Mini Chocolate Layer Cakes

Occasion: My best friend is home and I wanted to try a mini “naked” cake. Recipe: America’s Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1.5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder 1/2 cup boiling water 1/4 sour cream, room temperature 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup all-purpose…

Chicken with Charred Rosemary Vinaigrette

Occasion:¬† Family dinner – simply a time for us to share a meal and enjoy each other’s company, while we eat good food. Recipe: Food & Wine Magazine, May 2017 Ingredients: Four 4-inch rosemary sprigs 3 Tbsp. Champagne vinegar¬†Substituted Kikkoman rice vinegar 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil Kosher…

Chicken Enchiladas

Occasion: Dinner on a Thursday – everyone’s home for dinner, all at once. Recipe: Courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen,¬†adapted by The Dainty Chef. Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped fine 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine 1 teaspoon canola oil 3 medium cloves garlic, minced 3 Tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 3 teaspoons sugar…

Individual Blueberry Crumbles

Occasion: Thanksgiving Dinner, Round 2 Recipe: Courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch Salt 10 oz (2 cups) blueberries 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup oats (I used Quaker Oats) 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 tablespoons unsalted butter Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375…

White Chocolate Banana Scones

Occasion: Finally home after delayed travels and a soppy, rainy day. It’s also the night before the first day back at work and I figure it’d be nice to bring breakfast for the team in Room 5. Recipe: Courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen (modified) Ingredients: 1 c all purpose flour 2 tbsp sugar 1 1/2…