Babka=sweet yeast cake Who doesn’t like a chocolate babka? It’s chocolaty, it’s swirly, it’s delicious. It’s definitely the superior babka, not like cinnamon babka, which is clearly the lesser babka [in the words of Seinfeld]. How can one eat babka without thinking about Seinfeld? I haven’t had babka in years. Grew up in New York, … Continue Reading

 I made an impulse purchase the other day, and found myself with a 4-pack of Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. Not really sure what possessed me to buy beer, as I’m not much of beer drinker these days. Maybe just got caught up in the holiday festivities; this beer only comes around once a year, … Continue Reading

Was happy to find chocolate mint at the farmers’ market the other day. One breath and I was overtaken by the intoxicating aroma of mint and sweet chocolate. Before long, I had a gallon of milk and half a dozen eggs in my bag — the foundation for some excellent gelato. I have to say, … Continue Reading

A crostata is an Italian pastry. The dough for the pastry is referred to as pasta frolla (a close relative of shortbread) and is usually filled with seasonal fruit or any number of homemade jams, sometimes even chocolate. Since it’s February in Chicago, and there’s no local fruit to be found, and because I love … Continue Reading

Hats off to all you bakers out there.  I must admit, I’m not a huge baker (well, besides experimenting with bread, that is).  Compared to cooking, I find baking a bit of a chore.  Probably has to do with the fact that I just don’t bake much and am not as confident in my baking … Continue Reading