Chocolate Blueberry Dahlia Cake

I think we all have our own visions of what we consider to be the ultimate death by chocolate experience, and well, this is mine. I love chocolate in all forms, most especially dark chocolate. It's rich, smooth and just amazingly good. Even better it's high in antioxidants, which is how I justify in my mind eating it daily!...more
@AnIrishVillagePantry Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it! more

Chocolate Blueberry Dahlia Cake

I think we all have our own visions of what we consider to be the ultimate death by chocolate experience, and well, this is mine. I love chocolate in all forms, most especially dark chocolate. It's rich, smooth and just amazingly good. Even better it's high in antioxidants, which is how I justify in my mind eating it daily!...more
@angeloncaffeine Cointreau would work wonderfully in this recipe, although I'm a bit biased as I ... more

Road Testing Food Apps for Thanksgiving

Everything's coming up food apps this week before Thanksgiving, and I recently bought an iPad, so -- voila -- the first post in a periodic series looking at Food & Drink Tech. ...more
Paprika is my favourite food app by far. I use it all the time to store recipes and I use it to ... more

Spiced Pear Ice Cream (Without a Machine)

[Editor's Note: Though ice cream may not be the first food that comes to mind during the cold months, this seasonal treat may change your mind. It would be a perfect option to end Thanksgiving dinner, too, if you're looking for an alternative to traditional pies. And best of all, you won't need an ice cream maker to make this dessert! --Genie] Spiced Pear Ice Cream (no machine required!) ...more
Looks amazing!!! I love pears! more

How to Give your Page an Edge on Google+

Now that Google+ Pages has launched you might be asking yourself, do you really need another page for your business? The answer is yes. Though there is a lot of debate on whether Google+ is going to be a truly competitive social network for Facebook, there is one area that Facebook cannot compete and that is SEO.SEO (search engine optimization) is one of the most powerful tools that Google+ has to offer a business....more
@Lauren Macewen Thanks Lauren. :D My page is http://plus.google.com/108418210568649355372 more

Will the Internet Make Cookbooks Obsolete?

Though I have cut down on the number of cookbooks I own, I still have several shelves in my quite-small apartment dedicated to printed tomes on cooking. Whether it's staples like The Joy of Cooking or How To Cook Everything, or special books that were gifted to me, like Cooking New Istanbul Style or The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook, I treasure being able to flip through the pages to recipes I've tried before or want to try later....more
I don't think the internet will ever completely replace cookbooks. While I sometimes cook off ... more

How to Give your Page an Edge on Google+

Now that Google+ Pages has launched you might be asking yourself, do you really need another page for your business? The answer is yes. Though there is a lot of debate on whether Google+ is going to be a truly competitive social network for Facebook, there is one area that Facebook cannot compete and that is SEO.SEO (search engine optimization) is one of the most powerful tools that Google+ has to offer a business....more
I set up my page yesterday, but there are some great tips here. Unfortunately I chose the wrong ... more

Holiday Party Fare: Rosemary Roasted Figs

When we first got married, Loren asked me if we could try out a few recipes to figure out which ones we could call "our" recipes. He meant the ones that would be our go-to recipes: the ones that would and could be the comfort food we go to when we're tired and don't know what else to make, that we would try to always have ingredients on hand for, and that would remind our future children of home. Needless to say, I was excited by the idea (how sweet, isn't it?!). ...more
What a fabulous accompaniment to cheese!! I love this idea. more

Turn Leftover Halloween Candy Into Bark

Yesterday, during a meeting at my office, a coworker told me that the "Halloween Bear" visits his house two weeks after the candy-laden holiday, and the bear takes away any of the treats that haven't been eaten yet. In my house when I was growing up, I got to eat a reasonable amount of my spoils from trick-or-treating, and then the rest went into the freezer to be doled out slowly over the next few months. Of course, my Dad and I would sneak fun-sized bars from that stash when my mother wasn't looking, so it generally disappeared faster than she might have expected....more
What a fantastic idea!!! And delicious too! more