Chocolate Espresso Lava Cake with Creme de Cacao Mascarpone Whipped Cream

It’s winter. It’s cold. You’re probably snuggled up inside more than usual. What could add to your cozy experience? How about a decadent, warm chocolaty dessert with a boozy whipped cream? Add on some ice cream, some berries, and boom, you’re set. I participate in a monthly Improv Cooking Challenge, hosted by Lesa of Edesia’s…

Boozin’ Brownies: Beer, Bourbon, & Bacon!

Do you like chocolate? Beer? Bourbon? Bacon? Ever wonder what would happen if you put them all together?! Well, I was curious. City Tap House in Washington, DC had a baking-with beer competition. It was a Terrapin Wake-n-Bake competition; everyone had to use to original wake-n-bake beer in their baked entry. After some experimenting and brainstorming,…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Sandwiches! (aka “Take 5” bites)

Have you heard of Take 5 bars? If not, let me tell you, they are the best candy…ever. They have become challenging to find, at least in DC, and so I’ve been experimenting with different ways to recreate them. What are they you ask? They are a salty sweet treat comprised of peanut butter, peanuts, pretzels, and caramel, enveloped…