birthday

happy birthday to me!


it's my birthday!

Just returned from fabulous Mexico - and it was just my birthday too :-) Here's the beautiful cake I made for the occasion: a superb Mexican Dark Chocolate Torte with Honey Vanilla Marshmallow Icing. The cake was a hit: striking and delicious.

Curious about the shirt? So was I when I bought it in the Mayan town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, not knowing anything about Maria Sabina other than she was obviously an important woman... actually she was a shaman!

Stuffing and Cake

Lauren's Vanilla Dark Chocolate Sour Cherry Soy Cake

Regarding the large batch of cornbread I made for turkey stuffing the other day...

We ended up having to get 2 free-range chickens instead of a turkey - not too much room inside these guys for the amount of stuffing we ended up making. There was a lot of stuffing: I think there was enough to feed about 15 people. It did turn out great and everyone brought leftovers home. Not super healthy, but super tasty! and perfect for a special occasion.

I've cut the recipe in half, and have included directions for the larger version, as well as a vegetarian stovetop version: Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

Besides the succulent chickens (thanks Crispin!), we also enjoyed lovely wines, amazing cheeses, Czech salad (thanks Michelle and Ryan!), mashed maple sweet potatoes, and a beautiful delicious cake (thanks Lauren!). It was a vanilla, sour-cherry dark chocolate cake made with soy beans from her parent's farm, topped with warm dark chocolate sauce and fresh raspberries: awesome!