Candycane-less Minty Hot Cocoa

When I came up with this idea for Twelve Days of Cocoa I knew I had to pay homage to the classic pairing of chocolate and mint. Not because it’s a popular drink, but because it paints a picture of a young Daisy on Christmas Eve awaiting the annual tradition of walking around the neighborhood […] Read more…

Ganache Hot Cocoa

On the second day of cocoa my true love gave to me: two chocolate drinks and a white “chocolate” one, too. My “true love” being chocolate, of course. Chocolate gave me chocolate? Just go with it. On this aptly rainy Day Two of the Twelve Days of Cocoa I’ve decided to gift to you a […] Read more…

Twelve Days Of Cocoa

I’m sitting on the train reading Tannahill’s Food in History , nibbling a piece of creamy milk chocolate, and contemplating this journey on which I am preparing to embark: Twelve Days of Cocoa. Beginning today and ending on Christmas Day my gift to you is a new hot cocoa recipe daily. I showed you how […] Read more…

Hot Cocoa & The Christmas Spirit

I decided to not decorate for Christmas this year.  I didn’t last year, either.  Actually, last year was a therapeutic reminiscing and purging activity of holiday decor followed by post-holiday purchases with the hopes of decorating my little apartment this year.  I’m not being bah-humbug this season or anything I just wasn’t feeling up to […] Read more…

Sourdough Waffles

Jenn, one of my best friends in the whole world, had a jonesing for sourdough waffles one day. She had gone to Las Vegas with her hubby and ate breakfast at a fancy little bistro where she dined on sourdough waffles served with vanilla bean butter and fresh strawberries. She had been wanting to go […] Read more…

Sourdough Boule

Before Thanksgiving I told you about the other November holiday: Doughvember.   I made my sourdough boule.  I got my sourdough starter rehydrated (a process that took three days).  By the time I got around to actually making the dough I became very busy in my personal life.  Everyone gets busy this time of year, so […] Read more…

Happy Thanksgiving

I was talking to my mom the other day about life, and how it doesn’t always turn out the way we planned. She talked about being thankful for what we do have and looking at our lives in a different way. She referenced the film Under the Tuscan Sun. If you haven’t seen it, you […] Read more…

Doughvember

The month of November has been dubbed “Doughvember” by the lovely ladies over at Pinch My Salt and Salty Seattle.  They have each created their own sourdough starters and, along with much of the blogosphere, have been creating scrumptious sourdough recipes and sharing them with us all. I am finally joining the party!  Remember when […] Read more…

Roasted Cauliflower

  I’ve been sick for the last week and haven’t felt up to doing much of anything. Including cooking or cleaning. My kitchen is a pigsty and the rest of my apartment is about the same. I did a load of dishes the other day and was completely worn out by the time I finished. […] Read more…

French Onion Soup

Well. Fall finally fell. I am so excited! I love, love, love this weather! I have been waiting for months (and was starting to get cranky about it) for these lovely grey skies, dropping temperatures, and moisture falling from the sky. What’s that? Oh yeah, I live in Southern California. Who knows if fall will […] Read more…

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