Dark Chocolate Stout Torte (Flourless)

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As I continue to climb down from post-travel To-Do List Mountain, it has come to my attention that February arrived.

Phil recently made his highly scientific prediction, meaning the pink hearts and red roses holiday is not far behind. It’s as delicious a reason as any to satisfy our chocolatiest, butteriest desires. I’m talking deep dark chocolate torte (inspired by our wedding cakes) with one special ingredient to set it apart from the rest of the flourless cake pack.

Flourless dark chocolate stout torte

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Cocoa-Dusted Espresso Blondies

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We’re knee-deep in holiday merry-making, all the while adjusting to our tiny new ball of fur. I can’t think of a better time to share these blondies.

Espresso and homemade coffee liqueur provide a double dose of caffeine, and a generous dusting of dark, rich cocoa powder is a beautiful flourish. Festive and fortifying all at once!

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Spiked Chorizo and Black Bean Chilli with Chipotle, Roasted Garlic and Plantain

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Cooked low and slow, this spicy twist on classic bean and meat chilli — with a shot of bourbon for good measure — is guaranteed to satisfy even the heartiest of eaters on the coldest of days. A perfect stick-with-you meal that fills your home and your belly with delicious warmth.

The recipe I’m sharing today features sweet roasted garlic, zucchini and summer squash, plantain, smoky chipotles in adobo, banana peppers and, for depth, two types of tomatoes — fire-roasted and sun-dried. To suit your taste and availability, you can vary these with in-season winter squash, dark leafy greens and sprouts, or root veg like parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potato and beets. Dried oregano, nutmeg and cinnamon add to the complex layering of classic Mexican flavors, and a scattering of fresh cilantro leaves cool and refresh as the finishing touch.

We used lean pork ground at home and seasoned in the style of chorizo, but you can use meat from fresh chorizo sausages purchased from a butcher. To make it vegetarian, omit the chorizo and stick with the black beans (canned or home-cooked from dry), or pump up the protein with additional beans, cooked lentils, or pan-seared tempeh or tofu crumbles.

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Summer Sip Upgrade: Wild Blackberry Negroni

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The story goes that this classic cocktail was invented in Florence by a guy with the last name of Negroni. It was originally served in Italy as an aperitivo — a beverage, typically something bitter, taken before supper both to socialize and to stimulate hunger. Equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, the Negroni is all at once bitter, sweet and smooth.

And as you might surmise from the short, yet potent ingredient list, it’s no shrinking violet.

This Sunday 21 June is both Father’s Day and the official start of summer — the longest day of the year. I won’t get to spend it with my own dad, or my husband or his dad for that matter. Still, a virtual clink is in order, and while all three are particularly appreciative of a well-made G&T, I’m offering a kickier twist: Wild Blackberry Negroni.

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Thyme Ginger Cava Cocktails

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As you read this we’re preparing a Thanksgiving toast with his parents who’ve just arrived from Wisconsin.

Usually my husband and I clink to each other with glasses of a good red or simple sparkling wine. For this extra special celebration — our home’s first holiday guests — we chose an extra special sparkly quaff! Thyme Ginger Cava Cocktails.

thyme infused simple syrup

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