1. Europe

    I’m going to England, Ireland, Portugal and France this summer. Any tips on places to eat and foods I should not miss?

    -E

     
  2. pjcarlisle said: Emma! What's a good salmon recipe?? - Paul

    You know, that is a fish I don’t eat. But anything with butter and thyme would taste good!

     
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    One of my favorite spring salads.

    One of my favorite spring salads.

     
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    Screaming’ Mimi’s ice cream: Sebastopol, California.

    Screaming’ Mimi’s ice cream: Sebastopol, California.

     
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    Miette is one of the most lovely and adorable pastry shops I have ever been to. Also, their confections are delicious. 

    Miette is one of the most lovely and adorable pastry shops I have ever been to. Also, their confections are delicious. 

     
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    I am so happy I got this book out of the library! I would show you the delicious asparagus I made yesterday with lemon juice and parmesan, but by the time I thought of that it was gone. I can’t wait to eat more vegetables!

    I am so happy I got this book out of the library! I would show you the delicious asparagus I made yesterday with lemon juice and parmesan, but by the time I thought of that it was gone. I can’t wait to eat more vegetables!

     
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    I made cornish game hen last week just to have something unique and different from my usual pasta and chicken. Recipes coming soon!

    I made cornish game hen last week just to have something unique and different from my usual pasta and chicken. Recipes coming soon!

     
  8. Yesterday was national chocolate cake day, so I made a chocolate cake! Clearly, I was unconsciously knowing that chocolate cake day was coming up, because on Wednesday I bought cocoa and cake pans because I had a hankering for cake. Thanks to the blogosphere I killed two birds with one stone: satisfy my cake craving and a dessert for my dinner party (more on that later)! 

    I didn’t want to do anything extravagant, like the chocolate cake from Tartine, so I went to my old standby—the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” chocolate cake. This recipe is foolproof and fast, which are two things I love. It comes out perfect when you follow the recipe exactly, which I did, with one exception. I greased the pans, but didn’t flour them (miraculously, I ran out of flour making the dessert). This led to a little bit of sticking on one cake, but I just made that the bottom layer of the cake. 

    Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake

    2 cups sugar

    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

    3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder

    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

    1 tsp. salt

    2 eggs

    1 cup milk

    1/2 cup vegetable oil

    2 tsp. vanilla extract

    1 cup boiling water

    Heat oven to 350˚ F. Grease and flour two 9” round cake tins. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (the batter will be thin). Pour into pans. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans, then remove to wire racks. Cool completely and frost with Perfectly Chocolate chocolate frosting. 

    “Perfectly Chocolate” Frosting

    1 stick butter

    2/3 cup cocoa powder

    1/3 cup milk

    3 cups powdered sugar

    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    Melt butter and stir in cocoa. Alternately, add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk if needed. Stir in vanilla. 

    My sister and I have used this frosting recipe for other cakes and cupcakes, except we melted down a chocolate bar to make it extra rich. 

     
  9. I live in the Gourmet Ghetto. Some of the most amazing restaurants and influential names in food are within half a mile of my tiny apartment. It dawned on me again today as I was buying staples that while I may not be one of the prettiest or the smartest girls in the world, I am one of the luckiest. I’m re-inspired by the culinary people around me, and can’t wait to share my foodie adventures with all of you! 

     
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