Cafe Fernando Brownies in The Washington Post

April 03rd, 2008  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


When Nick Malgieri emailed me a couple of weeks ago asking if I’d be willing to submit a recipe for the piece he was working on for The Washington Post, my heart nearly stopped. The editors also liked my photo, so both the recipe and the photo are featured in Mr. Maligeri’s article.

He also compiled a small chart of baking bloggers and guess who I share the chart with? Dorie Greenspan, Michael Laiskonis, Peter Reinhart, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Nicole of Baking Bites, Anita of Dessert First and Bea of La Tartine Gourmande.

Did I just die and went to heaven?

Bea also contributed with her scrumptious Lemon Grass, Vanilla and Red Currant Cakes recipe and photo (gorgeous as always).

I cannot tell you how honored I am to be sharing the same space with these extraordinarily talented people. A huge thank you to Mr. Malgieri for considering me. Wish he lived closer so I could send a batch of Korova Cookies as a thank you…

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  1. 1 - Jennifer on April 3rd, 2008

    Congratulations! Nick Malgieri is one of my favorites.

  2. 2 - Amanda on April 3rd, 2008

    Congrats Cenk! You must have almost had a heart attack when he contacted you. I popped on over to the article and voila! Guess whose picture is right on the main page?! Yours! How exciting 🙂

  3. 3 - Allen on April 3rd, 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS, Cenk! Don’t doubt your talents – you deserve the spotlight 🙂

  4. 4 - Maki on April 4th, 2008

    Congrats! It’s a beautiful photo.

    (Lurker de-lurking)

  5. 5 - Judith Faucette on April 4th, 2008

    Wow, congratulations! I love Malgieri, and yours and Bea’s blogs are two of my favourites. Also, I love that photo.

  6. 6 - pinar on April 4th, 2008

    hey Cenk, I’ve been reading your blog for some time now, and I just wanted to say CONGRATS! I hope this article will motivate you to cook/bake more often so we get the pleasure of seeing more of your yummy food! 🙂

  7. 7 - Hande on April 4th, 2008

    Yes, yes! you are on the way to heaven.. 🙂 When shall we see you on TV?

  8. 8 - Helen on April 4th, 2008

    Congratulations, that is an awesome recipe and a mouthwatering photo and I think you thoroughly deserve to share that space. I for one am an avid reader and have been for a long time now. Well done!

  9. 9 - Hande on April 4th, 2008

    Congratulations Cenk, you deserve it!

  10. 10 - Cynthia on April 4th, 2008

    Oh my gosh!!! This is fantastic! Totally deserved! Congratulations! You’re definitely playing the in the big leagues. So happy for you.

  11. 11 - Patricia Scarpin on April 4th, 2008

    you deserve the spotlight, Cenk – your food and photos are amazing!

  12. 12 - Fearless Kitchen on April 4th, 2008

    Wow, that’s fabulous! Congratulations!

  13. 13 - Banu (BaL) on April 4th, 2008

    I will say tll the end: You deserve the best!

    By the way… 😀 I’m living quite close! (At least in the same city) Would you consider sending a batch of Korova to me? lol

    I was supposed to try Korova cookies this saturday, however tomorrow will be my first day at work. I’m so excited!

    I guess the new month has come with it’s luck to us all!

    Best wishes…

  14. 14 - Ivonne on April 4th, 2008


    Congratulations! I was so happy to see you featured and those brownies … wish you could send me some!

  15. 15 - Deeba on April 5th, 2008

    CONGRATS Cank…this is absolutely brilliant! WOW…well deserved; & those brownies are to die for! Have a great day!!

  16. 16 - evolvingtastes on April 6th, 2008

    Discovered your blog very recently (via links from Suganya), and I am enjoying it a lot. Congratulations!

  17. 17 - AppetiteforChina on April 6th, 2008

    Congrats! Nick Malgieri taught in the pastry program at my old culinary school. I didn’t realize that he was now at the Washington Post. Small world!

  18. 18 - Jessy on April 6th, 2008

    Congrats! That picture is beautiful!

  19. 19 - valentina on April 6th, 2008

    Cenk, you might not see this post because they are not getting published but congratulations. It is such great news. you deserve every success.i am a huge fan of yours.

  20. 20 - Wellforce on April 6th, 2008

    Great Brownies, I’ve added a link to your site in a post “Let the Games Begin” today.
    Feel like playing a little tag? I’ve been tagged so now it’s your turn, go here:

  21. 21 - robin on April 7th, 2008

    Congratulations! Your post on these brownies was the one that got me hooked on Cafe Fernando, and they are still my favorite dessert photo I’ve ever seen!

  22. 22 - Laily on April 7th, 2008

    Cenk, congratulations! I´ve been out on a loop, and now that I came back to visit, I see 3 new posts. As always, lovely to see your beautiful work. I yearn for more.

  23. 23 - Bea on April 7th, 2008


    It was really nice to see you there! Just a lovely chocolate recipe ! Yum !

  24. 24 - Cenk on April 7th, 2008

    Thanks Bea! I feel extremely lucky and honored to be on that list together with you and all the other people who have been constant inspirations to me.

  25. 25 - Sil BsAs on April 7th, 2008

    Cenk, you are also an inspiration to all of us amateurs. You deserve it! so a big CONGRATS !!!

  26. 26 - Nüket Şenyüz on April 8th, 2008

    Turkce sitende sorunmu var? açamıyorum

  27. 27 - Cenk on April 8th, 2008

    Nüket merhaba – Evet sabah bir problem vardı şimdi düzeldi. Haber verdiğin için teşekkürler.

  28. 28 - Nüket Şenyüz on April 8th, 2008

    Bloglara girer girmez sayfana uğradığım için birkaç denemede açamayınca bir an panik oldum:))
    Sorunun giderildiğine sevindim.
    Gözüm üstünde:)

  29. 29 - joey on April 8th, 2008

    Congratulations Cenk! So nice to see you recieving the attention you deserve 🙂 Now more people will know about your fantastic blog!

    The brownies look luscious!

  30. 30 - Hélène on April 8th, 2008

    Congratulations! What an honor. I just read the article. You must be so happy.

  31. 31 - Hillary on April 8th, 2008

    Way to go to Cenk! That’s amazing! Those brownies look like the recognition was well deserved.

  32. 32 - Sylvia on April 9th, 2008

    Congratulations Cenk, you really deserve this. I am pretty sure that the honor is for them, because your photos and recipes are amazing

  33. 33 - Pilar on April 9th, 2008

    I want to congratulate you for your work. I had never visited your blog, but from now on, If you don’t mind, I’ll come here everday.

    Regards from Spain

  34. 34 - Anu on April 9th, 2008

    Hi Cenk,

    I recently came across your beautiful blog on Foodbuzz; and have been a regular ever since.

    Congratulations on your most recent recognition; it is only a fitting testament to your fabulous work.

    I have tried at least one of your recipes-the apricot and pistachio scone, and it’s been a staple at any tea I am involved in. Thank you for the inspiration.

    And last but not least, I live in San Francisco, and am a h-u-g-e fan of the Golden Girls too! It’s so great to connect, even in the blogosphere, with someone like you. 🙂

    Keep up the great work!


  35. 35 - j on April 10th, 2008

    i made your brownies for a birthday gift and they are a huge hit. thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

  36. 36 - Ozge on April 11th, 2008


    Beyond all these good wishes and everything, I am so happy that you have great reputation 🙂 You can not imagine how am I suprised to read all these comments, just a quick note, like j on, I made the brownines for a birthday gift too and had the same reactions..You made us meet at some point wtih the people all areound the world…Again congrats and thank you


  37. 37 - Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy on April 11th, 2008

    Congratulations! It was well deserved. Those brownies look like a beautiful painting!

  38. 38 - Ilgin Yorulmaz on April 12th, 2008

    Hey Cenk! Blogunun hakettigi ilgiyi gormesine cok sevindim. Cafe Fernando’yu ne zaman aciyorsun?:) Haberini yapmak icin sabirsizlaniyorum! Tekrar tebrikler…

  39. 39 - edamame on April 18th, 2008

    Your site has power to let you make the devil in my heart strong. The devil said to me. “Eat this thing which I was sweet, and seemed to be delicious” and, as a result, I gave a it discount on to the devil. I was dieting so….
    From Japan

  40. 40 - steamy kitchen on April 20th, 2008

    congrats my friend!!! wooohooo!

  41. 41 - Mansi on April 20th, 2008

    Congrats on a well-deserved award Cenk! and wish you many more in the future! you ar etruly an inspiration for us:)

  42. 42 - Melike on April 24th, 2008

    Congratulations !I’ve been following your blog for only two days and learnt a lot about your blog an you! 🙂 It is very honourable to be chosen for one of the most distinguished newspapers in the world..
    best wishes..

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