Monday, September 16, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Cake

There are many recipes for Flourless Chocolate Cakes on the internet, but for my first try, I decided to go to the source.  This recipe from the Cook's Illustrated Test Kitchen produces a smooth, creamy rich very chocolatey cake with a hint of coffee flavor.  It's a good choice for entertaining because the cake can be made up to 4 days ahead and stored in the refrigerator.

Caprese Salad

"You'd better take a picture of that for your blog," our friend, Paul, said when he was over for dinner last week.  I blinked.  Caprese salad?  Was that really a recipe?  But, I obligingly took the snap anyway.

This classic tomato and mozzarella salad hits new heights at the end of summer when basil is plentiful and fresh pesto is only a Cuisinart-button-push away.  A little dollop of pesto between the tomato and mozzarella layers is the secret ingredient here. And may be, just maybe, a reason to call it a recipe.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

I've always liked the Manischewitz coconut macaroons that come out around Passover.  Recently I noticed that they were gluten-free.  What a great idea for a gluten-free cookie without compromises!  Turns out that they are easy to make and with a little chocolate dip, very festive too.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Almond Pancakes

If you like the flavor of almonds, you'll love these delicious pancakes.  If you are not sure who in your family is a fan of almond and who is not, serving these for breakfast will settle the matter quickly.  I made these one Sunday morning and my teenage daughter loved them, as did all her friends, but my seven-year old did not care for them at all.

I've made these gluten-free by using a gluten free pancake mix, but Giada's original recipe called for a conventional buttermilk pancake mix.