Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Cake

This is an incredible combination of delicious pear fruityness and dark chocolate goodness all wrapped up in a delightful cake. The key is to slice the pears very thin, almost like a tarte tatin, and then layer the slices between the chocolate. I had never baked with pears before so this first attempt turned out…

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake

I first made this cake the day after my grandfather died. So this post is in honor of Grandpa Danny (1927 – 2009) Ingredients Recipe courtesy of Orangette 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan 5 oz. unsweetened chocolate ¼ cup…

Superbowl Snack Preview

The big game! Yay! Now I’ll admit: it’s Friday and I don’t know who’s playing this Sunday (I think the Steelers? And who else?). However, I like watching football. I may not know players’ names or what call means what, but I am completely in awe of the athletic ability on display. I may not…

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These are my favorite snacks that I haven’t had enough of in my life. The combination of salty and sweet is a pure delight. Plus, the recipe is super easy! What’s not to love? Ingredients An Emily Original! 1 bag of thin original pretzels 1 1/2 bags white chocolate chips 1/2 cup water 2-3 tubes…

A Party My Mom Would be Proud Of

My parents are the king and queen of throwing parties. Growing up we always were celebrating something. Our Hannukkah party was the party of the year for our family; celebrating every year for 24 years! In helping my mom cook and prepare for a party with usually 60-80 people in attendance, I like to think…

Happy Thanksgiving: Desserts!

Last weekend our plans for Thanksgiving got turned inside out and upside down. We were going to go back to North Carolina. Then maybe California. Then definitely Ohio. Then none of the above. Then we decided to stay put, avoid ridiculously expensive airline tickets and long drives. We discovered that several of our friends were…

Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie

After I finished making the pumpkin pie, I had about cup or more of the pumpkin filling left. Feel creative, I put together the following: Ingredients Pumpkin pie filling (see pumpkin pie recipe) 1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers 1/4 cup sugar 5 T. butter,…

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

And the fourth and final dessert of Thanksgiving 2008! Recipe from Rachael Ray Ingredients For pie crust: 1 1/4 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 stick plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup ice water For filling: 2 large eggs 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 2 1/2 cups pecan halves…