Beth’s Blog

“In A Pinch” Chocolate Chocolate Cake

Sunday February 6, 2011

You won’t believe this cake. It is really excellent. And the easiest, no brainer, bake-up-perfect-every-time little tube cake. With Valentine’s Day, the universal day of chocolate, is there not someone you need to make feel special by bringing them a homemade chocolate cake? No matter what level baker you are, you will love this cake.

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Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta for One

Sunday January 16, 2011

Every day we need new inspiration for our salad of fresh greens. And bacon is IN in the culinary universe. So often there are no recipes for one serving. And that is all you want to make. The baby spinach is so easy to find now in the supermarket produce section and organic to boot!

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Cruising the Blogs: Cranberry Orange Muffins

Sunday January 2, 2011

It’s technically the end of the cranberry season. But I notice big piles of cranberries in the produce section, begging to be taken home and frozen for use throughout the year. Hopefully you stashed a few bags in the freezer to hold you over until next fall holiday season. Frozen cranberries are excellent for making muffins, quick breads, even in stews or as one of your favorite cranberry sauces at Easter, if you haven’t noticed.

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The Microwave: Christmas Spoon Food: Raspberry Trifle with Cream Sherry

Sunday December 19, 2010

Trifle is the quintessential winter holiday dessert and positively addicting. It might as well be the official state dessert in Great Britain. Every home, school lunchroom, tea parlor, and restaurant have a version it is so beloved.

My mom is known for her trifle, which is a cold dessert with layers of dense-textured plain cake soaked with cream sherry and a vanilla English custard, which she has made every Christmas for decades ever since she got her first microwave in the early 1980s.

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Culinary Traveler: Scooping on Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Party and Gluten Free Wedding Cake

Sunday August 22, 2010

People love to read about weddings as much as they like being invited to them. Of course when a wedding is called the wedding of the century for its size, location, elements of decoration, and notoriety of the participants, it gets even more fun.

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After the Party Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Sunday August 22, 2010

Cupcakes are the new wedding cake. The childhood favorite has grown up, trendy but not losing a bit of the sugary goodness that never fails to delight. Cupcakes are more lighthearted and casual then elaborate formal cakes, and are the perfect choice for less formal celebrations, like an after hours party.

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Creamed Corn and Parmesan Risotto

Sunday August 22, 2010

The wedding dinner was held after the sunset ceremony. The vegetarian option was a vegetable risotto. Now you are wondering how to make risotto for over a hundred people.

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Chez Dining Room: Early American Meets Hodgepodge

Sunday June 13, 2010

The American Colonial period dates from about 1620 to the end of the American Revolution. Popular furniture styles included the familiar designs of Jacobean, Queen Anne, and Chippendale. Most commonly, Colonial American furniture is based pretty extensively on the Jacobean style of English furniture.

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Welsh Rabbit with Broiled Tomatoes, Colonial Tavern Style

Sunday June 13, 2010


Welsh rabbit, or rarebit, has no bunny rabbit in it.  Rabbit is an old name for Old English Cheddar cheese, produced near the Welsh border, that was melted and poured over toast, and well, the name just stuck.  It is…

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Chez Dining Room: The London Private Club

Sunday May 23, 2010

One of the characteristics of the London dining scene is the existence of the private restaurant club culture. The lunch and supper club—small, intimate, nourishing—is a long held tradition. The first clubs were in the 17th century, an offshoot of the…

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