve in a several-hour project – making my niece’s birthday cake. Proudly, I’ve made cakes for seven or her eight birthdays.  Something different each year – girlie with pink and purple flowers, trains, animals, Tigger.  We’ve … Continue reading

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White or Wheat

It used to be that the number one question I would get from my students is, “Do you watch Top Chef?” Thankfully, that question has taken a back seat to:  “Can I make this with whole wheat flour?”  This tell-tale … Continue reading

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My Favorite Brownies

There are a lot of brownie recipes out there.  A lot! Probably more brownie recipes than any other cookie, except chocolate chip.  I’ve tried a lot of them over the years and so many of them are good. But I … Continue reading

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Cacao Nib Nougatine

Several years ago when I was a fledgling pastry cook, I worked at The Wauwinet Inn, a small Relais-Chateau hotel on Nantucket Island.  The inn, frequented by elite and celebrities who wanted to escape (the Zagats were regular guests), was … Continue reading

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Cocoa Sables

When it’s right, it’s right.  Right?  That’s the best way to describe Dorie Greenspan’s new cookbook Around My French Table. I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon so quickly.  But having baked from many of Dorie’s other books, I … Continue reading

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