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Easy-Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake

My favorite make-ahead cake, a chocolate sheet cake that’s kid-friendly, especially covered with sprinkles! It's dark and moist and chocolate-y. I a-d-o-r-e how the chocolate frosting sort of melts into the cake! Plus? There’s no need to get the butter out ahead of time because the recipe calls for melted butter! Better yet? No mixer required! All you need is a saucepan, a bowl and a wooden spoon. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~


An Innocent Start to "The Year of the Cake"The Year of the Cake, that’s what one extra-good cake just might trigger, even for someone more likely to grab a carrot than a cookie, a chicken thigh before a cake slice.It all started innocently enough. We spent New Year’s at my sister’s in her tiny hometown in North Texas. How tiny a town? Well, think a mere 1.3 square miles. No grocery, not even a saloon since it’s a dry county. The welcome sign outside town announces a population of 512 people.(The cake, Alanna, the cake!)Well, what my sister’s tiny …

Chicken with Shallots

A one-pot Quick Supper, chicken drumsticks and/or chicken thighs braised with shallots in a white-wine and mustard sauce. Inexpensive and easy to prepare, makes the kitchen smell so good! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~


What About It, Is There Such a Thing As Too Many Chicken Recipes?"Because I just don't need any more chicken recipes!" I parry back whenever someone probes why I don’t write / haven’t written / aren't writing a cookbook. And the truth is, Kitchen Parade, of sorts, has become my online cookbook, a body of work, a collection of my very best recipes but in living form, easy to update with new tweaks, new lessons, new simplifications, new adaptations. So when I contemplate "creating" more recipes – where, from the air, just to be different? and just to say I've written a cookbook? – my eyes cross and my mind goes blank.Because really, I have enough chicken recipes for a lifetime. Why would I seek out more? I'm just not a more-more-more p…