Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

It’s officially that time of year. You know, that time of year when it’s too hot to breathe. When the thought of a hair dryer is too much to bear, so you walk around looking like an insane poodle who had a run-in with an electrical outlet. When the oven becomes your mortal enemy, eyeing you sulkily from the corner of the kitchen because it hasn’t been used for months. When us devout coffee drinkers are faced with the heart-wrenching task of deciding between our daily hot cups, which will no doubt push our delicate body temperatures over the sweaty edge, and the so often weak, watery, disappointing iced cups. But it doesn’t have to be that way, sisters (or brothers). You can have your iced coffee and enjoy it too.

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Coffee Frozen Yogurt

Apparently, when I was a little girl, I really like coffee-flavored yogurt. That’s weird, I know, but I don’t think I ever had the same food hang-ups that most kids had. I loved brussels sprouts, hoovered broccoli and took to sushi much more readily than I probably should have. I think the coffee-yogurt thing was most likely a foreshadowing of my coffee dependency of today. Next to Haagen Dazs chocolate peanut butter (I’m sorry, it just doesn’t get any better), coffee is by far my favorite flavor.

We all scream!!

The Queens Kickshaw

I haven’t done any restaurant posts in a while. There are a couple reasons for that. One, this really is mostly a cooking blog, cuz that’s what I do. Two, most of my eating out is done at night and it’s hard to get good photos in the dark. Three, even when the light is good, I generally don’t like taking lots of food pics in a restaurant, particularly if I’m with my friends. Today, however, I was in a great place, in the middle of the day, by myself and thought, hell, why not. Say hi to The Queens Kickshaw.

Say cheese!

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Lets talk about how to choose recipes on There are two major criteria: a high fork rating and an old recipe. If a recipe has two forks, but is brand new and has only been reviewed twice, well then the fork rating is rendered moot. If, on the other hand, a recipe was first published in 1999, has 1400+ reviews and has still managed to hang on to its 4-fork rating, in that case, you probably have a winner. I mean, it’s possible that 1400 reviewers are wrong, but mass hysteria over a double-chocolate layer cake seems unlikely. As it turns out, those reviewers have never been so right.

Chocolate coma ahead!

Chocolate Stout Cake

I have other recipes to post, but this guy got in the way and demanded to be shared, ASAP. Those other guys will just have to wait. Around 4 PM yesterday I found out about an office birthday…today. I love being the default baker for office birthdays; I volunteer because it gives me a chance to make those crazy big creations that, living alone, are just ridiculous to make on a regular basis. However, given the lack of warning, and the pending evening gym trip, I had to find a fairly quick, uninvolved recipe. I checked a few of my go-to blogs and viola, Smitten Kitchen to the rescue…again…

Booze and chocolate and coffee, oh my!