Coconut Cake

Coconut cakes are a part of good old fashioned, 20th century American cooking.The coconut-snow-topped layer cakes seemed to have popped into existence somewhere in the 20's in the south. Soon after, the fuzzy looking coconut cake recipes started making their appearance throughout the years around Easter in magazines like Good Housekeeping and McCalls.  

Hot Chocolate

Well. We’re a week and some change into 2018. It feels like last year went by so fast, although, I suppose the older I get, the quicker it goes…

The new year came in with a frigid blast to announce its arrival. Here in Chicago, the wind chilled single-digit temperatures into the negatives. The Great Lakes are 22% covered in ice, as opposed to 3% last year at this time. New York encounter a winter that was one for the books and even Tallahassee, Florida got snow! It seemed that most of the country was chilled to the bone, huddled under blankets in their homes, surviving on gift boxes of chocolate, wine from neighbors and bosses and last week’s Christmas cookies. The post-holiday exhaustion outweighing the stir-craziness of not being able to leave the house.