Guest Post: Orange-Fennel Semifreddo with Spicy Chocolate Bits & Almond Streusel

Orange-Fennel Semifreddo with Spicy Chocolate Bits & Almond Streusel

Hey everyone! I just wanted to pop in to let you all know that I’m still alive, I’ve just been caught up in a super-busy couple of weeks. I got to hang out on a farm in rural Vermont with cute animals, I’m in the midst of a few days of prop styling at EatingWell, AND I made a super delicious semifreddo for my favorite gal Eva as a guest post over on Adventures in Cooking! Head on over there and check it out, and I’ll be back soon enough once the craziness subsides here.

P.S. If you’ve sent me an email in the past week or two, I am not ignoring you and I promise I will reply soon! (I feel the need to acknowledge this because I’ve received a number of very sweet emails lately, and I desperately want to take the time to write thoughtful replies as soon as I have a moment to breathe.)

Berries & Cream Cake

Berries & Cream Cake

I’m back again! And this time, I brought cake!

This cake has made an appearance here before, many moons ago. With an overturned bowl as a stand. And an awkward screened-in porch thing going on in the background. So let’s just forget about that post and focus on this new one, because I’ve made some improvements (to both the recipe and my prop/photo situation). It deserves another moment in the spotlight, because it’s stupid easy to make and de-freakin-licious.

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A Very Overdue Post

fried chicken + cornbread

My last post was over six months ago. I promised you guys big, grand news back in January, and then I gave you half a year of silence. I honestly cannot believe that much time has gone by. It’s a gap that, when quantified, scared me a little. I asked myself questions like, “Can I even pick back up where I left off?” and “Do I truly want to?” I’ve spent the better half of a month mulling over these thoughts, wondering if this space could have run its course. But amidst all those doubts, one thought continually pushed its way through: “I miss my blog friends.” My little corner of the online food community has come to be an important part of my life over the years, and letting that fade away would be a damn shame. So, I’m back! With “hi!”s, “sorry!”s, and “I missed you!”s. And a not so short explanation of what I’ve been up to these past six months.

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Kabocha Curry with Spinach, Chickpeas, & Farro

Kabocha Curry with Spinach, Chickpeas, & Farro

Friends. I have things I want to tell you about. Big things. So major that I’ve been staring at these photos for over a week, unable to find common ground between all the news I want to share and this unexciting (albeit delicious) bowl of curry. And that’s why half my news will have to wait. Until I make a cake. One that may involve booze and pink frosting.

The other half, I’ll share now.

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Homemade Angostura Sugar Cubes & The Champagne Cocktail

Homemade Angostura Sugar Cubes

Hey guys! I hope everyone that celebrated Christmas this week had a fantastic one. This was the first year that I did not spend Christmas eve and day at my parents’ home. (I had to push the trip back to this weekend due to some scheduling issues.) It was a little strange, but we managed to have a fine little holiday here, complete with beef Wellington and hot buttered rum. And that time not spent traveling meant I could do a little New Year’s Eve planning on Thursday!

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