gingerbread farm

gingerbread farm

while stuck in the sweltering reality of durham's 98 degree heat, i've found myself entertaining reveries of winter days spent in minnesota - what i would give to be taking a long walk through freshly fallen snow, or climbing up the first few icy rungs of a grain silo's ladder! i've built a little fantasy farm with gingerbread [...]

brown sugar honey cake with carrot ganache and crushed honeycomb

brown sugar honey cake with carrot ganache and crushed honeycomb

do honeycombs make your skin crawl? does the sight of caviar make you nauseous? do you feel extreme discomfort after looking at close-ups of pores or hair follicles? if you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably have trypophobia! the term is unofficial, but many (myself included) claim to be afflicted with the fear. trypophobia [...]

chocolate malt cake with malt fudge and charred marshmallows

chocolate malt cake with malt fudge and charred marshmallows

many describe childhood as tasting like strawberry poptarts, animal crackers, and crustless pb&js. to me, it tastes like ovaltine powder scooped straight from the jar. i skipped the milk and relied on saliva to keep me from choking, allowing the powder to moisten into a thick, fudgy paste in the back of my throat. ovaltine is [...]

deep dark chocolate truffle cake

deep dark chocolate truffle cake

makes one six-inch cake, eight servings My mom bought a huge bag of assorted Lindor truffles. Some are filled with white chocolate, some contain a rich peanut butter mousse, and some (my personal favorite) are wrapped in shiny black foil, with an extra dark chocolate shell enrobing a smooth dark chocolate center. This cake encapsulates the truffle's bittersweet richness, and [...]

a week of citrus

a week of citrus

Have you ever had a chocolate covered orange? Back when my family hung up stockings (thank you so much to my parents for not depriving my brother and me of the joy of waking up to a stocking even though we're J E W I S H), I'd always find a big, round, shiny foil-wrapped [...]