Chocolate Banana Bread – Plain and Simple

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Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Bananas represent a kind of edible security blanket for me.  Never a need to feel hungry if there is a bunch of canary yellow bananas sitting on my counter.  A quick and nutritious snack is always at hand.  And although … Continue reading




Dark Chocolate ‘Beer’ Cake with Sour Cream Caramel Frosting

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Chocolate 'Beer' Cake w Sour Cream Caramel Frosting Recipe

It’s official!  I finally had my first beer –  in a cake that is.  😉  In all the hundreds of cakes I have eaten to date, not one had beer in it.  My Dad was an incredible cake baker, and … Continue reading




Spiced and Spiked Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Spiced and Spiked Whipped Cream Recipe

I’m pretending it feels like Autumn around here even though the temperatures are rising instead of falling. I’ve lost patience waiting for cooler weather so I’ve been making lots of big hearty meals and tummy warming soups in spite of … Continue reading




No-Bake Chocolate Almond Cocoa Krispie Cookies

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No-Bake Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Last night, in a fit of ‘I NEED chocolate, and I NEED it now’, I cooked up an old favorite cookie that requires no baking and very little effort. I’ve recently seen variations of this recipe on several other blogs.  Truth … Continue reading




Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Twirled Frosting

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I have been enjoying the sweetest of days.  My niece’s Bat Mitzvah gathered family in beautiful bucolic Sonoma County, California – a place that stole a piece of my soul many years ago.  A second niece celebrated the pivotal milestone … Continue reading