Feb11

Cacao Nib Cookies

Love, as they say, is in the air. At least that is what candy, greeting card, teddy bear, pajama. and rose producers would like you to believe. It is nearly Valentine’s Day, the greeting card holiday that has convinced most people that the only acceptable way to express their love is through the purchase of overpriced cards, heart-shaped boxes of mediocre candy, and roses. As you might have guessed, I am not a fan of the...

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Feb09

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

Valentine’s Day is coming. We do not really celebrate Valentine’s Day here at Casa Shenanigans.  No heart shaped boxes of candy, no bunches of wilted grocery store roses, and no adult-sized footie pajamas in the mail.  No, we do not celebrate with silly tokens.  We celebrate with food.  Sometimes we go out, but more often we stay in and make something really naughty.  This year I will be making my darling these.  We both...

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Feb13

Crepes with Fresh Fruit, Whipped Cream and Ganache

Sounds fancy, right?  Well, it is fancy but it is not as complicated as you might think.  If you have never made crepes before then you need to know a few things. First, the thinner the crepe the better.  Crepes are quite eggy and if you make them too thick they will overpower the dessert.  I use an 8 ” omelet pan to cook my crepes and I use 3/4 of a standard size ladle, which is about 1/4 cup of batter.  It will seem like you...

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Feb09

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Many, many years ago, before I went to culinary school, I tried my first molten chocolate cake.  I was perplexed as to how they were able to have a perfectly firm cake on the outside while having a molten chocolate core inside.  I was sure it was done by placing some sort of frozen chocolate center into he cake before baking, or by injecting the cake with a hot center after it had come out of the oven. Now I know better. Molten...

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