Saturday, April 21, 2007

Intense Chocolate Torte

Here's a recipe that I tried out over Easter - it was met with rave reviews! From Palace Market flyer (Point Reyes, CA), cook Gloria Pedilla, found in the book "The 150 Best American Recipes" compiled by Fran McCullough & Molly Stevens.

1 c. pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 5 whole crackers)
2 Tbsp. sugar
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted, plus more if needed

1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used Ghiradelli choc. chips)
1 c. whipping cream
6 large eggs, beaten
3/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. flour

To make the crust:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients, using more melted butter, if needed, to make the crust stick together. Press the mixture onto the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

To make the filling:
In a medium saucepan, heat the chocolate and cream over low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove from the heat and set aside. In a stand mixer or large bowl, combine the beaten eggs, sugar, and flour. Beat for 10 minutes (less if you're beating by hand), or until thick and lemon-colored. Fold one quarter of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, then fold the chocolate mixture into the remaining egg mixture. Pour the filling into the crust.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until puffed around the edge and halfway to the center. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove the sides of the pan.

Let cool 4 hours before serving.

Tips: You may get a few cracks on top of the torte as it cools, but don't worry; it will still be delicious!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community.


It's finally out! My brother's new CD "Anyone Else Just Isn't You" just released last weekend is available for purchase for $15! It's an awesome CD - check out a few of their songs from the CD on their myspace webpage. So proud of you guys!!

Monday, April 02, 2007

It's almost here!! little brother is in a band. To most, this may seem like a cute hobby for a little brother, but for me, I know it's a pretty serious (and therefore, pretty awesome) part of his life. His band started out as an a capella quartet in high school (him, three of his best friends, singing good ole' tunes such as "Grandma's Feather Bed" and "Brown-Eyed Girl"). Then they were known as Signature Four. They even recorded their first CD - a pretty big feat for a bunch of college freshmen! The CD had only one original song on it - the rest were a capella covers. The artwork design was done by my college roomie - The Art Diva Jenny - and I shot some photos of them for it. They ended up changing their name to Skyline Citizen right before mass producing the CDs (a bit of a pain for Jenny, but she dealt with it!). Now, they are officially done with their second CD - it actually got dropped off at the place that makes all of the CD copies this morning. I'm super excited for the new one to be here - it's completely awesome - and that's not just because I'm the big sister of someone in the group. It's a legitamately GOOD CD - one I would buy if I happened to hear their music somewhere. They aren't really a capella anymore (although there is a few covers on this album still) - they've moved into a more acoustic, rock, pop feel - something for everyone. And, the majority of the CD is their own original songs - at least one song written by each member of the group. I'm sure I'll be posting more about it later - but I just wanted to throw up the CD cover (designed again by Jenny) and a plug for their music - check them out at their website or their myspace page! I just took a look at their website and it looks like it's in the middle of being completely revamped for the release of the new CD so it might be best to head to myspace first and just keep tabs on their website if you're interested. You can even download some of their new stuff on the myspace page if you like it!