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Posted by Ellen

Monday, February 10, 2014

Chocolate Loaf Cake is a dense, fudgy dessert perfect for a cozy evening in.  I discovered this delectable recipe on 101 Cookbooks while I was looking for a cake that could satisfy my chocolate craving and be made without an extra trip to the grocery store this past weekend [the batter contains rich melted bittersweet chocolate and a few other pantry-staple ingredients]. It was so easy to bake and tasted like a cross between brownies, fudge, and a teacake. This particular loaf cake is velvety smooth to bite into, but has a no sticky-frosting simplistic veneer.

The only adjustments that I made to Heidi’s variation of the recipe were in opting for dairy-free ingredients. Fortunately, the cake was just as deliciously buttery and chocolaty with DF butter and bittersweet chocolate, so I recommend this substitution if necessary.

The batter is thin when it goes into the oven, but it comes out moist with a dense...

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Soups for Spring

Posted by Issy

Friday, February 7, 2014

Just when the weather had risen to a promising 45 degrees, it just had to dive bomb back down to 32. Being a southern California native, I have done everything in my power to keep the idea of mid-70s and sunshine on the front lines of my thoughts. However, in an attempt to embrace my northeastern surroundings, I have been dabbling in the world of soups and stews. One of my favorite things about them is that no matter the recipe, they are always so easy to put together. As long as you have a good broth, your pantry is your wonderland!

Regardless of what the groundhog says or sees, spring is on its way, and with it comes all the promise of fresh, local vegetables from farmers’ markets, and succulent fruits that remind us of clear skies, warm breezes, and green grass (something that I don’t take advantage of enough...

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World Nutella Day

Posted by Alexa

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Today is the day we celebrate a sweet condiment that is very close to my heart: Nutella! This creamy, chocolatey, nutty spread has been one of my favorite add-ins since my friends fed me my first spoonful back during my junior year of high school. I will eat it in pretty much any way imaginable… on fruit, on toast, in brownies and cupcakes, and (my favorite) in cups of hot chocolate. Then there are those occasions that require you to eat it straight out of the jar (that’s what I was doing when the Red Sox won the World Series last October…).

Nutella Instagram

However, until now, Nutella has been an ingredient I’ve only impulsively added to things I’m currently baking. I recently realized that I don’t have any go-to recipes that include Nutella as a part of its genetic makeup, so I decided to do a little searching. Here are the five...

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The Cutest Carrot Cake You Ever Did See

Posted by Ellen

Monday, February 3, 2014

For the past few years, I’ve spent Super Bowl Sunday sitting mindlessly bored on someone’s couch, pretending to watch the big game. Oftentimes, I would at least make it my personal responsibility to eat bowl after bowl of chili, but this year I went in a completely new direction.

It occurred to me that if I don’t like football, then I don’t have to watch it! I won’t even get my citizenship revoked for doing something unrelated to football on Super Bowl Sunday. I was thinking of catching up on a long-neglected novel, but a close friend invited me over for a tea party. Clearly, she isn’t a football fan either.

A tea party sounded like a relaxing alternative to the game. Besides, there is something bright and cheerful about tea parties, and this winter has left Boston frosted with snow at least once every other week. To my surprise, I awoke...

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