Tag Archives: chocolate

Chocolate Teacakes with Raspberry and Lavender

Over time, I’ve found that lavender and chocolate can form a mouthwatering marriage, where the decadence of each is somehow mellowed and complemented at once. The depth of chocolate is met with unexpected earthy tones, often with crisp bits of … Continue reading

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Cardamom Banana Bites

The banana bread of my childhood was my dear grandma’s crumbly and walnut-laden loaf.  I can still taste it now, slathered with the synthetically smooth margarine she always stocked.  Being the only banana bread I knew, I really enjoyed it … Continue reading

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Sesame Halvah Cookies

My grandmother would have turned 91 last Saturday.  Since I couldn’t bring her a cake or call her and sing, I decided on a small act in her honor.  I bought some halvah – the sweet treat she always had … Continue reading

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Orange Cocoa Springerle

Poking around at an estate sale a few weeks ago, I found that things seemed picked-over for the most part.  But just when I was about ready to leave empty-handed, I saw a familiar looking wall hanging in the corner … Continue reading

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Party Cakes

Cake signals celebration.  This is one of the most powerful reasons I enjoy baking so much.  Not only does the making process feel as creative as my bygone ceramics class did; the result makes life feel decorated and, of course, … Continue reading

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