Great Cake—Honest, Abe

Honestly, I don’t know how it happens, but wherever I go, I inevitably end up in conversation about food with a chef, baker or artisan food maker. How else to explain a cake recipe discussion at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.? Browsing in the gift shop after the museum tour (also always on the lookout…

The Velvet Truth

Enough already. The out-of-control cupcake craze of the past few years has peaked, leaving a trail of overwrought treats in its wake. Perhaps the most collateral damage has been done to the reputation of the Red Velvet Cake, touted by many bakeries as the ultimate variety, the cupcake supreme. But an office celebration a couple…

The Velvet Truth

Enough already. The out-of-control cupcake craze of the past few years has peaked, leaving a trail of overwrought treats in its wake (and the somewhat frightening prospect of a cupcake vending machine.) Perhaps the most collateral damage has been done to the reputation of the Red Velvet Cake, touted by many bakeries as the ultimate variety,…

Riding the Storm Out

A weekend in D.C. for my birthday was in the plans; a hurricane was not. With event after event cancelled, including Kate’s planned entry in the D.C. State Fair pie contest, and threatened by the potential wrath of Irene, there were only two things to do: put the gumbo pot on and mix up the…

Three Cubed: Caribbean Creamsicle

Three Cubed Project The Book: The Sugar Mill Caribbean Cookbook: Casual and Elegant Recipes Inspired by the Islands (1996, Harvard Common Press) July being National Ice Cream Month, I was happy to find a recipe for Soursop Ice Cream on page 227 of this fun cookbook; also happy that the recipe suggested Tamarind Ice Cream…

Great Cake—Honest, Abe

Honestly, I don’t know how it happens, but wherever I go, I inevitably end up in conversation about food with a chef, baker or artisan food maker. How else to explain a cake recipe discussion at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.? Browsing in the gift shop after the museum tour (also always on the lookout…

Three Cubed: Cheers to the Royal Wedding

Three Cubed Project The Book: Great British Cooking: A Well-Kept Secret (1989, hardcover edition) Not being an enthusiast of fairytale wedding scenarios, I swore up and down that I would pay no attention whatsoever to the impending marriage of Wills and Kate.  But alas, I find myself drawn into the hoopla. Perhaps it’s inevitable for…

First Feast: The Recipe Recap

To herald spring, the Three Points cooks gathered in Kate’s D.C. kitchen  for our first joint supper club feast.  The menu was inspired by Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration that takes place on the Spring Equinox, March 20 this year. Guests were greeted with a glass of Molly’s home-brewed mead, candles were lit, and we…

More Comfort and Joy

An old adage holds that how you celebrate New Year’s reflects how you’ll spend the ensuing year. If that’s true, 2011 will  be relaxed and full of wonderful meals prepared with the kind of friends who find utter bliss in a platter of 12-year-old cheddar. It will also be filled with experimentation, as we threw caution to the wind and…