Flourless Chocolate “Hummus” Cake

While many flourless chocolate cakes have a dense and fudgey texture, this one is more akin to a typical cake crumb texture. The secret? A can for garbanzo beans! Unless they were told so, most people eating this cake will never know the secret ingredient. Garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) are high in starch content. So much so, they are often … Read More

Black Forest Cherry Crepes

Crepes are one of those seemingly formidable items that people enjoy but are often afraid to do themselves.  They really aren’t as difficult as they appear!  It does take a bit of practice to get the pan at the temperature and to have enough batter without making them too thick.  Thankfully they’re easy to mix together, aren’t expensive, and can … Read More

More “Bang Bang” for your Buck!

If you’re looking for something rich, sinful, and flavorful I have just the thing for you…”Butter Brickle Bang Bangs”.  This an original cookie (candy?) that I created for my “Holiday Cookie” class.  It started with an old recipe clipping from a newspaper.  Originally it was the crumb base as I have it (graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar) that was … Read More

A Chef, a Nun, and a Pianist…

Several chefs, nuns, and a jazz pianist walk into a hotel…Kinda sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, doesn’t it? Actually it’s not… The better question would be:  What do 14 chefs, a seaside resort, and a healthcare system have in common?  Thankfully NOT a massive case of food poisoning! It does however sound like “Delicious Destinations”  an amazing … Read More

Homemade Churros

Growing up in southern California I was accustomed to Churros, a Mexican pastry stick that is coated with cinnamon sugar.  They could be found at everything from concession stands and high-school games to theme parks, and most any place where such snack type offerings could be bought.  Recently while updating my “Mexican Fiesta” class I decided to incorporate them as … Read More