Flourless Persimmon Cake with Black Pepper-Molasses Date Caramel (DF/GF)

Flourless Persimmon Cake with Black Pepper-Molasses Date Caramel (DF/GF) (via thepigandquill.com)

Thank you so kindly for the dramatic outpouring of support I received here and across social media following my last post. While I’ve been a bit delinquent about responding to comments and messages, it’s only because your generous gestures have left me without adequate words. ♥ I’ve thought a lot over the past few weeks about how to start this blog post. In the wake of my last post, I’ve experienced no shortage of heart-warming gestures of love, support and generosity, any of which would make a fine anecdote with which to kick off this recipe for wintry spice cake. If you fancy yourself a writer (as I sometimes dare to), you may relate to the giddy elation that occurs when, mid-shampoo, words you’ve been struggling with begin to rise from within — coaxed forth by the similarly rising steam, or perhaps the safe anonymity of the fogged-over mirrors — only to find they’ve retreated when you finally make time to put pen to paper (finger to keyboard) too many long moments later. It’s not that I intended to go this long without checking in, but after the first few false starts, it started to feel a little forced. So today. Tonight. Without poetry or … Read More

Almond-Stuffed Dates with Bourbon Bacon Jam

First, a note of extreme thanks to everyone who participated in Cook Taste Eat & Whole Food’s Everyday 365 Coconut Milk recipe challenge. The Pig & Quill’s Chiles en Nogada didn’t quite make the cut, but it was an honor to be included with such talented foodies in the voting round. I know many of you committed special time to spreading the word via Facebook and email, and it was greatly appreciated. Perhaps most entertaining: Chris is actually a bit disappointed by not having to eat raw tomato. The volumes spoken by that sentence… Sunday funday. Hope yours has been a blast. Ours has been incredibly satisfying. And by satisfying I mean productive. And by productive I mean laundry-filled. Yes, a day filled with laundry, closet-cleaning (nine bags to Goodwill!) and a meatloaf supper is truly all it takes. I know, too easy. It’s a wonder I find anything at all to complain about (and yet I manage…). A couple of weeks ago FoodGal blogger Carolyn Jung hosted a giveaway, which she does on a rather awesomely frequent basis, and it had a bit of a nutty theme. Like, really, it was an almond giveaway, sponsored by the Almond Board of California. Like the lot of you, I … Read More