Orange Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Blood Orange Compote

One of my goals for cooking in 2012 is “seasonal.”  Seasonal eating isn’t one of those hokey new-age eating fads, it’s one of the most simple and beautiful ways to fuel your body.  The earth is offering up these fruits and veggies at a certain time, practically begging us to eat them.  How cool is that?!

So what does this have to do with an orange chocolate cake? I’m getting to that.  Blood oranges are currently “in season” in my area and I’ve been dying to throw them into a delicious dish.  Enter… the cake!

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Triple-Layer Godiva Dream Cheesecake

While Valentine’s Day may be a ways away, I have a sneaking suspicion that there are those among you that have abandoned your New Year’s Resolution – swearing off carbs and sugar, in favor of loftier aspirations – such as mastering some baking skills, or boning up on your recipe reading.  I applaud you.  Now let me help.

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Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

You didn’t think I could make it through a holiday extravaganza without beer making its way into the mix… did you?

From start to finish the smells this cake produces are insane.  The smell of stout and molasses getting together is reminiscent of Brew House smells, so you know I was diggin’ that!  The cake baking fills the house with smells that could not be more Christmasy.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusel Topping

If the idea of cramming a piece of pie or cake into your already overly stretched stirrup pants on Turkey Day isn’t your idea of fun – step into the light my friends.  This tart is just the amount of sweet to curb your sugar cravings, come next Thursday.

A buttery, silky, smooth tart crust provides the home for a sweet and delicious pumpkin filling, while a crunchy topping rounds it out.

A little sliver of this decadent treat is all you’ll need, but I won’t judge if you take a giant hunk and smother it in whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.

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Easy Cannoli

“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”  This is not a post about the convergence of pastry, violence and classic cinematography, but that might be a good idea for later.  It should go without saying that the preceding quote is not only from The Godfather, but also one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies, You’ve Got Mail, a fantastic book by Sarah Vowell, and encompasses the love we feel towards this Sicilian pastry.

A crunchy shell.  A creamy center.  A rich chocolate punctuated with salty pistachios.  Cannoli is a fantastic portable dessert that fires on all cylinders.

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Watermelon Beer Popsicles

How can I top a recipe for spreadable bacon? I probably can’t.  But lickable, frozen beer… comes pretty damn close!

This recipe is perfect for the impending super hot months and Memorial Day weekend.

These are definitely not those long plastic pops that we delighted in sucking the last bit of purple juice from, they’re a little more grown-up, a little more refined, a lot more yummy. Continue reading