The Yummy Side of Life…

Hot Cocoa Cake in a Mug
September 6, 2009, 9:07 pm
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Cake in a mug! This is one of my favorite desserts for which I usually have everything on hand. But somehow I don’t have any cocoa in the house right now (did I throw it out in the move? I can’t remember!). I headed to Google to see if I could find any other recipe than my usual, and I found this particular recipe. It makes a VERY dense bread-like cake. I used a Creme Brulee hot cocoa mix. Two packets of this mix came out nearly to 9 tablespoons, so that is something I can remember for future hot cocoa cakes!


Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cake (in a Mug) – adapted from


  • 9 tablespoons (2 packets) Land O’ Lakes Creme Brulee Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Mix dry ingredients together in large mug.
  2. Add wet ingredients and stir with spoon. Fold ingredients from bottom, making sure to incorporate ALL dry ingredients.
  3. Microwave for 3 minutes (more or less depending on wattage).
  4. Enjoy straight from mug, or turn out into bowl and garnish with a topping of your choice!
Cooking in the Microwave

Cooking in the Microwave


Picture of the Day…
June 23, 2008, 10:01 pm
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Raspberry Shortcake

Raspberry “shortcake” with Cool Whip topping.

The Split Banana…
May 11, 2008, 1:16 am
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Soooo I have to rave about the new local ice cream shop in town. The Split Banana opened in March and is absolutely delightful! It is co-owned by Nick Blanton (I forget the other guy’s name… Sorry!). His sister is Erin, co-owner (with their mom) of the local toy store–Pufferbellies. Yeah, that last sentence didn’t really have a point. Just had to throw a plug in for Pufferbellies too :-p

Anyway… The Split Banana always has a unique selection of sorbets, gelatos, and ice creams. Tonight, they had a new gelato flavor, Cocoa Ancho. Most foodies know that this is actually a pretty typical combination, but I’ve never heard of it as a frozen treat. I tasted it, and was immediately enamored! A rich dark chocolate with the kick of ancho chiles. I had to have it! So I got it as a shake. 4 scoops of the gelato and some creamline (non-homogenized) milk, and off we go! All that to say… It was really good 🙂

Also, THE WHOLE STAFF is always really nice and welcoming. We go there so often, I’m sure some of them are tired of seeing us!

YOU should visit their website here —-> The Split Banana


Grapefruit Zambaglione over Mixed Berries
January 10, 2008, 1:58 am
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from Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis

3 cups mix of hulled and quartered strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries (I used a defrosted frozen bag of mixed berries in order to save money)
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (I used bottled and it turned out just fine)
Pinch kosher salt
Grated grapefruit zest (Left it out, since I used bottled juice)

In a large bowl, toss together the berries. Spoon the berries into serving dishes and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks, sugar, grapefruit juice, and salt in a large metal or glass bowl. Whisk vigorously until combined and the color is a pale yellow. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Using a whisk or an electric hand mixer, vigorously whisk the egg mixture until it has tripled in volume and is very thick and creamy, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Spoon the warm zabaglione over the berries. Top with a light sprinkle of grapefruit zest. Serve immediately.


Zabaglione – A dessert or sauce consisting of egg yolks, sugar, and wine or liqueur beaten until thick and served hot or cold. -from

This was superb. One of the best desserts I’ve had in a long time, and that means it’s beating out any form of chocolate.


Chocolate Espresso Cookies
October 28, 2007, 3:05 pm
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…in an email from my MIL.

Melt slowly in a double boiler:
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. butter softened
1 T. instant coffee
1/2 t. vanilla
Set aside to cool while mixing the rest.
In a large bowl:
1 egg, whisked
Add chocolate mixture slowly to egg.

Add to chocolate/egg mixture:

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. flour (White or Whole Wheat)
1/8 t. baking soda
1/8 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

The batter will be more wet than normal cookie batter. According to my MIL, you can add dried fruits, nuts, wheat germ, ground flax seed, or a favorite liqueur. Or not!

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside 🙂


Memory from the teenage years…
July 23, 2007, 12:52 am
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When I was a teenager, my mom and I baked something almost every weekend. I guess it was about the time when I was in high school that we found a recipe for cake mix cookies. They are SO simple and yummy (or as Rachael Ray would say… YUM-O!) Anyway, here’s the recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies

1 box (18.5 oz) cake mix (any flavor)
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients until batter is the consistency of a normal cookie batter. Mold spoonfuls of batter into balls and drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes.
Cookies should be slightly crispy around the edge and gooey in the center when pulled from the oven. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to wax paper.

You can also add candies to your cookies. 2 cups of baking chips (chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter) or 3/4 cups of mini M&Ms will do!!!

Have fun with this easy recipe and enjoy!