Strawberry Chocolate Cake

Strawberry Chocolate Cake

January 07th, 2007  | Category: Cakes, Chocolate


It has been a tradition for over 10 years that everyone gather at The Mansion for New Year's Eve Dinner. I have been attending for the last four years and can not think of another place to celebrate the coming of a new year. Dessert menu was set by the lady of the house and I thank her for that because with the abundant number of cookbooks ...

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Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

December 17th, 2006  | Category: Chocolate, Ice Cream & Sorbet


Ice cream and I go way back. In my childhood, after three consecutive pneumonias and intense medical treatments to cure it completely, I developed quite an appetite as a result of the treatment (yes, it is all my doctor's fault). Since then, I am walking on the thin line between "extra few pounds" and "over weight". As nutritious as it is, I suspect ice cream has a ...

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Swan Raspberry Eclairs

Swan Raspberry Eclairs

December 07th, 2006  | Category: Chocolate, Dessert


Lately, I have developed a huge interest on all things Julia Child. I have ordered many of her books and her DVDs from Amazon. It is no surprise that a lot of people are obsessed with her. It is much more obvious after reading "My Life in France". As the title suggests, it is a memoir of her life and culinary adventures during her years in Paris. ...

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Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

October 23rd, 2006  | Category: Chocolate, Cookies


I like personalized things. Be it an apron or napkins with initials OR a candy with your blog's name on it! I can see the envy in your eye, fellow blogger! Well , let me tell you... It was not very easy to get. Especially when your blog's name sounds like a real cafe. Upon my order, a customer representative from M&M emailed me a very long and detailed ...

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Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme

Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme

October 01st, 2006  | Category: Chocolate, Cookies, Tarts and Pies


"Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme" arrived from Amazon during a very light work day. Having heard raving reviews about the book, I flipped through the pages to choose a recipe to try after work. Although I had my eye on the chocolate macarons, I decided to postpone baking them to a future weekend and try Viennese Chocolate Sables first. I must say... These are by far the best ...

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