"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

my immersion blender

Chop chop!

Behold! My new immersion blender!

Years ago I got one from my mother in law. I didn’t know what to do with it, since I didn’t cook that much at the time. When we moved, I gifted it to a gal who did. And I regretted it for years afterward.

So I asked for one for Yuletide and lo, it did appear under the Hanukkah bush.

I used it to make this chestnut and chickpea soup I saw on Food52, Amanda Hesser’s fancy food blog, for my annual soup swap gathering.

The results? A winner. Accolades. And all that.

Blend more…


It’s a total pain in the ass to make this chocolate beet cake. Let me just say that first.

But if it’s Valentine’s Day and you happen to be in love with a chef, then maybe you’ll want to make the effort. I did. I could always bake better than I could cook, although that’s hardly saying anything. Maybe I wanted to show off just a little.

Anyway. The beet cake. Delicious and healthy and of course from Joy the Baker, it it pretty involved and it will wreck your kitchen and take half the day. But what’s all that when you’re in love?

Mi corazon

Mi corazon

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