The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

… your dinner mates. That’s my kind of fun anyway. This year, I opted to make my own selection of chocolates for the Christmas table and extra to give out to friends. One I call chocolate bark, because it has a rough-hewn texture, but it’s really like a giant chocolate bar that you can break into shards, so you don’t have to worry about fussy moulds and tempering. I love the combination of chocolate and rye with added sea salt. (you may have tried my chocolate rye brownie at the bakery, or …

Baking with tea: How to make your desserts even better.

Chai infused shortbread – Photo by Juliana Jiménez Sometimes, one person’s act of generosity is another person’s curse. For instance, a few years ago, a roommate left me with several boxes of mediocre bagged tea that she didn’t want to take with her. To her, this was a kind gesture, but to me, an admitted tea snob, it was a curse. There I was, a waste-averse tea-litist with countless bags of tea that I didn’t want to …

Coffee shop owners open brewery in Wauseon – Toledo Blade

… it,” Mrs. Michelson said. “My husband and I like craft beer as much as we did when we started our coffee business [12 years ago]. So, when we saw how much space was back there we kind of got the idea, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to brew beer back here?” The only thing is, neither of the Michelsons had any expertise in brewing beer, just the interest. “I’m 58 and he’s 61, so we didn’t want to start brewing beer,” she said. The Wauseon couple, however, didn’t have to look too far to …

Dorm Room Hacks: How to Make Chocolate Cake in Your Own Dorm Room

… magically comfortable place. However, it’s difficult to prepare in a short amount of time. Preparing the perfect chocolate cake quickly involves science (but don’t worry — this kind of science is delicious and won’t lower your GPA). Let me introduce you to the microwave. You’re used to just using it for warming up  pizza or heating water for tea. But there’s so much more the microwave can do. The microwave is one of the most underutilized pieces of kitchenry out there, which is a …