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• Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Sherry's Chocolate Raspberry Torte

It’s November again, that means it’s time for another tasty, chocolate treat for Sherry’s birthday.  This is a very, VERY chocolaty, very rich and yummy Torte – if you are not a true chocolate lover, this may be a bit much for you.  However, if you are a true chocolate lover, I am sure you’ll soon be making noises normally only heard through cheap motel walls.  The torte must refrigerate for at least 4 hours, so I made it the night before her birthday dinner.


  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (for dusting)
  • Confectioners’ sugar (for dusting)
  • 15 Ounces of bittersweet chocolate, broken into small pieces (you’ll be tempted to use 16, don’t do it)
  • 18 Tbsp (2 1/4 sticks) of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces. (for cooking)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter (for greasing the pan)
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 5 egg whites
  • 9 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Brandy
  • 3Tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1Tbsp of hot water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries (These can sometimes be hard to find – Cherry pie filling makes a nice substitute)
  • whipped cream
  • 1 jar raspberry preserves (optional for sauce)


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• Monday, February 09th, 2009

Turkey Meatball SubI know, I know – it’s HEALTHY!  No cream, no butter.  I can’t believe it either.  BUT….this tastes so good if you don’t tell anyone, they won’t know it’s good for them.  I kept it a secret from all and even the kids raved about how much they liked them and that I would have to make these again.

I think I’ll keep the healthy part a secret a bit longer. more…

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• Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Moist, tender chicken breasts with a little bite to them. Unlike many of my dinner recipes this one uses only a little butter and cream (can’t go without) so it is reasonably healthy. One kid liked the chicken, but not the sauce. The other kid, well – we made sure to not get our hands near her plate…I’m pretty sure she liked it. Next time I may grill the chicken briefly first to give it some lines and crunch on the outside.


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• Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Moist, tender beef bathed in a smooth, thick sauce with a wonderful taste, perfect for dipping bread into.   This was already a family favorite, but with this last variation it was declared perfect and DONE!  This recipe takes a bit of time to prepare, but it is so worth it.   Save some prep time by buying pre-cut veggies. more…

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• Monday, November 10th, 2008

DISCLAIMER:  If you are looking for a made-from-scratch cake recipe, move along.  Sorry.

This was a special chocolaty cake for my Fiancée, Sherry.  As usual I found a recipe I thought looked good and fiddled with it some to make it my own.  Everyone agreed it was quite moist and tasty. Even the kids who usually offer some form of suggestion on improvement cleaned the plates in record time. more…

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