Chocolate Tart

July 9, 2013
Chocolate Tart

Well hello there! It’s been a while, but I’m back. The lack of posts recently had something to do with toiling away making baked goods for hungry students of a large public university campus here in Los Angeles. Working the graveyard shift is fine, but I found that my productive time out of work was […]

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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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Chokladboll (Swedish Chocolate Balls)

September 1, 2012

I love trying something new. And I have to admit that I had never heard of these delicious little treats before until I read an article about an authentic Danish bakery in downtown Los Angeles. It’s called Hygge, which according to the article is pronounced “hyoo-geh” and means to focus on relaxation and enjoyment — […]

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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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Chocolate Pecan Meringues with Blackberries

July 6, 2012
Chocolate Pecan Meringues with Blackberries

This a perfect dessert. You could serve it at an informal barbecue, or an important dinner party. You can make the meringues up to a couple of months ahead and keep them in an air-tight container. And because the meringues are made ahead of time, assembling the final dessert with some whipped cream and berries […]

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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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