The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

By Claire Ptak | December 12, 2015 Work away from any drafts so that the chocolate does not set prematurely. Photograph: Kristin Perers for the Guardian In recent years many bean‑to-bar chocolate manufacturers have come to market making beautiful chocolates with even more beautiful packaging. It’s fun to just buy a selection of bars and tear them open at the table after dinner, tasting and chatting about the nuance of flavour with …

Half Baked Harvest – Made with Love

… snowboarding at the moment just livin up the European lifestyle. I don’t know about you guys, but when I was 15 I was sitting in a classroom praying for the bell to ring at 3:05 pm, only to then walk home, do homework, eat dinner and veg out on the latest episode of Gilmore Girls…OH BUT! Speaking of Gilmore Girls, did you guys hear that they might be bringing NEW episodes to Netflix?!?!? I mean, I mean…my excitement is through the roof!! I watch almost zero TV, but I would watch this …

Science-Backed Benefits Of Coffee Reveal Its Impacts On Everything From Heart To Brain Health

By Samantha Olson | July 9, 2015 Coffee is an internationally beloved morning beverage, after-dinner drink, and a pick-me-up for everything in between. Science has flip-flopped back and forth on whether or not the health benefits of consuming coffee outweigh consequences, however. But in the last decade there’s been a substantial amount of prevailing evidence collected from millions of patients that supports the idea the drink has the power to lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, …

Teen learns the ropes ‘pedaling’ coffee

… higher level of caffeine. The nitrogen infusion process boosts the level even further, she said. Winter and her parents moved to Rapid City from Green Bay, Wis., three years ago. They became close friends with Mark Royalty who along with partner Nick Reid operates Pure Bean Roasters in Rapid City. Nitrogen-infused, cold-press coffee is popular on the East and West coasts. The idea of selling it out of a tricycle cart came up over dinner one night in February, Winter said. “I thought it …

My Mother’s Moist Chocolate Cake With Vanilla Icing | Maria Rodale

By Maria Rodale | June 19, 2015 From my mother, I learned how to serve an army. She was constantly having to grab a cake out of the freezer when my father unexpectedly brought business guests home for dinner. This recipe was a regular at those dinners, pulled from the freezer in a square tinfoil disposable pan, already iced with buttercream icing. Even frozen, it’s delicious. Fresh, it’s awesome. And it serves 36! You can make it as a sheet cake, a number of smaller cakes for …