nigella's chocolate gingerbread
Super Easy Chocolate Gingerbread -
Evan Kleiman

Several years ago,  2004 in fact,  I became obsessed with Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Gingerbread from her cookbook Feast.  I made it once then another thirty times.  Why?  It's a perfect foolproof cake with holiday flavor that is dead simple, not just to make but to serve.  At Angeli we ended more

Evan's Hot Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup, Enriched for Cold Fighting -
Evan Kleiman

The other night I finally felt myself succumbing to the latest cold/flu.  That dreaded scratchy throat and overall malaise required soup. I love Hot and Sour Soup and luckily had chicken broth in the freezer and fresh ginger and turmeric in the fridge.  Ginger and turmeric are supposed to be anti-inflammatories so perfect more

Brigit's Ginger Gold Rush Cocktail
Recipe: Brigit’s Ginger Gold Rush Cocktail -
Evan Kleiman

To cap off a great day of teaching and my last night in Paso Robles, host Brigit Binns made me this perfect cocktail.  Bright with lemon juice, just enough spice from the ginger, strong warmth from the Makers Mark and not too sweet, it was my introduction to Domaine de Canton more