They Have, They Will, They Did

  The bride was beautiful in the lace gown she bought in Chicago, her veil so sheer that its ivory color was apparent only where it fell in folds. The groom was handsome in his military dress uniform, pants pressed with knife-edged creases, shoes glossy and spotless. The ceremony was a full Catholic Mass, held…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Cheesecake might’ve been a more appropriate, if ironic, choice for dessert to enjoy while watching the Miss America pageant on TV last week. Instead, people at my house had warm and delicious flourless chocolate cake. I would have made enough for everyone, contestants included, if that were possible. Those women looked like they hadn’t had…

Magic Chocolate Frosting

It was a week of unintended consequences. I loaned my daughter my car, and her sweet cat peed and pooped in it. I made cookies jammed with expensive ingredients (gluten-free flour, dried cherries, chunks of good-quality bittersweet chocolate, large coconut flakes), but the pepitas also called for turned out to be tough and stale and…

Fudgy Brownies

No pan of brownies is safe. No 9×13-inch cake can escape. No baked good with a side will survive this fiend’s preference for dessert from the center of the pan. She rips the heart out of them all without remorse, because she doesn’t like crispy edges. This menace has a name, but I call her…

Chocolate Meringue Pie

If you come to my house for dinner, you’ll eat well, but you’ll eat late. No matter what preparations I make in advance, I cannot seem to get food on the table in a decent amount of time. We’ll have fun, we’ll talk and laugh, I’ll offer you an appetizer and something to drink while…

Hot Cross Buns

Today is Good Friday. One of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, Good Friday is a day of quiet contemplation, commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. But this somber day has a bright spot (and I’m not just talking about the imminent end of Lent and a return of chocolate to my daily diet). Hot…

Swoon-worthy Brownies

It’s Valentine’s Day. If chocolate is the currency, these brownies are worth a million bucks. Cheers to love! The Best Fudge Brownies Ever, adapted slightly from a recipe printed on a bag of all-purpose flour made by the King Arthur Flour Company, Inc., of Norwich, Vermont, America’s oldest flour company. 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted…

Possum Pie

Beyoncé delivered a killer Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night. I made a killer dessert. We’re simpatico that way. I’ll venture a guess, though, that one can’t wear 18-square-inches of leather and lace and dine on Possum Pie very often. Or not to great effect, anyway. Possum Pie is about to enjoy a renaissance. It rates…

Ring of Coconut Fudge Cake

Someone special had a birthday recently. Like every year, I asked him what kind of cake he’d like. Every year, he says he wants this one. This year, to my surprise, the onery cuss he said make anything chocolate, not specifying this cake. So of course I made this cake, like every year. Because it’s that…