Whew! Oh my! and Wow! would be three words that would accurately describe my last week. My family and I were in a frenzy between nieces spending the night and then having to
clean like crazy prepare for my young cousins annual two week vacation that they spend with us. So as I said before: whew!
Here is a documentary that I have watched before, enjoyed, and think you will too. It addresses the question of what it is like to be a concert pianist today. Whether you are into classical music/classical piano or not, I highly recommend watching this 1 hour documentary – enjoy!
I love good things. Sweet, simple, but good – very good- things. I blog about my appreciation of the good life here, but since this is a food blog, my post is about something very sweet, very good, and surprisingly simple. Enter Smitten Kitchen’s Chocolate Peanut Butter cake. This cake is quite possibly the most genius recipe ever. It is a basic chocolate cake x 3 layers, a creamy , not too peanut buttery filling and, if that weren’t enough for you, a luscious ganache that covers the entire cake. Any of the pieces from a component that stands on its own, but put together, makes a cake that is no-fail easy and impressive. I have big plans for using the cake batter for other recipes that are floating in my sweets-addled brain right now. In the meantime, go make this cake. Now. Do not wait another minute and go get your baking on!
Cookies and milk. You couldn’t give me a better snack as a kid. Any day, any time, any mood, I was always up for a cookie (or two or three). Actually, I’m still always up for cookies. Especially warm, chocolatey cookies fresh out of the oven. One of the things I love doing in the long hot months of summer is going to my favorite cookie bakery ( I call it a cookie bakery because other than muffins, that’s all they bake ) and getting semi-sweet chocolate and m&m cookies with the best fresh squeezed cherry limeade. That, to me, is what makes for a perfect summer day. I can’t tell you how much I love this bakery’s cookies. Unfortunately, I have not been able (although my sister came close yesterday) to find a recipe that comes close to them. Not flat, perfectly round, crunchy on the outside, but oh so chewy on the inside. They are seriously, the best (not gourmet, in my opinion gourmet is another category of cookies) cookies I have ever had. Ah, the simple pleasures in life.