French Chocolate Cake

I am going to Paris!  I am so so excited.  I leave this Saturday.  In preparation, I am reading David Lebovitz's Book "The Sweet Life in Paris".  I am enjoying it a great deal, although I feel like it is always a little dangerous to read the impressions of someone else right before you go, lest your expectations are skewed.  It does seem to reinforce a lot of stereotypes.

One of the best parts of the book is that he has interspersed recipes throughout books.  This is pretty brilliant and I think all books should have recipes in them: fiction, non-fiction, even textbooks.  I think I would have enjoyed some of my math textbooks more if they had along side proofs for Stokes' Theorem a recipe for a smooth manifold cake.  (Don't worry, I don't expect anyone to actually understand that).

Dutch Oven Bread

Last Sunday, for Mother's Day, my mom came out for a visit.  We went to see Carole King and James Taylor and had a lot of fun.  She also brought me presents and cleaned my apartment.  I think she might have the holiday backwards.

Key Lime Pie

Or: if this dessert was any easier it would come in a box.
Seriously, it is taking me more time to write the blog post than it did to make the pie.  First the graham cracker crust is crushed graham crackers, sugar and butter.

Strawberry Shortcakes

I have been positively remiss with my posting.  And I have no good excuse.  I will try to make it up to you, and I begin with these:
I got strawberries in my weekly produce delivery (yay!).  I love strawberries.  The amount of strawberries was too small to do much with so I decided on strawberry shortcakes.  Plus, biscuits and whipped cream as so easy to make, I was able to whip them up in the middle of a hectic Saturday no problem.