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Re:Hot Chocolate Layer Cake with Homemade Marshmallows

This cake is delicious and makes for a very impressive presentation. It's beautiful to look at, and it's perfect at a party because a very thin slice is more than enough to satisfy even the most voracious chocoholic.After making this a couple times now I have a few tips:Make the frosting the night before and just freeze it overnight. Pull it out when you start the cake and by the time it's ready to frost the frosting will be soft enough to whip and spread.The marshmallows need to be made in a cool room. If your oven really heats up your kitchen, you need to crank the A/C because if the room is warm the marshmallows won't set up correctly and you'll end up with a gooey (delicious) mess. Also, other reviewers suggested using parchment paper to line the marshmallow pan instead of (or in addition to) the foil and using a pizza cutter to cut them. Both tips make things MUCH easier.I'm not much of a chocolate cake fan, but this recipe is a keeper.


Posted: 07:56 pm on May 21st 2011

Re:Chocolate French Toast

What a fantastic variation on French toast! The extra prep time is worth it, and if you are making this for a big weekend breakfast, you can prepare almost everything else while the bread marinates and then throw them on the griddle at the last minute. There's a lot of opportunity for customization as well: add some cinnamon and chili for a Mexican version or a little nutmeg for a seasonal treat.


Posted: 01:33 pm on February 14th 2010

Re:Pulled-Pork Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Four Cheeses

Outstanding! This recipe has changed my opinion of Mac & Cheese. It's worthy of a special occasion dinner, but goes just as well with a simple green salad and balsamic vinaigrette. Unless you are serving some hearty eaters, this makes well more than 6 servings. . .I'd say 8-10 good size portions.


Posted: 03:24 am on January 4th 2010

Re:Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing

Excellent addition to the Thanksgiving meal. We make it with chorizo and add some chilies to the other peppers for a fun twist on tradition!


Posted: 05:17 am on November 25th 2009

Re:Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Apricots

Super easy to make but elegant and a real crowd-pleaser. A great economical alternative to bacon-wrapped scallops. These have become a dinner party staple at our house.


Posted: 04:56 am on November 25th 2009