Valentine Blackout Cake with Chocolate Crunch

Fudgy chocolate frosting under a coat of crunchy chocolate crumbs hugs layers of chocolate cake. Decorated with ombré sugar rosebuds, this cake recipe will make your Valentine swoon! Mrs. W gave me some heart-shaped cake pans as a gift some 20 years ago. She does wonderful gestures like this, some out of the blue, as […]

Stabilized Whipped Cream

Stabilized whipped cream has lasting power to hold shape and form over the standard, unfortified variety. This recipe will get you on your way to beautiful desserts! Manufacturing cream was first introduced to me more than two decades ago. I was waiting tables at Coco’s/South Coast Plaza (another story for another time) when I became […]

Sugarbread Cookies

  I believe it’s important to engage kids in the kitchen: To get their hands working, minds thinking and conversations flowing. It helps them to see that a hot meal doesn’t magically appear on the table. It opens their eyes to planning, budgeting and improvisation. Most importantly, teaching kids kitchen work forms bonds that are […]