this chocolate "depression cake" is free of butter, eggs and milk.

Sometimes, a chocolate craving is too powerful to ignore. What on Earth does a horribly hungry and chocolate-crazed quarantined baker do when there are no eggs, butter OR milk? They improvise, and they make that darn cake. The recipe calls for cooled brewed coffee, but you may use water. Coffee accentuates chocolate, but do as you please! Come take a walk on the wild side and make this delicate yet satisfying cake. I'll lead the way. My mother gave me the beautiful cake plate, and I am positive that it makes everything taste better. The Vanishing Depression Cake Makes 8 servings- it only made three when I made it, hungrily. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa p

12-minute cacio e pepe spaghetti squash

12-minute cacio e pepe spaghetti squash?! Sure thing. “Cacio e pepe” is Italian for “cheese and pepper”. I simply dressed the squash with local olive oil from Olinda Olive Oil, basil, lemon juice and lemon zest. It ended up being a perfect porching plate! My Charleston apartment has a precious pearly white porch with a baby blue floor, surrounded by vibrant, emerald jungle-like trees that make the most beautiful sound when the breeze blows. Loquat trees blooming right outside my kitchen window remind me that the freshest ingredients are alive right in our town. I utilized basil that is growing in a flower pot on my porch, lemons from a local farm (provided by Lowcountry Street Grocery) and

it's leg day.

Ginger and turmeric: it even sounds catchy. The sweet, yet zesty flavor of ginger plays well with the earthy tones of turmeric. I used ground spices from my spice cabinet. Cornmeal provides a crunchy coating, and lightly sweet with a bit of a grainy texture. I adapted this recipe from Nathalie Dupree's Sesame and Turmeric Chicken recipe in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. Ginger and Turmeric Cornmeal Crusted Drumsticks 1/2 cup plain cornmeal 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric Salt Freshly ground pepper 6 chicken drumsticks Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cornmeal with sesame seeds, ginger, turmeric, salt and pepper. Using one hand, coat ea

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