Please pass the s’mores

Last year on National S’mores Day, I mentioned one thing about me which is a bit embarrassing in a culture of outdoor Americans — I have never gone camping. Oh, it’s not because I haven’t had the opportunity or any invitations to go on a camping trip. But camping is not my idea of a…

October 28: National Chocolate Day

My love affair with chocolate began when I was less than a year old. Both my parents are chocolate lovers and have passed on their sweet tooth. I’ve been known to use Hershey’s bars to draw on the crib (that’s when cribs were still made of wood). I’ve never been able to resist chocolate and…

August 10: National S’mores Day!

I’ve been off for a while due to some sticky family situation but I’m back just in time for S’mores Day. Talk about sticky situations! As a kid, I’ve roasted marshmallows and I was familiar with Mallomars and Moonpies but I didn’t know what a s’more (or smore) was until I came to the U.S. decades…

June 22: National Chocolate Eclair Day

Okay, this is a bit late because I’ve been procrastinating all week but yes, today is National Chocolate Eclair Day. I’ve been looking for the image of a fancy eclair I saved but I can’t find it so thanks to Tumbler’s Food Masterpost, I give you  the classic chocolate eclair. I was considering making eclairs…

Cooking Term: Ganache

Versatile chocolate frosting

Ganache is a French term for a glaze usually made from chocolate and cream. My husband kept hearing it when I watch the Food Network that it started to grate on his nerves. I first encountered this term while reading a cookbook on Austrian baking. The Sacher Torte called for a robing of ganache. Ganache is the French word for jowl so I don’t really know how that became a coating for cakes. It can also be an icing (or frosting for us Americans), sauce, or filling depending on its consistency. The “frenchiness” made me leery of making it. But my fears were allayed by watching many episodes of Cupcake Wars where contestants whip up ganache like frenzied Tasmanian devils.