Sunday, October 17, 2010


Yesterday we got married! (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Today we hosted a birthday dinner for our friend Loretta. We had lasagna for dinner and I'd been told that Loretta likes tiramisu. Now, I've never made tiramisu, and it ended up being a pretty busy weekend, so I decided to make a tiramisu inspired cake!

It was chocolate cake moistened with a coffee syrup. The filling was tiramisu's cream that is made with marscapone. (I added orange extract for an extra zing.) It was frosted with orange flavored seven minute frosting. Then I dipped lady fingers in the coffee syrup and lined the perimeter of the cake with them. To finish, I shaved dark chocolate with the microplane for a garnish.

Everyone really seemed to enjoy dessert, so it went fabulous as far as I'm concerned! :)

What a great weekend! HOORAY

Thursday, October 7, 2010

almost married!

today we applied for a marriage license--WOOHOO!!!!!!! :) Now I'm baking my first ever coconut cake for a dear friend's birthday. life is good.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

new and exciting!

today we discovered fresh ginger root at the farmer's market in dc! you can see what it looks like here...

unlike the cured stuff you find in the store, this is tender, oh so spicy, and downright delicious. So I made stir fry and it was most definitely a "visit the kitchen for seconds" meal.

since you've been gone...

Hello friends! I wanted to let you know we haven't disappeared from the face of the planet. Since our last post we have moved (and now have a kitchen 3 times the size of the little one) and are planning a wedding!

This week in the kitchen I've been experimenting (because I should be writing curriculum) with shortbread. So far I've tried a brown sugar lavender and a toffee chocolate chip.... both were good but have an unidentifiable aftertaste I don't really like... I've decided this is a) because our cookie sheet is due for a hardcore cleaning, or b) because I used earth balance (part of our attempt to use fewer animal products and enjoy a lower cholesterol diet). I know I know, a recipe is only as good as the ingredients you use, so this week I'll attempt shortbread again with my oh so favorite (oh so bad for me) butter!

I'll let you know how it all turns out. In the meantime, if you're looking for yummy recipes, check out smitten kitchen!