‘The’ Chocolate Cupcake of Chocolate Cupcakes

I think one thing I make clear around here is that I am a lover of  baked goods.  My second love is chocolate.  That said, I don’t eat cake all that much. It’s a little to heavy for me so I hold eating cake to special occassions.  I’m a cake snob; I will pass over a cheap grocery store sheet cake at a graduation event.  I do this with ice cream too.

Mike: Not me, I can’t help it.  Even when I know it will be bad I’m still lining up for a piece of crappy cake.  It’s been happening a lot lately as we reach the end of the school year.

I love making cupcakes.  They are just a small piece of cake.  I can make a batch and toss them in the freezer (yes, icing and all) and have one when I get a hankering.  My all time favorite cupcake is this recipe I came across in America’s Test Kitchen years ago and have been tinkering with ever since.  The cake is moist and doesn’t crumble.  When you take a bite the frosting is light and fluffy then suddenly you discover a dense chocolaty surprise of a spot of ganache in the middle.  You don’t eat this cupcake, you experience it!

A chocola-tie experience!

A chocola-tie experience!

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How To Make Truffles

'Heart' by Dumpling

It’s not all black clouds and Eeyore-like over here.  Mike and I are pulling ourselves off of our niche internet keyword researching to have a little fun.  I start thinking about Valentine’s Day the week after Christmas!  I KNoW!  CrAZy, huh?!

I’m so crazy about Valentine’s Day we will be having a GIVEAWAY!  See the bottom of the post for details… » » »

Momocakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies & a GIVEAWAY!

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If you’ve been following us for the past couple months one thing should be clear by now…I like chocolate chip cookies.  Having finally found the perfect chocolate chip cookie, my next quest has been to find a gluten-free option.  I’ve found that when my joint pain gets annoying going gluten-free for 30 days helps reduce it.    We eat very little processed foods in our house so I turned to the recipe world out there. I’ve tried a few but didn’t love for the results.  Well, search and ye shall find.

Momocakes- vegan,gluten free and high altitude bakery

Leslie, the owner/founder of Momocakes is our first sponsor!!  We were talking about where we would place her ad and my idea of  a video with the two of us baking and I went for it:  would she be willing to share her amazing delicatible recipe for her gluten-free chocolate chip cookies?

Yes!  was her response.

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Zucchini Out Our Ears

Zucchini Out Our Ears

There in the front...one plant,...I said it, ONE plant.

This is post is part of the Hearth-n-Soul blog hop.   It’s definitely something Mike and I can get behind!  Don’t forget to check out the other participants!

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This year we planted one zucchini plant, kept it covered in the hoop house until July and when we opened it up it was the most giantest plant EV-er.  It bullied the broccoli plants out of its way and took over the whole end of the garden.  By mid-July we started plucking 5-8 lb vegetables off the plant every week.  Thus began the season of the zucchini! What to do with all this zucchini?  Roasting them on the grill is the quick and easy route to go but that gets boring quick.  My other stand-by is to grate the zucchini,  put them in ziplock freezer bags and throw them in the freezer.  I can make use for them over the winter for breads and muffins.   After storing 18 lbs of shredded zucchini I needed some new ideas so I started asking around.

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