chocolate things

chocolate things | the thoughtful platePosting this recipe for Chocolate Things was not part of my plan. I made them on a whim last Friday for my family and myself, because some days I just need something bread-y and I need to make something from the Cheese Board’s book. Thus, that afternoon was spent kneading doughs and shaping said doughs into knots and rolls.

They came out of the oven while there was still just enough light outside to snap a few photos, so I did. Not great photos, and definitely not photos intended for the blog, but photos for documentation nonetheless.

The next day, while at the art museum, my beloved camera lens sustained a small fall and separated into two pieces. It was tragic. I probably shed a tear or two. I don’t know if anyone was watching or not, and I don’t care. The lens that I use almost everyday and can’t blog without died. Continue reading


cookies with dark chocolate, pecans, and coconut

cookies with dark chocolate, pecans, and coconut | the thoughtful plateWhen an entire day passes in which you feel as though you’re living in a giant grey lightbox, cookies are a good idea. Continue reading

salted caramel chocolate flan

IMG_6522When I was little, my mom, brother, and I would eat at this particular Mexican food place in town quite frequently. It was a very small building, basically just a kitchen, painted white with one green stripe and one red stripe around the top. The appearance was slightly scary, but they made super good burritos and taquitos, and the house salsa was superb. We usually drove through on our way to Grandma’s house to swim, or on our way to the library or some other errand. Continue reading


photo-117 copyBrownies have always been my favorite dessert (for as long as I can remember, at least). When I was younger, I could basically pass on anything sweet unless the thing happened to be a brownie.

photo-116 copy 3It had to be a specific brownie though. Preferably nut-free, and absolutely, positively frosting-free. I love walnuts, so I can enjoy them in brownies. But the moment frosting is smeared over a pan of brownies, the brownies basically become a sheet cake. Tragic. Continue reading

chocolate-dipped cuties


Isn’t it terrific how citrus fruits make their appearance at such a drab time of year?

When I think I can’t possibly stand another cloudy day, I peel an orange or zest a lemon and my whole world seems instantly brighter. I love it.

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