Grandma Al’s Chocolate Cake

I have no idea where my Grandmother, Alberta, found this chocolate cake recipe, but it makes the moistest, lightest, chocolaty-est chocolate cake I have ever had the good fortune of eating.  From personal experience I have found that most chocolate cakes have a tendency to turn out dense and dry.  I have never had those…

Jewelry Board

A simple and highly utilitarian craft project I came up with some time ago that serves the dual function of storing jewelry and decorating the walls. Materials: Canvas Acrylic Paint Paint Brush enough Lace to stretch over your canvas Staple Gun small, screw in, wall hooks Instructions: Paint the canvas with the acrylic paint.  I…

A. L. Graham’s

A salted butterscotch oatmeal cookie that I created for a dear friend’s bridal shower. Into its creation went a splash of bourbon and a sprinkle of pecans to harken back to Ashley’s southern roots, oatmeal since medical school has injected (pun intended) Ashley with the importance of good nutrition, and plenty of sugar and butter…

Potato Salad with Pickled Red Onions

It is the time of year when BBQ prevails, and most meals revolve around whatever meat gets thrown on the grill and a selection of the expected cold sides.  While I do like a mayonnaise based potato salad, by the time July comes around I have usually had my fill.  There is also something about…

Weave Along Pillow

In my next foray into weaving I decided to attempt the weave along I found on The Weaving Loom.  This project ended with mixed results.  I figured out early on that my discrepancy in the weight of the yarn I chose to use for the wrap and the weft was not conductive to some of…

A Snack for Dad

My dad is impossible to shop for, and it doesn’t help that his birthday is within weeks of Father’s Day.  There are a couple goodies that he loves though – pretty much anything with pretzels and peanuts.  This year for Father’s day, I have put together a pretzel, chocolate, peanut, and caramel bark.  Hopefully he…

Cloud 9 Brownies

Today I am sharing with you a closely guarded recipe – the recipe for the brownies that I have been baking for Cloud 9 Caterers.  I have been perfecting and refining this recipe for the past year, and I think I finally have it down. Ingredients: 1 cup (1/2 lb) Butter 15 oz Bittersweet Chocolate…

Farro & Quinoa Salad

A Mediterranean inspired grain salad that stock full of juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy olives, and sharp blue cheese, and dressed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.  This farro and quinoa salad is reminiscent of a farro salad I noshed on one snowy, April day at the Audubon Cafe in Boston.  Homemade variants of that salad have…

Santiago Atitlan: 3rd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Crushed Black Pepper Gnocchi

Homemade gnocchi, studded with crushed black pepper, and lightly sautéed in browned butter with a sprinkling of sea salt.  Separately, I made some caramelized onions to serve with the gnocchi along with some shaved asiago cheese. Making gnocchi can take a bit of practice, but this was my third go at it, and these tasty,…

Santiago Atitlan: 2nd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Deceptively Creamy Pasta

Deceptively creamy, because, instead of heavy cream, I use 2 oz of low fat cream cheese to round out the creamy portion of this pasta dish.  This creamy, broth based pasta sauce is flavored with plenty of garlic, vodka, and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.  A couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach and…