• Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Favorite foods: Chocolate. Peanut butter. Bread. Cheese. North Carolina barbecue. Greek food, Mexican food, Thai food. Breakfast. Cake. Coffee.
  • Last bite on earth: A huge spoonful of Nutella.

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Bake the Book: Seriously Bitter Sweet

Chocolate Ganache Cake (recipe adapted from Epicurious).

Bake the Book: Desserts for Every Season

Nothing beats a spring dessert made with the first sweet strawberries. Shortcake, pie, homemade ice cream...all better with strawberries!

Bake the Book: Say It With Cake!

Epicurious' Chocolate Ganache Cake. Best chocolate cake ever, hands down.

Bake the Book: Glazed, Filled, Sugared, & Dipped

I adore a chocolate-glazed cruller. But sometimes a simple bag of hot and fresh doughnut holes, dipped in butter, and rolled in cinnamon-sugar really hits the spot.

A Sandwich a Day: Parisienne French Dip at The French Pantry in Jacksonville, FL

I just moved to Jax, and the French Pantry has been an oasis in a culinary desert. Their bruschetta variations are all delicious, and I'm seriously considering making a slice of "Wedding Cake" my birthday lunch this year.

Cook the Book: 'Kitchen Garden Cookbook'

Anything. I have the world's blackest thumb. You could give me the most beautiful kitchen garden ever, and I'd manage to kill everything in it within days, guaranteed.

Open Thread: What's One Food You Wish You Liked?

Seafood. I love shrimp, but just about anything, thanks. Some of it's a textural issue (ie: scallops, oysters), some is a taste issue (ie: crab, even lobster...I just don't see what the big deal is at all). But I do wonder sometimes if I'm missing out..

Bake the Book: Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned To Cook

Soup, when it's cold outside. Mac and cheese. Brownies. Peanut butter.

Bake the Book: La Boulange Bakery: Cafe Cooking At Home

Pain au chocolate. Macarons. Opera cake. Things that are labor intensive that I rarely have time to make myself.

Heading to Nashville

I've lived in Nashville almost 9 years...completely agree with @goochybird about the Pancake Pantry. Marche or the Silly Goose (both in east Nash) for brunch/lunch. The Pharmacy or Burger Up for burgers, Mas Tacos por Favor for Mexican (as authentic as I've ever tasted), Pied Piper or Jeni's for ice cream, Patterson House for drinks, Crema or Barista Parlor for coffee. And yes, by all means, you MUST go to Las Paletas and get popsicles dipped in Olive & Sinclair chocolate. (I'd stock up on O&S bars while you're in the city too.)

Bake the Book: Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Bread pudding. Or a root beer float with homemade ice cream.

Cook the Book: 'Stewed'

This Mexican chicken soup from the taco hole-in-the-wall joint in my city. Guaranteed cure-all for the common cold, hangovers, and the winter blues.

Bake the Book: Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook

Reese's Pieces and Peppermint Patties. Not together.

Bake the Book: The Epicurious Cookbook

My triple-layer mint chocolate cheesecake. It was featured in a Southern Living cookbook one year, so that's gotta be a good sign, right?

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Ham, pineapple, banana peppers. Perfect blend of salty, sweet, and spicy.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

BLT. Crispy bacon strips, with slices of fresh summertime tomatoes and avocado, on thick-cut sourdough bread. Perfect sandwich.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

Dash of vanilla soy creamer, no sugar. French pressed if I have time.

Ideas, Please - for Wednesday Dinner Before Thanksgiving

My family always gets pizza from the NY style place down the street. We're in North Carolina now, but my parents grew up in Queens, and they both swear this pizza is the real deal. We usually have some leftover, but that's not a bad thing...comes in handy during those times over the weekend when you can't stand the thought of another turkey sandwich.

Bake the Book: Vintage Cakes

Dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting - specifically this cream cheese frosting made with browned-butter and brown sugar.

Bake the Book: The Brown Betty Cookbook

Homemade ice cream made from my dad's old-fashioned, hand-cranked churner.