Simple Pear Cake

January 24, 2013
Simple Pear Cake

I’ve always loved pears, although I should confess that as a kid I loved them from a can, thoroughly soaked in a sugary syrup. You see, as a kid I could never get the timing right on when a pear was ripe. I’d get a few (or mom would bring some home) and then set […]

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Boca Negra Chocolate Cake

September 16, 2012
Boca Negra Chocolate Cake

This is my favorite chocolate cake.  Because when you’re having chocolate cake, you should go all out and really have chocolate cake. A serving of this cake is about as much chocolate as is humanly possible to eat at a time. I guess that’s why it’s called boca negra, as in “black mouth.” (I realize that […]

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Pineapple Upside-Down Banana Bread

August 18, 2012
Pineapple Upside Down Banana Bread

This stuff rocks. I cannot seem to get enough of it. It’s actually amazeballs. I mean, it’s amazing but better than amazing. In my parlance, this means it’s amazeballs. I think this is one of my all-time favorite creations. This is the second post inspired by my recent trip to Hawaii. (The first was a simple and […]

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Tigrés (Tiger Cakes)

July 16, 2012

Rarrrgh! This makes me want to re-watch Little Miss Sunshine. Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover is just about the cutest thing ever. And she can really growl! This is basically what was happening in Kitchen Gusto while I was making these awesome little cakes. They are called tigrés in French. The considerable amount of chopped chocolate […]

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Julia Child’s Reine de Saba Cake

June 20, 2012
Reine de Saba Cake

This year marks what would be the 100th birthday of Julia Child. This woman has inspired generations of people to get into the kitchen and she did everything with gusto, so yes, she’s a bit of an idol of mine. I, like many others, cooked my way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking as a way of […]

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