Baking: Double-Chocolate Layer Cake

A couple of days ago I baked my favorite chocolate cake, from a recipe by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. This double-layer chocolate cake is a hit with my family; the kids literally squeal with delight when they realize what I’m making. The buttermilk keeps the cake crazy moist, and the coffee in both the…

Family Dining: SushiMe

We love to eat out as a family, and we’ve gotten to a pretty nice place where we can eat at a variety of restaurants that don’t necessarily cater to children (read: have a Kid Menu with the likes of chicken strips and mac and cheese). One of our standbys for a quick, cheap meal…

Dine In: Rockfish a la Plancha

Tonight’s dinner was Rockfish a la Plancha, adapted from a recipe in our book, “Plancha: 150 Great Recipes for Spanish-Style Grilling.” “A la plancha” is Spanish for “grilled on a metal plate,” and in this case we used a cast iron griddle from Lodge Logic. The idea of “a la plancha” is to use a…

Cocktail: Corpse Reviver No. 2

I love me a finely-crafted cocktail. Don’t give me amateur shit like a Screwdriver. Please. I owe my appreciation for a real cocktail to my husband, whose mad scientist-like study and concocting of beverages will someday land him (and likely me) on the wait list for a liver replacement. The liquor cabinet in our house…

Dine Out: Osteria La Spiga

Recently we spent a lovely evening celebrating a good friend’s birthday at Osteria La Spiga, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It was the third time we’ve dined here, and was definitely the best of the three experiences. The interior is industrial and trendy, with a mix of wood, metal and leather that somehow exudes warmth…