Stuffing and Cake

Lauren's Vanilla Dark Chocolate Sour Cherry Soy Cake

Regarding the large batch of cornbread I made for turkey stuffing the other day...

We ended up having to get 2 free-range chickens instead of a turkey - not too much room inside these guys for the amount of stuffing we ended up making. There was a lot of stuffing: I think there was enough to feed about 15 people. It did turn out great and everyone brought leftovers home. Not super healthy, but super tasty! and perfect for a special occasion.

I've cut the recipe in half, and have included directions for the larger version, as well as a vegetarian stovetop version: Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

Besides the succulent chickens (thanks Crispin!), we also enjoyed lovely wines, amazing cheeses, Czech salad (thanks Michelle and Ryan!), mashed maple sweet potatoes, and a beautiful delicious cake (thanks Lauren!). It was a vanilla, sour-cherry dark chocolate cake made with soy beans from her parent's farm, topped with warm dark chocolate sauce and fresh raspberries: awesome!

Excavation

Looking for ancient treasure

Tomorrow is my birthday! We're going to have a little bohemian dinner party to celebrate. We've ordered a free-range turkey - my first time ever cooking a whole turkey. I've started on the stuffing and made a large batch of cornbread. I ate a little piece from the center to make sure it was ok - it's delicious. The reason I removed a center piece was twofold:
1. save the buttery crusty parts for the stuffing
2. make sure it cooked properly in the center since it was a large batch
As well, I hoped to find treasures buried beneath the crust...

Le Printemps

Yay! It's the first day of spring up here in the northern hemisphere. Happy vernal equinox. If you are in the south, happy autumnal equinox!

Spring Buds

St. Patty

Happy St.Patty's day! I love the fact that today millions of people wear green and have fun. In with spring and out with the snakes - isn't that how it goes?

Two hot pepper plants from my 2005 deck garden.

No plans to have a green beer today - but maybe a Magic Green Smoothie. I will contemplate green, and post an image of my little deck garden from last summer. Taking care of a few plants was more work than I anticipated: getting plants, pots, soil, rocks, utensils (all on foot and bike)... then planting, watering, monitoring, pruning, protecting (note the gun)... All a joy.

Little Deck Garden 2005

The Spice Must Flow

Greetings! Welcome to pattycake - my own personal website and blog devoted to healthy baking and other fun stuff.

Speaking of baking, this morning I concocted up a variation of one of my favorite treats: biscotti! Biscotti simply means "cookies" in Italian. The biscotti most of us are familiar with are the "twice baked" variety often served with espresso. (These are also known as cantuccini.) Baking cookies twice allows them to keep for weeks. It also gives them a nice crunchy texture that is also great for dipping in your espresso, tea, milk, or wine.

Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti

I modeled this biscotti after another wonderful thing: gingerbread. It's March and still cold out - the perfect time for baking with spice. I used a combination of whole spelt and kamut flowers, honey, molasses, spices... and a generous amount of pecans. The aroma from the baking cookies was sublime - and is still lingering.

Check out the recipe: Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti

Ciao bella.