Friday, February 19, 2010

If I Knew You Were Coming...

I'd a baked a cake!
Oh yeah. I did already!
It's the most glorious chocolate cake I've ever eaten, if I do say so myself. But I can't take any credit. It's a simple gâteau au chocolat, and all the glory goes to France. Well, France and Carole Clements and Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen, the writers of French.

my best loved cookbook of all time.
If you like French food, you MUST get this cookbook. I use this book at least a couple times a week and it never fails me. Ever.
My favorite recipes, besides the cake? The scalloped potatoes, the quiche Savoyarde, the zucchini and tomato bake, the chicken and pistachio pâté, the provençal beef stew, and the pear and almond cream tart.
But the cake. Oh, the chocolate cake.
It will make you want to slap somebody in happiness.
Or kiss your dog on the lips.
Or strip down to your undies and do interpretive dance.

Beware of the power of this cake.

Guess why I'm making it.

This little cutie pie is coming home from college for the weekend.
We will eat cake. We will clasp hands and do ring around the rosies in the kitchen.
Then we will do her laundry.
I can't wait.

Have a great weekend, y'all!
Love, Becky


LW said...

What a wonderful weekend you have planned.
I hear you about the laundry the last time my two came home
I stopped counting by the fourteenth load.

That cake looks so good ……


Rebecca Ramsey said...

Oh Louise, you should try it.
If anybody wants the recipe, email me and I'll send it to you. I don't think the authors would mind. Once you taste it, you'll be sure to buy the cookbook!

And how about that laundry. With my two sweaty boys in sports, it's the bane of my existence. But I keep telling myself that once they're gone, I'll be wishing it back again. Well, maybe I won't miss their laundry, but I'm sure I'll miss them!

Anonymous said...

Becky, you sure know how to make chocoholics salivate!We're pretty much a family of chocoholics.

lotusgirl said...

My daughter and I were cracking up at what that cake will make you do. I gotta have me some of that.

I'm just going to have to get that recipe book. It sounds wonderful and it's nice not to have to guess about measurements and temperatures from my french cookbooks.

cute story: When I was telling my daughter about the gateau de chocolat, she said, isn't that a house or something? Me: Blink. Blink. Lightbulb. Oh. Chateau. We decided that a chocolate chateau would also be very delicious.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

It was a great one to have in France, too, because it gives amounts measured in grams, cups, and you don't have to convert/calculate when you go to the market.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

PS That is a cute story. A chateau of chocolate...Yum!

ParisBreakfasts said...

that gateaux looks seriously dangerous.
Surely having your feet in France has influenced your cooking don't you think?
Did the French invent scalloped potatos? The best dish on earth practically next to clams on the half shell..or lemon meringue pie or...

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I don't know, Becky. Can she travel by herself at that age??? :)

How dare you show me that delicious cake!! The season of skinny white trousers is almost upon us!

judy in ky said...

I love that song! My mother used to sing it all the time when my sister and I were little. I had forgotten all about it. I'm going to call her up and play it for her.

Kim said...

When I was in college the first time my mother always seemed to make something good when I was coming home for the weekend. I will have to find that book, the recipes sound yummy.
Have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

yay chocolate cake! i'm very glad to be at home mom!

R and L said...

I will need to buy that French cookbook so I can make a chocolate cake for my wife. And if what you say holds true, I'd like her to behave in some of those ways, especially the last one!

Susan said...

I don't know much about French cooking, but this cake looks yummy. Any thing that makes me dance around in my Underoos must be tasty. Hope you and your baby girl have a blast together!

Ronnie said...

I'll be needing that recipe!

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Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Okay, every single one of those recipes sound delicious. And now I want to eat cake--which means I better get in my kitchen!