From the freezer section (…Plus an onion from produce and butter from where the butter hangs out.)


(I had to fork-and-knife it.)

From Sonoma Seafoods.

drunken cupcake

March 19, 2012

Happy (belated) St Patrick’s Day!  I hope you were able to celebrate in this lovely weather, thoroughly free of snakes!  Our plans changed several times throughout the day, and when a request came for something “Guinness delicious”, how could I not oblige with the epic car bomb cupcake?  Even in the realization that the muffin tin was lost in the move (the horror!), drunken cupcakes were enjoyed by all (with a fork)!

P.S.  Happy One Year Anniversary to the Gorge!!

Happy New Year from The Gorge!

candy cane joe-joe’s

December 24, 2011

With a bunch of candy canes smashed up into teeny bits, whipped up in vanilla cream, and smooshed between two chocolate wafers – you guys – I think I’m in love.

Candy Cane Joe-Joes from Trader Joes.

white stilton with apricot

November 10, 2011

white stilton with apricot

White Stilton with Apricot from Trader Joes.

turtle muffin

October 9, 2011

om nom turtle muffin

Turtle Muffin at Star Lounge.  2521 W Chicago Ave.

welcome back, blog

October 2, 2011

Sorry.  I have been missing in action for the past couple of months.  It simply became too hot in my studio kitchen to warrant any additional heat.  I had to move the chocolate from the cupboard into my fridge because everything was melting.

i'm melting

Including myself.  And so I went out, where I enjoyed things that I can finally share because I can now comfortably concentrate at a heat-emitting device in my own home.

mocha sundae

I ate a lot of ice cream this summer.  Like this amazing mocha sundae, cappuccino ice cream with chocolate sauce and topped with chocolate covered espresso beans.  It was a good way to keep my internal temperature down, or so I told myself.

bloody mary friend

I made sure to stay hydrated.  I met friends for drinks and made friends in drinks, like this friend I found at the bottom of my Bloody Mary.

mason jar mojito

And this mason jar Mojito at Moonshine.

gin and tonic

And this gin and tonic at Archies.

raspberry crown

After late nights out, there is nothing so wonderful as a big brunch by the light of day featuring seasonal fruit.  Peach and raspberry pancakes with almonds and house made amaretto churned butter at Nookies Too.


There was plenty of room for backyard barbeques, including the amazing discovery that basil becomes a fantastic lettuce replacement on a burger when the herb is so rich and leafy in the summertime.


I could not get enough blueberries this summer.

handy helpers

I even went on an adventure to Michigan and enlisted the help of my three-year-old twin niece and nephew to pick wild blueberries that are infinity times better than anything I’ve ever found in a grocery store.  While my nephew found the bucket an interfering step from branch to mouth, my niece successfully picked a half pound of the good “purple” blueberries and none of the yucky pink or green blueberries.

blueberry margarita

And that very evening, with a couple of fine ladies, we turned a couple pounds of those teeny blueberries into totally healthful margaritas.  Cheers!

Thanks for sticking around in my absence!  I am back from this break with my kitchen and excited to get to work baking, shooting and writing about the fun and delicious things I come across!

black russian

July 21, 2011

Black Russian.  Green Mill.  4208 N Broadway Ave.

cool as a cucumber

July 3, 2011

Boyfriend made dinner.



chicken nugget salad

June 1, 2011

Chicken nuggets + baby spinach, green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes + fat-free ranch dressing = dinner for hot weather.

Only meat in the house + all of the vegetables in the house + salad glue = chicken nugget salad.

classic reuben

May 23, 2011

Classic Reuben at The Rail.  4709 N Damen, Chicago.

Cooking for one leads to a lot of interesting leftover options (I’ve been making a ton of brownie sundaes and there’s still half a tray to go).  Sometimes brinner happens, and it’s ALWAYS a great idea.

What a crummy day.  Outside it’s too cold to be spring, too late to be winter.  Everything feels like blah.  It’s discomforting.  And it’s only Tuesday.

So on this day of terrible opposing contrasts, I dwelled upon complimentary pairs.   Warm and cool.  Gooey and clean.  Density and light.  Chocolate and mint.